The polls have closed in the Dec. 9 runoff election for the open District 4 seat on Kyle City Council. Based on preliminary results, Lauralee Harris has won the election over opponent Claudia Zapata.

The details

Election night results for the runoff election are as follows:

Kyle City Council District 4:
  • Lauralee Harris: 65.45%, or 377 votes
  • Claudia Zapata: 34.55%, or 199 votes
Harris said that some of her main priorities while on the council will be to support water conservation and recycling efforts, small businesses and strengthening the infrastructure throughout the city of Kyle.

“I'm delighted that people understand the value of community and the value that my experience brings to the City Council,” Harris said. “I feel that we really will have a very functional and productive three years with this council.”

Harris said that the win would not have been possible without the support of her campaign team.

"The team that helped me has been absolutely amazing. They rallied around me when I was discouraged, they block walked for me, they helped me with technical expertise that I did not have. And I am so grateful for every one of them," Harris said.

The background

During the Nov. 7 Uniform election, four candidates competed for the council seat; Jake Webb, Marc McKinney, Zapata and Harris.

Because no candidate received over 50% of the vote, Zapata and Harris faced off again on Dec. 9 due to receiving the majority votes of 30.26% and 27.13%, respectively.