November 2020 election: Meet the candidates for Buda City Council Position 1

LaVonia Horne-Williams and Matthew Smith are seeking Position 1 on Buda's City Council. (Community Impact staff)
LaVonia Horne-Williams and Matthew Smith are seeking Position 1 on Buda's City Council. (Community Impact staff)

LaVonia Horne-Williams and Matthew Smith are seeking Position 1 on Buda's City Council. (Community Impact staff)



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Buda City Council, At-Large Position 1










LaVonia Horne-Williams






Occupation: director of contracting and procurement


Experience: treasurer, Buda Economic Development Corporation; Buda Human Services Grant Committee; Buda Historic Preservation Commission; Buda Charter Committee






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



LHW: Economic development: I’d like to see businesses that offer workforce development with more than

minimum wages that fit with our small-town vibe. Buda has more than doubled its population. With

growth comes opportunity, and with opportunity comes challenges. The obvious challenge for Buda is

limited remaining space to build. This will require all stakeholders to invest in business development

efforts that maximize our future prosperity. I plan to further economic development efforts by asking the


right questions, being fully informed on options and opportunities available, and collaborating with all

stakeholders.

Transportation and mobility: I also believe in focusing on exploring ways to reduce traffic and congestion in

Buda. It will be important to work with stakeholders to identify and develop data-driven strategies. Those

strategies should address traffic congestion and keep pace with area growth and additional

public transit options, such as buses, light rail and park-and-ride lots.








Matthew Smith




Occupation: fiduciary team manager


Experience: B.A., Texas State University; commissioner, Buda Parks and Recreation; chair, Buda City Park and Amphitheater Committee; Baylor Scott & White Buda Development Advisory Board; certified financial planner; certified trust and fiduciary advisor






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



MS: Mobility solutions: We have real opportunities to efficiently connect downtown and all areas of Buda for our citizens. Proper residential and commercial land development: Buda is no longer a small town, but we still have time to preserve what it feels like to be one. Technology infrastructure: We must innovate and seek new opportunities to increase bandwidth for residential and commercial consumers. Maintain a low tax rate: Responsible fiduciary leadership will ensure our city does not over-extend and risk raising our tax rate. Overall well-being: City leaders must demonstrate appreciation and action to preserve our precious outdoor spaces.



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.