Unofficial results: Ross wins Place 6 Leander City Council seat; two seats head to runoff elections

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Three council member seats were on the May 1 ballot. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three council member seats were on the May 1 ballot. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated 10:15 p.m. May 1

With all precincts reporting, Becki Ross will win the Place 6 seat on Leander City Council, according to unofficial results. Runoff elections will be needed for the Place 2 and 4 seats as no candidate received more than 50% of votes.

Ross won with 2,872 votes, or 51.46%, of all votes. Place 6 Incumbent Marci Cannon received 48.54% of votes.

In Place 2, Mike Sanders and Esmeralda Traube will head to a runoff election. Sanders received 36.6% of votes, and Traube received 33.94% of votes. Incumbent Annette Sponseller received 29.46% of votes.

In Place 4, Donnie Mahan and Nacole Thompson will head to a runoff. Mahan received 48.72% of votes, and Thompson received 43.07% of votes. Candidate Steve Hanes did not campaign but received 462 votes.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 9:37 p.m. May 1

With 25 of 27 precincts reporting, Donnie Mahan and Becki Ross are so far keeping their leads for Leander City Council Place 4 and 6 seats.

Mike Sanders now leads in the Place 2 race with 36.59% of votes ahead of incumbent Annette Sponseller and candidate Esmeralda Traube. Sponseller has 29.48% of votes, and Traube has 33.93% of votes.

Mahan now has 48.72% of votes in the Place 4 race ahead of candidates Nacole Thompson and Steve Hanes. Thompson has 43.08% of votes, and Hanes has 8.21% of votes.

Ross now has 51.44% of votes in the Place 6 race, 161 votes ahead of incumbent Marci Cannon who has 48.56% of votes.

Without at least 50% of votes in a seat race, a runoff election will be held between the two candidates who received the most votes to pick the winner. The mayor and council members need a majority vote to be elected, according to city ordinance.

Original post: 7:19 p.m. May 1

Early-voting results show Esmeralda Traube, Donnie Mahan and Becki Ross in the lead of the Leander City Council races for places 2, 4 and 6, respectively, according to the Williamson county election office.

Place 2

Traube leads with 1,270, or 35.4%, of the total votes. Mike Sanders has 1,202, or 33.5%, of the total votes. Incumbent Annette Sponseller has 1,116, or 31.1%, of the total votes.

Place 4

Donnie Mahan has 1,708, or 48.28%, of votes. Nacole Thompson has 1,563, or 44.18%, of the total votes.

Though candidate Steve Hanes received 7.55% of votes, Hanes told Community Impact Newspaper he withdrew his candidacy for office in March.

Place 6

Becki Ross leads with 1,882, or 53.48%, of the total votes. Incumbent Marci Cannon has 1,637, or 46.52%, of the votes.

Leander City Council members are elected at large and serve three-year terms.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. Visit to see results from all local elections in your community.
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.