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January 11th, 2010
Lopez announces run for Kyle mayor

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STAFF REPORT

KYLE — Kyle Councilmember Michelle Lopez has announced her run for mayor in the special election to be conducted on Feb. 13.

Lopez is running against Kyle Councilmember Lucy Johnson in the election to replace Mayor Mike Gonzalez, who is a candidate for Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner in the March 2 Republican primary.

Lopez won election to the Kyle City Council for an at-large seat in May 2007.

In her announcement, Lopez said she collaborated with Gonzalez, city staff and the city attorney to propose a debt-management policy for the city, which went more than $70 million into debt to build infrastructure and amenities.

“This is an example of the type of policy decision-making in which city council should be engaged, ensuring that taxpayers are not overburdened with their ‘fair’ share,” Lopez said.

Lopez is a native of Fort Worth who moved to Kyle in 1998. She holds a bachelor’s in government with a minor in Spanish from Texas Women’s University in Denton and a master’s in college student affairs from Texas State. She is a doctoral student in higher education administration at Texas A&M.

She has been married to Ruben Lopez for 13 years. The couple recently had their first child, a son.

“As a new mother, homeowner and active member of the community, I share many of the same concerns that you, my fellow neighbors, have about roadways, taxes, employment and quality of life,” Lopez said. “This is why I have taken an active role in developing our city’s strategic plan, promoting economic development, initiating the city’s legislative priorities, ensuring fiscal responsibility and requesting citizen participation during my term of office.”

Lopez is chair of the city’s economic development and tourism committee, and a member of both the library and recreation building committees. She also is an executive board member for the United Way of Hays County and president of both the Ladies Altar Society at St. Anthony Marie Claret Catholic Church and the Austin Alumnae Panhellenic Association.

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