Penniman-Morin, Duffy, Harris sworn in to Cedar Park City Council

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Jim Penniman-Morin was sworn in to Place 1. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jim Penniman-Morin was sworn in to Place 1. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Anne Duffy was sworn in to Place 3. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Kevin Harris was sworn in to Place 5. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Two familiar faces and one new face were sworn into Cedar Park City Council May 13.

Jim Penniman-Morin will begin as Place 1 council member after winning 62.1% of votes. Penniman-Morin, an attorney, said it was an exciting night for him and for the city.

“It was a great boring meeting, just as we promised,” he said in council closing comments.

Anne Duffy won 62.8% of votes to keep her Place 3 seat. Duffy, a registered nurse, said the council has people full of integrity and who want community and leadership.

"The fresh start is what was needed because we can let all the other stuff go and move forward," Duffy said.

Kevin Harris won 63% of votes for the Place 5 seat. Council Member Harris, owner of the Kevin Harris Agency/Farmers Insurance, returns to city council after a brief tenure last fall as an appointed Place 4 replacement.

“I’m excited to be here," he said.

City charter propositions

City Council also adopted two city charter amendments May 13 that voters approved May 1: Propositions B and E.

Proposition B (61.86% approval) gives the city manager signature authority as authorized or directed by the city council. Proposition E (63.06% approval) requires automatic, immediate resignation when a candidate files for offices outside of Cedar Park City Council.

Proposition C passed May 1 (59.06% approval) but depended on passing Proposition A. Voters voted down Proposition A (50.9% disapproval), which extended term lengths from two years to three years, and Proposition D (58.18% disapproval), which related to attorney-client privilege in executive session meetings.

Final election results:

Proposition A: Increasing term lengths to three years from two years

FOR: 49.15% (3,564 votes)

AGAINST: 50.85% (3,687 votes)

Proposition B: City manager authorizations

FOR: 61.91% (4,429 votes)

AGAINST: 38.09% (2,725 votes)

Proposition C: Filling council member vacancies

FOR: 59.09% (4,197 votes)

AGAINST: 40.91% (2,906 votes)

Proposition D: Protecting attorney-client privilege in executive session meetings

FOR: 41.86% (2,973 votes)

AGAINST: 58.14% (4,130 votes)

Proposition E: Automatic, immediate resignation when filing for other offices

FOR: 63.07% (4,499 votes)

AGAINST: 36.93% (2,634 votes)
By Taylor Girtman
Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in Feb. 2020.


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