Learn more about the candidates running for Round Rock City Council Place 1 ahead of the May 6 election. Early voting will be available April 24-May 2.

Candidates were asked to keep responses under 75 words, answer the provided questions and avoid attacking their opponent. Answers may have been edited or cut to adhere to those guidelines, or for style and clarity.

* indicates incumbent

Michelle Ly*

Experience: small-business owner, member of local boards, current Place 1 council member

Occupation: self-employed manager (Hall Roofing and Construction, The Rock Sports Bar, Alcove Cantina)

Candidate Website: www.votemichellely.com

Contact Information: 512-297-2937

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?

My top priority is to stay focused. We need to continue keeping our community safe, spending our tax dollars responsibly and investing in infrastructure for the future. Our community is continuing to grow. We must plan responsibly for the growth.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?

As a local small-business owner and a City Council member, I have proven that I am willing to sit down, listen, and discuss issues and concerns. I am able to tackle concerns and look for solutions as a citizen, property owner, business owner or a parent.

What is something you want Round Rock residents to know about you?

I lead with a servant’s heart. My leadership comes from actions over words. I work hard every day for my family, my team and my community. My most meaningful leadership moments come from one-on-one conversations and end with hard work and deliverable actions. My daily mantra is “stay humble, work hard, be kind.”

Shannon Probe

Experience: city of Round Rock UniverCity graduate, public education and equity advocate, community activist, lifelong learner

Occupation: former educator, current at-home parent and community leader

Candidate Website: www.shannon4rr.com

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?

My goal is to bring a new perspective and foster greater representation in our decision-making processes. I also want to grow our city intelligently and get Brushy Creek cleaned up. Our water should match the beauty of the land in our parks.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I speak English and Spanish, and I focus on equity issues as a community volunteer. Therefore, I have a broader reach into communities that other City Council members do not have. As an educator by trade, I also bring a different perspective than other City Council members.

What is something you want Round Rock residents to know about you?

I am a committed, data-driven team player who will passionately advocate for Round Rock’s equitable needs. I won’t let ego block the pursuit of answers when I do not know something. I earnestly seek this opportunity to work hard in service to our great city.