Kyle Mayor Mike Gonzalez said on Friday he will run for Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner, setting the stage for a Republican Party primary battle against Hays CISD board vice president Mark Jones, who has been campaigning for weeks.
Kyle city council member Ray Bryant is running as a Democrat and so far has drawn no opponents for that party’s nomination.
Filing for county and state offices began Thursday and runs through Jan. 4. Both parties will chose their nominees in primary elections on March 2. Incumbent Commissioner Jeff Barton is expected to run for county judge instead of re-election.
In a press release announcing his run, Gonzalez pointed to business development in Kyle since his election as mayor in 2005 including the Hays Seton Medical Center and retail development that followed. He also noted his regional experience as a board member for both the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency.
“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.”
With a term not set to expire until May 2011, Gonzalez will have to resign as mayor to seek the commissioner seat.
The Kyle City Council this week called a special election for Feb. 13 to fill Bryant’s soon-to-be-vacant District 6 seat.