Former councilman Thomas first to file in Cedar Park's Place 1 special election

On March 22, the Cedar Park City Council called a special election for the Place 1 seat previously held by Matt Powell, who resigned to run for mayor.

Shortly after 8 a.m. March 23, Stephen Thomas filed to fill the unexpired term. He served as Place 5 councilma from 2005–09 before running for state representative in District 20. He chairs the Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission and serves on the Board of Adjustments.

Thomas said if elected to council, he hopes to continue work on regional planning issues, economic development and the city's master plan.

"I will work to continue our quality of life, provide a safe community and strive to improve the services provided by the city," Thomas stated in a news release. "We must continue to develop our economic initiatives, further our involvement in regional planning and remain fiscally conservative."

Thomas is the first candidate to file for the Place 1 unexpired term. He said if opposed, he plans to campaign.

"I'm prepared. I've already been talking to the voters, and I'm prepared to run a full campaign," he said. "We've got draft mailers, draft push cards and templates for signs set up. If I have someone file against me, I'm prepared to campaign."

Filing for Place 1 closes April 11.

By Emilie Lutostanski
Emilie reported on education, business, city and county news starting in 2009. After a stint as a radio reporter and writing for the Temple Daily Telegram, she joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2011. In 2013 she was promoted to editor of the Cedar Park | Leander edition, covering transportation, development, city and education news. In February 2015 she advanced her passion for online media and was promoted to manage digital content, metrics analytics, and quality assurance as well as branding and social networks in various inaugural roles at the company, including community manager and digital managing editor. Most recently in 2017, Emilie expanded her responsibilities to include sales support as Community Impact's first digital product manager. She oversees digital product development, enhancement, and monetization strategies; online content innovation, processes and efficiencies; and company-wide training for Community Impact's digital offerings.


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