by SEAN KIMMONS
After the hoard of election supporters clutching candidate posters cleared away and the final votes were tallied, Lucy Johnson was elected as Kyle’s next mayor while Jaime Sanchez and Russell Huebner were voted onto the city council in Saturday’s special election.
The city council shuffle started when Mayor Mike Gonzalez and Councilmember Ray Bryant resigned to vie for run for Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner. Councilmembers Johnson and López then resigned their seats in hopes of becoming the city’s next mayor.
At just 26 years old, Johnson is believed to be the youngest mayor ever elected in Kyle history.
“I’m just so thankful and amazed at the outpouring of support that I’ve received in the last few weeks,” Johnson said at her victory party.
She added that she’ll standby the tenants of her campaign by focusing on a proactive city council and tackling the city’s debt problems.
“I think we need a more involved city council,” she said. “We need councilmembers who are real active participants in the city’s government because we’re governing for the people.
“And also, obviously, controlling city spending by coming up with a sensible and professional Kyle budget and tackling the debt problem now,” she said.
Huebner joins Johnson on the council and echoed concerns about the mounting city debt issue as well.
“The first thing to do is to get the city’s spending stabilized, instead of increasing our debt,” he said.
He also wants to start a plan to get the Kyle Police Department properly funded without creating more debt and raising property taxes, he said.
Sanchez could not be reached for comment.
Kyle’s Special Election voting:
Lucy Johnson 529
Michelle López 476
Council Place 5
Jaime Sanchez 473
Mike Fulton 403
Jon Claeton 43
John Simmang 22
Council Place 6
Russell Huebner 170
Rhonda Cox 156Email | Print