Cedar Park residents will elect a mayor and three City Council members on May 5.
Candidates may file between Jan. 17-Feb. 16.
To view the applications of current candidates, visit www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/city-secretary/election-may-5-2018.
Bob Cornelius filed to run for the office of Mayor of Cedar Park on Feb. 16, according to city documents. Cornelius is a political strategist and founder and chief executive officer of 90 Degrees, an advertising and marketing firm for conservative initiatives and candidates, according to his campaign website, www.imbackingbob.com.
Cornelius's website says that his priorities are to rely more on sales tax and lower property taxes, create local jobs, focusing on public safety, expanding infrastructure, being accountable to citizens, eliminating tolls on Toll 183A and supporting Proposition A.
Corbin Van Arsdale applied to run for Cedar Park Mayor on Jan. 17, according to city documents. Van Arsdale currently serves as City Council Place 2, and previously held the position of Mayor Pro Tem and was a member of the Texas House of Representatives, according to the city’s website. He is the president and general counsel of AGC-Texas Building Branch, according to the site.
Van Arsdale said in a Facebook post that the top issues he wants to focus on in 2018 include public safety; passing a homestead exemption; better stewardship of land, water and air; transparency; improving transportation; expanding a regional emergency shelter for domestic violence victims; bringing new jobs; improving drainage; increasing access to nurses certified to assist victims of rape; and listening and working with fellow council members, city staff and city residents. His campaign website is www.corbincedarpark.org.
CITY COUNCIL, PLACE 2
Mel Kirkland filed to run for Cedar Park City Council, Place 2 on Feb. 12, according to city documents. Kirkland currently serves on the city’s Community Development Corporation Type B, or 4B Board, and previously served on the city’s Tourism Advisory Board, according to the city of Cedar Park’s website and city documents. Kirkland's campaign website is www.melforcedarpark.com.
Michael Thompson filed to run for Cedar Park City Council, Place 2 on Feb. 12, according to city documents. Thompson is involved with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a volunteer organization working to address climate change policy in government, according to a press release from the candidate. He works as a software architect and offering manager for IBM, according to the release.
If elected, Thompson plans to focus on energy and the environment by advocating for responsible energy such as renewable energy; transportation and mobility by working with nearby cities to create transit corridors and promote bike and pedestrian travel; public safety with effective budgets and supporting de-escalation tactics; affordability; and diversity and inclusion, according to the statement. His campaign website is www.thompson4cedarpark.com.
CITY COUNCIL, PLACE 4
Michael Guevara filed to run for Cedar Park City Council, Place 4, on Feb. 14, according to city documents. Guevara told Community Impact Newspaper that this he worked with Texas municipalities throughout his 18-year career in law and worked as a city attorney over the past eight years.
Patrick Walz filed to run for Cedar Park City Council, Place 4 on Jan. 26, according to city documents. Walz previously served as chair of the General Plan Consolidation Advisory Committee and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and as a member of the Board of Building Code Appeals in Sunnyvale, California, according to his Facebook page. He works as an engineer, project manager and safety manager for AECOM, an infrastructure firm, according to a press release from Walz.
Walz told Community Impact Newspaper that during his campaign and while in office, if elected, he would focus on evaluating transit options including accommodations for bikers and pedestrians; a plan for land use when the city has used all available land and must re-develop; reducing the city's affects on the environment and expanding green space; supporting the police department's efforts on de-escalation and mental health and improving fire and police employee retention; and ensuring the city is inclusive to people of all backgrounds. Walz’s campaign website is www.walzforcedarpark.com.
CITY COUNCIL, PLACE 6
Dorian Chavez filed to run for Cedar Park City Council, Place 6 on Feb. 14, according to city documents. Chavez served in the US Army as first lieutenant, National Guard as a captain and currently is a captain in the Texas State Guard and participated in Hurricane Harvey relief, according to his website. He works as an account executive, volunteers at Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding and organizes one of Cedar Park’s annual National Night Out events.
Chavez stated on his site that he believes local government should focus on services like fire, police, park and road maintenance. He is a fiscal conservative and said online that he wants to keep the city’s tax rate low while delivering high-quality services. Chavez's campaign website is www.dorianforcp.com.
Michael Gilchrist (withdrawn) filed to run for Cedar Park City Council, Place 6 on Feb. 16, according to city documents. Gilchrist later withdrew his application to run, according to the city of Cedar Park's website.
Gilchrist told Community Impact Newspaper that he is a US Army and National Guard veteran, small business owner and volunteer at Gateway Church. He has worked to help Bhutanese refugees in Austin and mentors young adults.
As a City Council Member, Gilchrist said his priorities would be to ensure a safe community for all residents; providing equal opportunity for people in the community; expanding a regional emergency shelter for domestic violence victims; creating a local mental health facility; focusing on economic development; and gaining a better understanding on traffic issues.
Shellie Hayes-McMahon filed for Cedar Park City Council, Place 6 on Feb. 12, according to city documents. Hayes-McMahon told Community Impact Newspaper that she works as an events manager for Lenoir Restaurant in Austin and recently graduated from the University of Texas Center for Professional Education with a Certificate of Human Resources Management. She currently serves on the city’s Parks, Arts, and Community Enrichment Board, or PACE, Board, according to the city’s website.
Hayes-McMahon said she would like to work with council to secure a working and accessible mass transit system in Cedar Park to relieve traffic and allow citizens to consider job opportunities inside and outside the city; build solid infrastructure and address environmental concerns; and provide humanitarian efforts such as a public clinic, city food bank and resources for Cedar Park residents entering or re-entering the workforce. Her campaign website is www.shellieforcp.com.