Nolanville is small city in Bell County with a big problem—18-wheelers use the city as a shortcut between highways.
The constant flow of big rigs puts a toll on the city roads. It’s an issue that city council candidate Dave Brackmann says he wants to tackle if elected.
"There's a lot of traffic vehicular between 439 and 190, and I think that the infrastructure of the city needs to be addressed and improved," he said.
Brackmann is a multimedia manager at Fort Hood and also owns Do Good Designs, a custom design shop right off Nolanville's Main Street. He and his wife decided to stay in Nolanville instead of going to a more populated area.
"We wanted to keep it local,” Brackmann said. “We wanted to make an improvement and show other people that changes can be made."
Brackmann’s opponent for city council seat 5 also wants to see those changes come to Nolanville.
Ernesto Servan is a sales manager at Killeen's Cleo Bay Subaru dealership, and says he wants to do everything he can to help his adopted home.
"It's time for me to give back to the community now," he said. "For what all you guys have done to me," he said.
Servan came to Fort Hood as young soldier in 1997, and now he's raising a family in Nolanville.
Like his opponent, Ernesto believes in infrastructure improvements. He also wants to create more reasons for residents to stay.
"I want to be able to have a park system where maybe people can walk from one park to the other, and be able to be a community," Servan said.
Ernesto and Dave are more than opponents—they are also neighbors.
"I was out cutting the lawn and Ernesto came out to go out with his family,” Berkmann said. “We both looked over and approached one another and chuckled, ‘Hey you're running too.’"
Election Day is Nov. 5, and early voting is already underway.