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 communityimpact.com/voter-guide/election-results 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.