Election for New Braunfels' mayor and City Council seats canceled

New Braunfels' City Council canceled elections for mayor and two City Council seats. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels' City Council canceled elections for mayor and two City Council seats. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

New Braunfels' City Council canceled elections for mayor and two City Council seats. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

A resolution was passed unanimously at the March 9 City Council meeting to cancel regular elections planned for New Braunfels’ mayor and City Council seats in districts 5 and 6. Candidates for each position were unopposed as of the Feb. 18 deadline to file for the May 2 election.

The special election for amendments to the city charter on May 2 will still happen. There are 18 proposed amendments that include items such as reducing limitations for noncompetitive bidding and closing a loophole that allows City Council members to circumvent term limits.

Rusty Brockman, 70, will be the next mayor of New Braunfels. Brockman holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Stephen F. Austin State University and spent 30 years in public education, according to his election website.

Brockman is currently the community relations coordinator for Balcones Cemex-Quarry and Cement Plant. He worked as the director of economic development for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce until 2018.

Commitments on Brockman’s election website include proactive planning for the city’s growth, a balanced budget and fiscal transparency.


Jason Hurta will be District 5’s next City Council representative. Hurta is a financial advisor and owns Providence Wealth Management. He previously held a board position in the New Braunfels Downtown Board.

James Blakey will be the next City Council representative for District 6. Blakey is the former chairman of the zoning board of adjustment and was previously a city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Committee board member.

Blakey has worked as a political adviser and is the sales manager of Advanced Micro Device’s North American commercial sales call centers, according to his Linkedin profile.

Outgoing Mayor Barron Casteel’s term will end in May. Wayne Peters, District 5 City Council member and mayor pro tem, and District 6 Council Member Leah A. Garcia will also see their terms expire in May when Brockman, Hurta and Blakey are sworn in.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.