City Council Place 2 election headed to runoff March 9

City Council candidates Wiley Hopkins and Amy Proctor are headed to a runoff election for the Place 2 seat. In a special election Jan. 26, Hopkins received 48.03 percent of the vote to Proctor's 27.9 percent and Cathy Chilcote's 24.02 percent.

Since no candidate achieved more than 50 percent of the vote, according to the city charter, a runoff must be held between the candidates with the two highest vote totals. The runoff election will be held March 9 at City Hall, 121 Main St. Early voting runs from Feb. 20–March 5 at City Hall.

Hopkins said he was confident he would be able to lock up the 2 percent he needs to gain a majority. There were 229 ballots cast in the initial election, which means Hopkins would have needed five more votes in his favor.

"I'm pretty excited and pleased about the outcome and the support I got," said Hopkins, who is vice chairman of the city's Zoning Board of Adjustments.

Proctor, a 30-year resident of Buda, acknowledged that she has ground to make up.

"Most of the votes I received from people that live in Buda were concerned about the uncontrolled growth and the increasing traffic and the increasing taxes and direction Buda is going," she said. "They agree with my position on controlled growth."