Marc Bruner to take over as Sunset Valley mayor; Mayor Rose Cardona misses out on city council seat

Marc Bruner has an early lead in the mayoral race, while Alfonso Carmona and Robert Johnson lead for Sunset Valley City Council. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Marc Bruner has an early lead in the mayoral race, while Alfonso Carmona and Robert Johnson lead for Sunset Valley City Council. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Marc Bruner has an early lead in the mayoral race, while Alfonso Carmona and Robert Johnson lead for Sunset Valley City Council. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updates: Nov. 4, 12:34 a.m.

Marc Bruner will serve as Sunset Valley's next mayor, defeating outgoing Council Member Phil Ellett with 58.38% of votes.

Alfonso Carmona and Robert Johnson have claimed seats on Sunset Valley's city council. Carmona lead the group of three candidates with 38.85% of votes, followed by Johnson, who earned 32.14% of votes. Outgoing Mayor Rose Cardona, who was running for a council seat, came in third with 29.02% of votes and did not earn a place on the dias.

Original post: Nov. 3, 8:31 p.m.

Marc Bruner, former Sunset Valley City Council member, leads in the race to become the city’s next mayor, according to early-voting results released by Travis County on Nov. 3.

Bruner leads current Council Member Phil Ellett with 58.43% of early votes, or 201 votes to 143. The winner of the mayoral race will replace longtime Sunset Valley Mayor Rose Cardona.

Ellett—who has been on City Council since 2018 but has an expiring term—would be off the City Council dias entirely if he loses to Bruner. The winner will be sworn into the position during the city’s Nov. 17 meeting.

While Cardona will no longer serve as mayor, she is currently one of three candidates running for the city’s two council seats on the ballot.

According to early-voting results, candidate Alfonso Carmona leads the pack with 39.66% of votes, followed by Robert Johnson, who received 32.07% of early votes. The top two candidates in the race will serve on council beginning Nov. 17, and early voting has Cardona trailing with 28.28% of early votes.

The Travis County Clerk's office is still counting votes from Election Day. According to the Travis County Clerk's office, the unofficial number of early voters was 553,290, or 64.7% of the 855,175 registered voters in the county. As of 6 p.m., the clerk's office said 43,000 voters had cast ballots on Election Day.

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By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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