Bierstedt has served on city council for 12 years now

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Andrea Bierstedt who is seeking re-election to the Freer City Council Saturday, feels she is a voice of experience since she has served on the council for 12 years.

"I've seen so many accomplishments during the years, too many to even name," she said.

Accomplishments include the addition of the local Animal Control Shelter, as well as the half-cent sales tax which has provided revenue to pay for city street repairs, she recalled.

"There's more to it than just attending meetings. We're each an ambassador of the city wherever we go," she said. "Some think change may be good for the council but, in my opinion, change is only good when it's done for the betterment of our community, not for personal gain," Bierstedt added.

"Anything I do, I do from my heart and all the work I've done has come from my heart - making decisions that are based on what is best for our community."

Bierstedt said though she stays busy as a council member, she particularly enjoys working as a volunteer at school functions.

For two years, she has held the office of Junior High PTO vice president and has also been a member of the Freer Athletic Booster Club and Freer Fair Association.

"I think as adults, we should teach children that giving back to the community is important, to have pride in our town and especially to do what you can without expecting something in return," she said. "Kids here are good kids."

Born and raised in Freer, Bierstedt graduated from high school in 1981, attended TSTI in Harlingen and Del Mar College studying business management.

For four years she worked in the Duval County District Clerk's office and for the past seven years has been employed as a clerk at Valero.

"I'm running again because I'm proud of our community and want it to continue to grow," she said. "It's a big responsibility and I will always do my best to serve the people."

She and her husband, Dean, have three children, Brittany, Tanner and Hondo.

Opposing Bierstedt for Place 3 in the election on May 12 is candidate Josie Fernandez.