Kyle Mayor Miguel Gonzalez stirred up a contest Friday, announcing his run for Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner in the Republican primary next March.
Gonzalez joins a wide open race for the seat held by Jeff Barton (D-Kyle), who is widely assumed to be planning a run against County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) on the Democratic side.
Hays CISD Trustee Mark Jones already has announced his candidacy for Barton’s seat as a Republican, while Kyle City Councilmember Ray Bryant has announced his candidacy as a Democrat.
Gonzalez became Kyle’s mayor in a 2005 election and claimed another term without an opponent in 2008. In announcing his candidacy, Gonzalez cited Kyle’s development in the last five years, including two million square feet of retail at the intersection of Kyle Parkway and Interstate-35 and the opening of the Seton Hospital last month.
“Managing the diverse challenges of the fifth fastest growing city in Texas, I have developed the leadership and experience needed to make the wise decisions that produce the results citizens need,” Gonzalez said. “I am excited to announce my candidacy because I am motivated forward for the right reasons.”
A native of Eagle Pass, Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas State. After a brief stint in Houston, Gonzalez and his wife, Linda, moved in 2002 to Kyle, where he is a realtor.