Freeport’s newly elected council member looking to the future

FREEPORT RESIDENT Elizabeth Haffner was recently elected to the Freeport City Council. (Photo by Jeffrey Powell)

Story by JEFFREY POWELL

As a young lady Elizabeth Haffner was introduced to the political process when her father ran for, and was elected to, the city council of Stafford, Texas. From that time forward Haffner always felt she would like to perform some kind of public service. That dream came true on July 10, 2018, when she was elected to seat 5 on the Freeport City Council.

Haffner and her husband Joe moved to Freeport in June of 2015, from DeFuniak Springs “to be closer to the beaches but not in the hustle and bustle of Destin.” They gravitated to the Freeport area also because of the small town feel and “It is a great place to raise a family.” The Haffners have two daughters, Mary Beth and Emma Grace.

Haffner became politically involved locally during the 2017 Freeport elections. Shortly after those contests were settled she told Joe she was going to run for one of the Freeport city council seats during the 2018 elections. For the next year she attended nearly all of the city’s regularly scheduled meetings as well as the various workshops held by the municipality.

“I attended as many meetings as I could,” said Haffner. “I believe my conservative values and family oriented ideals could be a benefit to the council. I am familiar with the meeting procedures and with the current issues that Freeport is facing. My plan is to take this knowledge and work toward the future of what has become my family’s forever home.”

Haffner’s background is in human resources and business relations. She has also focused on employee relations, developing policy and procedures criteria and problem solving techniques. She believes these skills will help her tackle hot button issues such as Freeport’s need for a new water treatment plant, the future development of the U.S. 331 corridor and the creation of affordable workforce housing.

“The voters of Freeport made their feelings known on Tuesday night,” said Haffner. “Now it is time to look forward and do for the citizens of Freeport. And while looking to the future I will not forget the rich history of this city and plan on preserving that heritage as we move forward.”

Haffner was particularly impressed by the kindness and support she received from the Freeport community while she campaigned for the city council.

“Campaigning here was great,” Haffner said with a smile. “I have met some of the greatest people in the world right here in Freeport. “I want to thank everyone that supported me and entrusted me to serve this fine community.”