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Former Mountain City mayor Beth Smith swears in her daughter, Tiffany Curnutt, as the new mayor of Mountain City. COURTESY PHOTO


Tiny Mountain City between Kyle and Buda doesn’t really have mountains, but it does have the mother-daughter Smith political dynasty.

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Hays County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith was the youngest mayor in Texas when she was elected to lead the bite-sized municipality in 1984 at the age of 28. She served 14 years in that role; in addition to being justice of the peace, Smith is the Buda Municipal Judge and chairs the emergency services district board that oversees the Kyle Fire Department.

Smith recently administered the oath of office to her daughter, 30-year-old Tiffany Curnutt, the Hays Free Press reports. Smith joked that Curnutt was getting a late start at age 30 — two years older than Smith was when first elected.

Curnutt, an information technology business analyst for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, ran unopposed for Mountain City Mayor in the May municipal election after two years on the city council.

“I’m so very proud of her accomplishments thus far and now especially proud that she is continuing public service. I guess it runs in our blood,” Smith told the newspaper.

With a 2010 population of 648, Mountain City has about as many residents as a medium-sized subdivision. It covers 320 acres and an extraterritorial jurisdiction several times that size.  The city limits include a little less than 5,000 feet of frontage on FM 2270, which connects Kyle and Buda.

Read the full story in the Hays Free Press here.

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