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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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.


By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
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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Georgetown ISD prepares for an uncertain budget cycle. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The board must adopt a budget by June 30. The new budget cycle begins July 1.

Georgetown ISD was one of the few Central Texas districts that was able to open every campus following a week of record-breaking freezes from a series of winter storms. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD emerges from Texas storm largely unscathed

Georgetown ISD was one of the few Central Texas districts that was able to open every campus following a week of record-breaking freezes from a series of winter storms.

The city of Georgetown has organized tree limb cleanup for residents. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown organizes tree limb cleanup for residents

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Georgetown will amend its city budget due to the winter storm. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown to amend city budget due to winter storm

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Williamson County is expecting two weeks' worth of COVID-19 vaccine doses after the winter storm delay. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County expects double COVID-19 vaccine doses after winter storm delay

Officials said the county will prioritize individuals who were scheduled to receive a vaccine during the week of Feb. 15 before offering appointments to waitlisted individuals.

Georgetown to lift water conservation mandate at noon Feb. 23. (Courtesy Whitewater Express Car Wash)
Georgetown to lift water conservation mandate at noon Feb. 23

The mandate was initially scheduled to be in place until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 24.

The boil water notice was lifted for all Georgetown customers Feb. 22. (Courtesy Pexels)
Boil notice lifted for all Georgetown customers Feb. 22

While residents no longer need to boil their water before consumption, the city remains under water use restrictions.

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Georgetown ISD to return to virtual, in-person classes on Feb. 22

“While some neighboring districts have been forced to close, we have been very fortunate in Georgetown,” Superintendent Fred Brent said.

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Georgetown extends state of disaster through March 23

This disaster declaration extension is separate from the city's mandate on excess water use, officials said.

Boil water notice lifted for Liberty Hill and Westinghouse area on Feb. 21. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Boil water notice lifted for Liberty Hill, Westinghouse area but residents must limit to essential use

Those living in Florence remain until the boil water notice as the system continues to recover, officials said.

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Georgetown lifts boil-water notice for most customers

City of Georgetown lifts the boil-water notice for approximately 15,900 customers.

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Texas Disaster Declaration opens door to federal aid for losses sustained during winter storms

Individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the February 2021 winter storms are eligible for federal assistance, according to a Texas Disaster Declaration approved