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May 9th, 2010
Election marks more change in Kyle, Hays CISD

STAFF REPORT

New citizens have joined the San Marcos CISD trustees, the Hays CISD trustees and the Kyle city council after a Saturday election that brought out 7.51 percent of the eligible voters.

The only election in San Marcos put John P. Crowley on the San Marcos CISD trustees with a tiny win against incumbent Peter Baen. Crowley received 115 votes, compared with 103 for Baen, who had been on the school board for seven years without winning an election. Crowley will represent District 5, which covers the northern portions of the school district, including the downtown square.

In Kyle, Diane Hervol and Brad Pickett won at-large seats on the city council. Hervol cruised past Jason Welch, 337 votes (64.44 percent) to 186 (35.56 percent). Hervol will take the place of Michelle Lopez, who lost a mayoral bid to Lucy Johnson in February, then declined to run for a second term on the council. Pickett ran unopposed to replace David Salazar, who stepped down after two terms. Pickett received 396 votes.

The two new Kyle councilmembers add to sweeping change across the Kyle city government starting with the February election. In less than three months, the city council has four new councilmembers and a new mayor. In the middle of all that, City Manager Tom Mattis resigned.

In the February election, Russ Heubner joined the council in place of Ray Bryant, who is running as a Democrat for Hays County Precinct 2 commissioner. Also, Jaime Sanchez replaced Johnson, who replaced Mike Gonzalez as mayor. Gonzalez stepped down to run as a Republican for Hays County Precinct 2 commissioner, only to lose big against Hays CISD Trustee Mark Jones in the March primary.

Hays CISD, which includes Kyle, has seen its own share of change in the last several months. Saturday, long-time school district volunteer Marty Kanetzky thumped long-time trustee Joe Muñoz to represent District 5, which covers the western reaches of the school district.

Kanetzky received 358 votes (68.45 percent) to 165 votes for Muñoz. Kanetzky replaces Trustees President Chip DuPont, who declined to run for a fourth term on the board. DuPont first was elected in 2001.

Moving his residence from District 2 to District 5, Muñoz resigned from the board last September after representing District 2 since 1999. The board appointed Willie Tenorio to fill out the Muñoz term, which was to expire with the May election. Tenorio was declared the winner when no one filed to run against him for the seat in Saturday’s vote.

Meredith Keller also won a seat on the board when she didn’t draw an opponent in District 4 and the board thereby declared her victorious. Keller, who has been active in school affairs since her family moved to Buda in 2002, replaces Ralph Pfluger, who decided against seeking a third term since going on the board in 2004. Pfluger also was a founding Hays CISD trustee in 1967 and, before then, a Buda school district trustee. District 4 covers the northern sections of the school district.

Thus, since September, the Hays school board has replaced three members — DuPont, Muñoz and Pfluger — with more than 30 years of combined school board experience, and who have seen the district through the last ten years of rapid growth and change. The board is likely to name a new president from within its ranks this month.

Wimberley voters decided on mayor and two council positions Saturday. In the mayoral race, Bob Flocke defeated Carroll Czichos, 390 votes (52.92 percent) to 347 (47.08). The closest election of the day came in the Wimberley Place 2 council race, with Mac McCullough scoring a two-vote win against Gary “Catfish” Pigg. McCullough received 363 votes, to 361 for Pigg. For Place 4 on the Wimberley council, Steve Thurber won with 376 votes (51.86 percent) to 349 votes (48.14 percent) for Beth Mitchell.

The election drew 3,878 of 51,630 registered voters within the portions of Hays County in which voting took place.

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