Update: Several elections to take place in Lake Travis-Westlake area on May 4


Update on the election in Briarcliff: Candidate Chad Daoust has been removed from the mayoral election for the Village of Briarcliff. Daoust withdrew from the running Feb. 22. Tim Crain has also been added as a candidate to the mayoral race.

The deadline for candidates to file to run in the upcoming May 4 election was Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Below is more information on all of the entities in the area holding elections, who is running and important dates to know leading up to and following the election.

 Feb. 19 – Last day to file for a write-in candidacy
 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

Update Tuesday, Feb. 19

McKennon Rice filed for Place 7, currently held by incumbent Ellen Balthazar.

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The Eanes ISD board of trustees election will be to fill places 4, 6 and 7.

A total of four applications were submitted for three different places on the Eanes ISD board of trustees. The May 4 election will be to fill places 4, 6 and 7.

Place 4 was vacated by Julia Webber’s resignation and is temporarily being filled by Rob Hargett. It will be up for election for the two-year remainder of the term. James Spradley and Leya Simmons submitted applications for place 4.

Place 6 is currently held by incumbent Colleen Jones. Heather Sheffield submitted an application to run for place 6 and the seat is up for a full three-year term.

Place 7, also up for a full three-year term, is held by incumbent Ellen Balthazar.

Two additional applicants filed to run for seats on the board prior to the deadline, but EISD officials still need to review eligibility requirements with the Secretary of State’s office before releasing their names. Executive Director of Communication and Community Engagement Claudia McWhorter said that process should be complete by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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.

The three incumbents drew no opposition. The LTISD school board will likely move to cancel the election in May, and an item to that effect should be presented at the March school board meeting. Upon reinstatement in May, the terms of Putonti, Aoueille ands Flasch will expire in May 2022.

City of West Lake Hills

No new applicants filed for West Lake Hills’ general election to fill council member seats for places 1, 3 and 5. Place 1 is held by Rhonda McCollough, Place 3 by Beth South and Place 5 by Jim O’Connor. All three will serve two-year terms from May 2019 to May 2021.

West Lake Hills City Secretary Lacie Hale said a write-in candidate can still file to declare candidacy in the General Election until Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. If no one files, then a certificate of unopposed candidates and an ordinance cancelling the election will be presented to the City Council at the next meeting.

City of Bee Cave

Seats up for election are 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 and Clark, along with Bee Cave Planning and Zoning Commissioner Andrea Willott, have all filed applications to run for City Council. Lowman is not running for re-election.

As of 5 p.m., Feb. 15, no new applications have been filed, and Bee Cave City Secretary Kaylynn Holloway said that if the three candidates remain unopposed after the Feb. 19 write-in candidate deadline, Council may adopt an ordinance cancelling the May 4th election and declaring the unopposed candidates elected.

“The candidates cannot take office until the regular canvassing period (May 7 – 15) would have taken place,” Holloway said via email. “At that time the candidates will take the oath of office and be issued the certificate of election.”

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 has filed an application for re-election and will be running against resident Tom Kilgore.

For City Council, seven people have filed applications for the three open spots:

Lisa Butler
Doug Howell
Sanjeev Kumar
Marvin Mead
Julie Reichert
Sean Sutton
Gretchen Vance

Village of Briarcliff

An election will take place for mayor of Briarcliff but the two alderman slots remain unopposed as of the 5 p.m. deadline. Incumbent Mayor Al Hostetler will run against Michael E. Wright and Tim Crain.

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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.
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