New leaders elected in several area cities

A sign directs voters at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)
A sign directs voters at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

Voters in several Central Texas cities elected mayors on Saturday.

Georgetown is the largest of those cities.  Dale Ross defeated Marlene McMichael with 55 percent of the vote.

Mayor George Garver did not run for re-election.

Ross is an accountant who served as a Georgetown council member from 2008 to 2011.

McMichael previously served on Georgetown’s Planning and Zoning Commission.  She’s currently the vice chancellor for governmental affairs at Texas State Technical College.

In Kyle, two former council members and a former mayor faced off in a three-way race for the city’s top job.

Todd Webster and Bradley Pickett will go to a runoff on May 31. Webster garnered 44 percent of the vote, and Pickett received 32 percent. Both served on Kyle’s city council – Webster from 2003 to 2007 and Pickett from 2010 to 2012.

James Adkins served three terms as Kyle’s mayor from 1997 to 2005 but only picked up 24 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson did not run for re-election. She served two terms in office.

Voters in Wimberley chose Steve Thurber to be their new mayor. The race was between three current council members in the race to replace outgoing mayor Bob Flocke.

Thurber won with 50 percent of the vote.

The race pitted Place Two council member Mac McCullough against Place Four member Steve Thurber and Place One’s Tom Talcott. This election will bring a significant change to the five-member Wimberley council, since both McCullough and Thurber’s seats are on the ballot in Saturday’s election.

Bastrop voters also chose a new mayor in Ken Kesselus. Kesselus, who was serving as a council member, won with 79 percent of the vote. He beat out property tax consultant Bill Haschke in the race.

Incumbent mayor Terry Orr did not run for re-election.

Smithville reelected Mark A. Bunte with 57 percent of the vote. He defeated Ron Jones.

Mayors were also elected in the following communities:

  • Bartlett: Norris Ivy
  • Florence: Mary Condon
  • Highland Haven: Irene Dauphin
  • Liberty Hill: Connie Fuller
  • Webberville: Hector Gonzales
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