New faces at City Hall

New faces at City hallLakeway city council

Jean Hennigan

Top priorities: Encourage the right kind of development as Lakeway grows, work toward resolving the staffing dilemma facing businesses in the area, finding a solution to traffic congestion

Inside Information: Jean Hennigan, a Lakeway resident for eight years, will be joining the City Council in May and runs unopposed for her seat. She previously served on the Lakeway Zoning and Planning Commission and volunteered with the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce. “It’s an exciting time to join council,” Hennigan said.

Keith Trecker

Top priorities: Utilize experience working with various local governments and leadership styles to address Lakeway issues

Inside Information: Keith Trecker, a Lakeway resident for four years, will be joining the City Council in May and runs unopposed for his seat. His experience includes serving in the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot and a management career in medical devices. He previously served as chairman of the Lakeway Zoning and Planning Commission.

West Lake Hills Mayor

Linda Anthony

Top priorities: Continue the respect and dialogue of the current City Council and ensure residents are always heard

Inside Information: Linda Anthony, a former City Council and Zoning and Planning Commission member, was sworn in Dec. 9 to lead the city of West Lake Hills following the resignation of former Mayor Dave Claunch.

She filed unopposed for the May election and said she wants to focus on addressing oak wilt, drainage and business.

West Lake Hills City Council

Rhonda McCullough

Top priorities: Support the city’s master plan, seek effective but affordable ways for the city to deter the spread of oak wilt and meet more West Lake Hills residents to learn their concerns

Inside Information: Rhonda McCullough begins serving on City Council in May following an unopposed election for the seat. She said she decided to run for council because she “hoped to be of service to the city.”

“I want residents and neighbors to know that I am very interested in learning their take on things,” McCullough said.

Beth South

Top priorities: Serve the City Council until May when City Council Member Rhonda McCullough is sworn in

Inside Information: Beth South was appointed to the interim seat in January after Mayor Linda Anthony’s former City Council position became available in December.

“People can rest assured that the council truly cares for their opinions,” She said.

Brian Plunkett

Top priorities: Ensure basic city services are efficient and effective as well as keep a long-term point of view when making decisions

Inside Information: Brian Plunkett was appointed by City Council Oct. 28 to the Place 2 position vacated by former Council Member Taylor Holcomb. He runs unopposed for the May election. “West Lake Hills isn’t the way it is by accident—it’s been preserved,” he said. “I want to balance individual rights with community values.”

Important Dates:

Last day to register to vote: April 7
In-person early voting: April 25-May 3
Last day to apply for ballot by mail: April 26
Election day: May 7

Polling Locations:

Registered voters in Travis County can cast their ballot at any vote center within the county during early voting and on election day. For a complete list of Travis County polling locations, visit

Bee Cave area

Bee Cave City Hall
4000 Galleria Parkway

Travis County Parks Office
14624 Hamilton Pool Road
Four Points area

5145 N. RR 620

Travis County Sheriff’s Office
3800 Hudson Bend Road

Lakeway area

Lake Travis ISD Educational Development Center
607 N. RR 620

Lakeway Activity Center
105 Cross Creek

2301 S. RR 620

Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive


Rollingwood Municipal Building
403 Nixon Drive, Spicewood

Briarcliff POA Community Center
22801 Briarcliff Drive

Westlake area

Bridge Point Elementary School
6401 Cedar St.

Laura’s Library
9411 Bee Caves Road

Lost Creek Limited District Office
1305 Quaker Ridge Drive

Oak Hill Fire Dept. Barton Creek  Station No. 302
4111 Barton Creek Blvd.

3300 Bee Caves Road

Voter ID required

Texas voters are required to present one of seven specific forms of photo identification before they may cast their ballot.

Under Senate Bill 14, which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 but did not take effect until a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 25, 2013, voters must present one of the following forms of ID to vote:

  • Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

  • Texas personal ID card issued by DPS

  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS

  • U.S. military ID card containing the cardholder’s

  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing the cardholder’s photograph

  • U.S. passport

The following forms of ID will not be accepted:

  • Student ID

  • Utility bills

  • ID cards issued by employers

  • Any ID, other than U.S. citizenship certification, more than 60 days expired

Voters who do not have a valid form of ID can apply for an Election Identification Certificate at no cost at any driver’s license office. The EIC is valid for six years, but any EIC issued to a voter older than age 70 has no expiration date. Details on how to apply for an EIC are available on the DPS website,

The candidates listed in this guide will be on the May 7 local election ballot in the communities defined by Community Impact Newspaper’s Lake Travis/Westlake coverage area. All races including uncontested races are listed. Candidates with silhouette photos were not able to be reached before press time.


Home sales have increased in the Lake Travis-Westlake area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Real estate competition grows in Lake Travis-Westlake region as Central Texas sees unprecedented housing demand

Residential home sales in the Lake Travis-Westlake area soared by 28.5% in December. The total dollar volume, which represents the month’s total sale prices, increased by 56.2%.

The legality of reinstating tighter restrictions on public camping, solicitation, and sitting and lying down remains vague. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott floats ‘statewide camping ban’ as homeless debate heats up

The legality of reinstating tighter restrictions on public camping, solicitation, and sitting and lying down remains vague.

Staff at Lake Travis ISD received COVID-19 vaccinations Jan. 19. (Courtesy Marco Alvarado)
Staff at Eanes, Lake Travis ISDs obtain COVID-19 vaccine

Through a partnership with local health entities, this week, Eanes ISD and Lake Travis ISD secured COVID-19 vaccines for a combined 338 eligible staff members.

Dr. Judith L. Thompson recently took the time to answer several general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
'We still have a long way to go': Central Texas physician answers questions about COVID-19 vaccine

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Pam Sanchez, chief financial officer for Lake Travis ISD, presented early budget estimates during a Jan. 20 school board meeting. (Courtesy Lake Travis ISD)
Lake Travis ISD begins preliminary budget discussions featuring tax rate reductions, enrollment projects

During a Jan. 20 Lake Travis ISD board of trustees meeting, LTISD Chief Financial Officer Pam Sanchez began the 2021-22 preliminary budget overview, which featured projectiosn for enrollment, revenue and property value for the district.

Photo of a doctor handling a vaccine
As community waits anxiously, here is where Travis County stands with COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Demand still exceeds supply for vaccines in the Austin area, even for those in Phase 1 of distribution.

As President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office, elected officials from around Texas took to Twitter. (Courtesy Adobe Stock Images)
President Joe Biden's inauguration spurs reactions from elected officials around Texas

As President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office, elected officials from around Texas took to Twitter.

Art Barn ATX owner Amber Gordon uses resin on a project. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
Get messy on purpose, enjoy lake views at Art Barn ATX in Leander

The business hosts birthday parties and summer camps along with art sessions for all ages.

In addition to vaccine hubs, there are also smaller community vaccine providers throughout Texas, such as pharmacies, that may also have the vaccine available. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
EXPLAINED: When, where and how Texans can receive the COVID-19 vaccine

As Texas is still in the early stages of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, many Texans are still unsure about where, when and how they can get inoculated.

Lakeway city council voted Jan. 19 to annex and zone land off Tomichi Trail for use as a future park. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lakeway council votes to annex and zone land for park to be near Crosswind community

Lakeway City Council heard environmental concerns at its Jan. 19 meeting.

Save Austin Now wants to overturn a city policy that allows public camping. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Aiming to reinstate camping ban, group guarantees it has enough signatures to put controversial policy on ballot

If validated, the controversial decision to lift the public camping ban could be up to voters in May.