Two Leander City Council races move to June 5 runoff election

Leander Public Library
Leander Public Library will be the sole early voting and election day location for all Leander voters. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Leander Public Library will be the sole early voting and election day location for all Leander voters. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Two Leander City Council races will be determined in a June 5 runoff election. Mike Sanders and Esmeralda Traube will be on the ballot for Place 2. Nacole Thompson and Donnie Mahan will compete for the Place 4 seat.

Early voting will run May 24-29 and June 1 at the Leander Public Library annex at 1011 S. Bagdad Road, according to the city. The library will also be the sole election day voting location.

For Places 2 and 4, no candidate reached a majority of votes May 1, which calls for a runoff election between the two candidates who received the most votes, according to city ordinances.

Sanders and Traube received the most votes in the Place 2 race, beating incumbent Annette Sponseller. Sanders received 36.6% of votes May 1, and Traube received 33.94% of votes. Sponseller got 29.46% of votes.

Thompson received 43.07% of votes May 1 for the Place 4 seat, and Mahan received 48.72% of votes. Place 4 candidate Steve Hanes received 8.21% of votes after announcing he would no longer seek election in March.


These are the candidates on the June 5 ballot:

Place 2

  • Mike Sanders

  • Esmeralda Traube


Place 4


  • Nacole Thompson

  • Donnie Mahan


On May 1, Christine Sederquist won the Leander mayor race, and Becki Ross won the Place 6 council seat. They will tentatively be sworn in May 20.

The city said May 1 election results would be canvassed on or before May 12.
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.