Election 2020: Smith, Davidson win in unofficial vote counts for Buda City Council races

Buda City Council places 1 and 2 are on the Nov. 3 ballot. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Buda City Council places 1 and 2 are on the Nov. 3 ballot. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Buda City Council places 1 and 2 are on the Nov. 3 ballot. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

UPDATED AT 10:48 p.m.

With all precincts in Hays County reporting, Matt Smith has defeated LaVonia Horne-Williams for Buda City Council Place 1 at large with 3,560 votes to 2,952.

Monica Davidson has defeated challenger Bobby Lane for Buda City Council Place 1 at large with 3,803 votes to 2,505.

Results are updated as of 10:48 p.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9 if they were sent from outside the U.S.

The first return of unofficial early voting totals on Nov. 3 from Hays County show Matt Smith with an early lead in the race for Buda City Council Place 1 at large, and Monica Davidson with early vote lead for City Council Place 2 at large.


Smith leads opponent LaVonia Horne-Williams with a 54.08% share of all early votes. Horne-Williams has 45.92%.

For Place 2, Davidson has 60.45% of early vote totals to challenger Bobby Lane's 39.55%.

More than 98,000 county residents cast ballots by mail or during in-person early voting, which accounts for 64.24% of 152,840 registered voters in the county.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.