Election Q&A: Meet Georgetown mayoral candidates

Candidates Larry Brundidge, Jonathan Dade and Josh Schroeder speak on how they plan to help the city recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Candidates Larry Brundidge, Jonathan Dade and Josh Schroeder speak on how they plan to help the city recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Candidates Larry Brundidge, Jonathan Dade and Josh Schroeder speak on how they plan to help the city recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



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Georgetown Mayor










Larry Brundidge




Occupation: retired


Experience: God has prepared me to fulfill the responsibility of Mayor of Georgetown with every source of education, experience, job and responsibility in my life.






How will you help Georgetown recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



LB: One: Returning the operation of the city to traditional live (nonvirtual) city council, commission and board meetings while maintaining social safety standards. Two: providing an elective and penalty free extension for property tax payment(s) to June 1, 2021 for all citizens, and three: freezing property taxes for a period of two years at the amount for either any of the past two tax years or the upcoming tax year, whichever is less.









Jonathan Dade




Occupation: rabbi, author


Experience: chair of Americans with Disabilities Act Board, Georgetown Police Department Chaplain, Navy veteran (surface warfare officer), master of business administration






How will you help Georgetown recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



JD: Our small businesses suffered a lot during the coronavirus pandemic. Single parents and working families were also hit hard. And many of us citizens longed for answers, or just communication. As Mayor, I will work to revive small businesses through creative relief programs. I will partner with non-profits to help families get caught up on life. And I will be available, serving as that strong leader who makes tough decisions, when you need it most.









Josh Schroeder




Occupation: attorney


Experience: chair of P&Z, ZBA and HARC; served on 2030 Steering Committee and Williams Drive Study Group. Chaired numerous non-profit boards.






How will you help Georgetown recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



JS: Our main priority is the preservation of our local businesses, not just because they are owned by and employ our friends and neighbors, but also because they are the backbone of our local economy. We must continue to grow our sales tax base if we are going to maintain the level of services expected by our community and keep our property taxes low. Our small business grant programs were a small step, and innovative ideas like outdoor dining will also help.


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Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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