Williamson County's newest city will soon have its first elected officials.
The small farming community of Coupland voted to incorporate in November, but they quickly ran into one problem.
"We can't do anything because there are no city officials," Coupland resident Jack Piper said.
But resident Jack Piper said that come May, Coupland residents will essentially be electing an entire local government.
Piper is running for mayor uncontested, but residents will also have to select a marshal and five aldermen to run the city.
One might think the incorporation and upcoming election are all about growth, but Piper says the changes are more about preservation.
"(It’s) mainly to protect ourselves, to keep Coupland Coupland," he said.
In other words, they’re acting now to prevent surrounding growth from affecting their community.
"It's scary, but it's really very exciting because what we want to do like Jack says is simply preserve the way of life that we so enjoy here," Jack’s wife Barbara Piper, Coupland Civic Organization President, said.
Unlike her husband, Barbara was born and raised in the east Williamson County community. She's looking forward to politics--Coupland style.
"Very few ordinances, and govern as little as possible, but have ordinances that are in the best interest for the health and well being of the citizens of this town," she said.
The election is scheduled for May 11. In the meantime, a group of Coupland residents have formed a committee to already discuss issues city officials might tackle in the future—including zoning, ordinances and taxes.