New Mayor Victor Gonzales starts his job in Pflugerville

A large crowd gathered in Pflugerville to see the new mayor and city council member receive their oaths of office.

A large crowd gathered in Pflugerville to see the new mayor and city council member receive their oaths of office.

pf-mayor-2-web Texas State Rep. Celia Israel reads the oath of office to new Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales.[/caption]

There’s a new mayor in Pflugerville for the first time since May 2007.

Victor Gonzales took the oath of office after he was introduced by the outgoing mayor and Pflugerville businessman Jeff Coleman, who is leaving due to term limits.

State Rep. Celia Israel administered the oath for Gonzales, who grew up in Pflugerville and served as a councilman from 2006-15.

Gonzales thanked many supporters, including his mother in attendance, a graduate of Pflugerville High School.

“I grew up right behind city hall,” Gonzales said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but a great challenge.”

Coleman gave the oath of office to Doug Weiss, a new city council member elected over Victor To on Nov. 8.

“When I moved here, I knew it was a great place to live,” said Weiss, who has served the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation board for eight years. “I am here to serve and I’ll do my best."

Gonzales took 6,262 votes in Travis County and 29 in Williamson County for a total of 6,291, or 50.54 percent. Mayoral challenger Brad Marshall had 5,580 votes in Travis County and 15 in Williamson County for a total of 5,595, or 44.95 percent. Phil Osars-Emia had 559 votes in Travis County and 1 vote in Williamson County for a total of 560, or 4.49 percent.

In the City Council race, Weiss had 8,277 votes in Travis County and 24 in Williamson County for a total of 8,301, or 71.89 percent. Challenger Victor To had 3,228 votes in Travis and 17 in Williamson for a total of 3,245, or 28.10 percent.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.