Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds slated to take over for longtime Mayor Todd Purcell as Dripping Springs cancels election for uncontested seats

A photo of the Dripping Springs City Council.
From left: Dripping Springs Councilmember Taline Manassian, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds, Mayor Todd Purcell and Coucilmember John Krol serve on the dais in 2020. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left: Dripping Springs Councilmember Taline Manassian, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds, Mayor Todd Purcell and Coucilmember John Krol serve on the dais in 2020. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

City of Dripping Springs staff announced through an email to media Feb. 18 that the city would not hold a 2020 May election after only one candidate filed for each of the open city official positions, including mayor and two city council posts.

Current Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds was the only candidate to file for the position of mayor. Foulds will replace Todd Purcell, who has served as Dripping Springs mayor for 19 years.

“It was a hard decision, but I think the city’s in great shape, and I think it’s time,” Purcell told Community Impact Newspaper after a city council meeting Feb. 18.

Councilmember John Kroll, who currently holds the seat for Dripping Springs Place 4, also opted not to file for re-election. Kroll will be replaced by April Harris Allison, the sole candidate to file in Place 4.

Incumbent Place 2 Councilmember Wade King is slated to maintain his seat.

In the email announcing the cancellation of the election, which would have taken place in May, City Secretary Andrea Cunningham said the city would be forthcoming with more details in the coming weeks about the transition.

Feb. 14 was the general filing deadline for the election and Feb. 18 was the deadline for write-in candidates.
By Olivia Aldridge

Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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