Application window for May 4 elections now open to potential candidates

The application filing window for the May 4 general elections in the Lake-Travis Westlake area began Wednesday, Jan. 16. Below is more information on all of the entities in the area holding elections as well as important dates to know leading up to and following May 4.

 Feb. 15 – Deadline to file application for a place on the ballot
 Feb. 22 – Last day for a candidate to withdraw an application
 April 4 – Last day to register to vote in the May 4 election
 April 22 – Early voting begins
 April 30 – Last day of early voting
 May 4 – Election day
 May 15 – Elected candidates take oath of office
Eanes ISD

The Eanes ISD board of trustees election will be to fill places 4, 6 and 7.
Place 6 is currently held by Colleen Jones and Place 7 by Ellen Balthazar, and both seats are up for full three-year terms. Place 4 was vacated by Julia Webber's resignation and will be up for election for the two-year remainder of her term.
Lake Travis ISD

The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees election is to fill places 3, 4 and 5 for full, three-year terms.
Place 3 is held by Jessica Putonti, Place 4 by board Vice President John Aoueille and Place 5 by President Kim Flasch.
City of West Lake Hills

West Lake Hills’ general election will fill council member seats for places 1, 3 and 5. Those elected to office will serve two-year terms from May 2019 to May 2021. Place 1 is held by Rhonda McCollough, Place 3 by Beth South and Place 5 by Jim O'Connor.
City of Bee Cave

Seats up for election are currently held by incumbent council members Marie Lowman, Kara King and Andrew Clark. King has served on City Council since 2013, Lowman since 2014 and Clark was appointed in June 2018 to fill the vacancy left by Mayor Monty Parker. King said she plans to run again for a spot on the council, and Lowman said she will not run again. Clark confirmed Thursday, Jan. 10 he will seek re-election. Andrea Willott, Bee Cave Planning and Zoning commissioner, said she also plans to run for a spot on the council.
City of Lakeway

The city of Lakeway election involves three council members and the mayor, all of whom have terms expiring in May. Council members Ron Massa, Keith Trecker and Bridge Bertram will not be running for seats since they have reached their term limits. Mayor Sandy Cox is also up for re-election in May but has not announced an intention to run.

Village of Briarcliff
Should applicants file by the Feb. 15 deadline, a potential election could take place for the mayor and two alderman slots. Mayor Al Hostetler as well as aldermen Dave Hertel and James Johnston are all up for re-election in May.
By Brian Rash

Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


The board of trustees approved a resolution for the option to enter a tax rate election for two additional golden pennies. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eanes ISD passes resolution regarding additional golden pennies

Facing a $2.3 million budget deficit for the 2019-20 school year, Eanes ISD passed a resolution during a Feb. 25 board meeting for the option to seek a voter-approved tax rate election.

General Counsel Allyson Collins, Deputy Superintendent Jeff Arnett and Chief Human Resources Officer Laurie Lee presented the board with the proposed amendments during a Feb. 25 meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Seeking increased local control, Eanes ISD discusses amendments to innovation plan

The board of trustees discussed a number of potential amendments to its plan for innovation, including raising a credit by exam score and obtaining flexibility regarding employee benefits.

Bee Cave's Central Park could benefit from a partnership between the city and West Travis County Public Utility Agency. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bee Cave, WTCPUA to examine partnership on irrigation of Central Park

The city of Bee Cave and the West Travis County Public Utility Agency will advance discussions to potentially broker a mutually beneficial partnership centered on irrigation.

Cofer will retire from his position in April. (Courtesy Hill Country Conservancy)
Founder, CEO of Hill Country Conservancy to retire in April

George Cofer will retire from his position in April.

Apex Building Solutions coming soon to the Lake Travis area

Apex Building solitions offers roofing, remodeling and construction services.

Adorn Boutique announces new location

Adorn Boutique is set to open a West Lake Hills location in April on Bee Caves Road.

Repeal of straight-ticket voting could mean longer lines ahead in Travis County this fall

The Texas Legislature repealed straight-ticket voting in 2017, but the change was not implemented until this year. In November 2018, more than 60% of county voters chose the straight-ticket option.

The board of trustees approved several agenda items during the Feb. 19 school board meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
ICYMI: Special ed staff increases, Vail Divide progress, more from Lake Travis ISD Feb. 19 board meeting

The board of trustees made progress on the Vail Divide and Spillman Loop extention projects along with approving budget allocations for new staff.

LT Senior Services is an organization formed to serve and engage with aging adults and their families in the Lake Travis community. (Courtesy LT Senior Services)
LT Senior Services announces partnership with local library

LT Senior Services and the Lake Travis Community Library will partner to provide educational seminars to aging members of the community.

Sharon Maidenberg will take over as the museum’s new executive director and CEO. (Courtesy The Contemporary Austin)
The Contemporary Austin announces new executive director

The museum was founded in 2013 and focuses on contemporary artists and offers exhibitions, educational opportunities and various events.

From left are: CEO Mike Moody, President Jeff Dye and Austin Division President Shay Brinkley. (Courtesy Newmark Homes)
Newmark Homes announces return to Austin market

The homebuilding company will offer floor plans by Kipp Flores architects within Lakeway’s Rough Hollow community as well as Austin’s Provence community, with model homes opening in late February.

Attendees ask questions at the Feb. 20 TxDOT open house on the RM 620 widening project. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
TxDOT holds final open house, hearing on lower RM 620 widening

Though funding is not fully secured for the roughly 9-mile stretch of RM 620 from Hwy. 71 to Hudson Bend Road slated to be widened in the coming years, project leaders are now more confident about key aspects of the project as it heads into the environmental finding phase.

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