Candidate filing for Leander City Council closed Feb. 15 with six candidates in the running: Kathryn Pantalion-Parker and Laura Lantrip for Place 1, Becki Ross and Jason Shaw for Place 3, and incumbent Jeff Seiler and Chris Czernek for Place 5.
Write-in candidates must declare candidacy by Feb. 19 at 5 p.m., according to the city of Leander. Write-in candidates will not be able to participate in the ballot drawing that takes place Feb. 22, which will determine the order of candidate names on the ballot.
Original article posted Jan. 17 at 1:02 p.m. and updated periodically throughout candidate filing.
Places 1, 3 and 5 on Leander City Council are up for election in May.
Those are the seats of Andrea Navarrette, Shanan Shepherd and Jeff Seiler, respectively. Shepherd announced on Facebook Jan. 14 that she would not be running for re-election. Navarrette announced Jan. 17 on Facebook that she would not be seeking re-election as well.
Election day is May 4. Residents interested in running for election may file to run Jan. 16-Feb. 15. Details on how to file can be found on the city website.
Laura Lantrip has been on Leander’s Planning and Zoning Commission since 2016. Lantrip said while with the city of Mesquite, she handled complaint resolution for the mayor and city manager, legislative analysis and public information. She said she was the staff liaison to Mesquite’s historical and beautification groups, coordinated awards applications and special events, and represented Mesquite on the Resource Conservation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Lantrip said she was the president of the Keep Texas Beautiful board and served as a national representative for Keep America Beautiful.
Lantrip worked for the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool for 19 years before retiring in 2016. Her campaign website may be found at www.lauralantrip.com.
Kathryn Pantalion-Parker is an alternate on the city’s Board of Adjustment and Appeal. She served on the Charter Review Commission in 2017. Pantalion-Parker is an ambassador for the Leander Chamber of Commerce and served on the chamber’s golf tournament committee, Old Town Street Festival Committee, on the board of TPCN and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and DRT. She has also volunteered at community events, as the editor of Life in the Mesa magazine, for her church and for Leander ISD’s Literacy Partners program.
Pantalion-Parker is a fashion consultant. Her campaign may be found online at www.facebook.com/kathryn4leanderplace1.
Becki Ross is on the Leander Planning & Zoning Commission after being appointed in October. Ross said she also serves as a voting representative for her homeowners association, as the vice chair of the Leander Chamber of Commerce, and on committees for the Old Town Street Festival and Old Town Christmas Festival. She has volunteered on booster club boards and as a team mom for her daughter’s volleyball teams, and was a charter member of the South Austin Rotary Club.
Ross is a small business owner in insurance and financial services. Her campaign may be found on Facebook.
Jason Shaw served as chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army and retired after 23 years of service. He said he served as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army, as a flight section commander for the Army Flight School and as an air mission commander in combat. For the past four summers, he served as a preteen youth camp counselor. He also is a part of the Watch D.O.G.S. program at his daughter’s school and has led the preteen group at his church with his wife for three years.
Shaw is a program coordinator at Visa. His campaign may be found online at www.facebook.com/jason4leandertx.
Chris Czernek is involved in his church congregation and daughter’s elementary school. He helped lead his church’s middle school ministry and leads a regional family/small group in Leander. He also contributes to Camacho Elementary School’s Watch D.O.G.S. program and PTA efforts.
Czernek works for a Texas-based homebuilder. His campaign may be found online at www.chris4leander.com and www.facebook.com/chris4leander
Place 5 Council Member Jeff Seiler has served on council since May 2015. Prior to joining council, he served on the city’s planning & zoning commission for almost five years, including as commission chairman. During his time on City Council, Seiler served on the city’s comprehensive plan update committee, bond task force committee, public arts commission, historical preservation commission, and on the boards of the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center and Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority.
Seiler works as a regional sales manager. His campaign website can be found online at www.facebook.com/jeff4leander.