Tobias sworn in as new Kyle City Council member as Tenorio moves on to county race

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra swears in Michael Tobias as the District 6 Kyle City Council representative. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra swears in Michael Tobias as the District 6 Kyle City Council representative. (Courtesy city of Kyle)

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra swears in Michael Tobias as the District 6 Kyle City Council representative. (Courtesy city of Kyle)

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Daphne Tenorio stepped down from City Council to run for Hays County tax assessor-collector. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
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“I’m very humbled right now," Tobias said when sworn in. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
Following his Jan. 25 election, Michael Tobias was sworn in as the newest Kyle City Council member for District 6 on Feb. 4.

“I’m very humbled right now. My family has been in this area for so many years and one of the things that my father and my mother have always instilled in me is service," Tobias said. "“I just wanted to tell the city of Kyle and all the constituents in District 6 that I will do my best to provide a service for you and work hard for you."

Tobias was sworn in by Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra alongside his wife, Teresa Tobias, who recently announced she will not run for re-election to the Hays CISD board of trustees in May.

Daphne Tenorio, who has been the District 6 City Council member since she was first elected in 2015, said goodbye to City Council before Tobias was sworn in.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Michael for stepping up and taking over, and I know that you will lead from the heart and you’ll always remember that the citizens, our constituents, are our family and our neighbors, and they’re always going to be the No. 1 priority.”


Tenorio resigned in November in order to run for Hays County tax assessor-collector. The county position is currently held by Jenifer O'Kane, who is running for re-election on the Republican ticket. Tenorio does not have a challenger for the Democratic primary March 3.
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