Kyle mayoral race to be decided May 31

Kyle's next mayor will be decided on May 31.



A runoff election between former councilmen Todd Webster and Brad Pickett has garnered a turnout of 624 in early voting, Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan said.



"I think it's a pretty good turnout," Cowan said.



Kyle has about 15,000 registered voters, she said, which means only about 4 percent of eligible voters turned out to the polls during early voting. But turnout has been low for even statewide primary elections, which overlapped with the city of Kyle's only runoff election.



Early voting was open from May 19–27.



Webster—who garnered the most votes in the general election, with Pickett and James Adkins trailing by more than 12 percentage points—said he has treated the runoff as a brand new election.



"The runoff is a signal that I needed to do more," he said. "I did."



Webster said that in addition to going to door-to-door and going to polling locations to talk to constituents, he reached out to Adkins, the former mayor who was once his colleague on the council.



"Since the general [election], I've had some people who have reached out to me that indicate that I have a broader level of support," he said.



Pickett could not be reached for comment.



The winner of the race will be sworn in as Kyle's new mayor one week after votes are canvassed on June 3.



Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 31 at the following locations:



  • Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center St.

  • Wallace Middle School, 1500 W. Center St.

  • Chapa Middle School, 3311 Dacy Lane

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