Lakeway receives a second mayoral candidate for May election

Former Lakeway City Council candidate Tiffany McMillan addresses the city's Board of Ethics at a meeting.

Former Lakeway City Council candidate Tiffany McMillan addresses the city's Board of Ethics at a meeting.

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Update: Jan. 23. Tiffany McMillan has filed to run for mayor of the city of Lakeway, city election records posted online show. McMillan, who unsuccessfully ran for a council seat in the May 6, 2017 election, filed an ethics complaint against sitting Mayor Joe Bain. She said on her campaign page it is time for change.

"It's time for leadership who cares about the community, listens to the residents, and who values honesty, integrity and transparency. It's time for Lakeway to have a leader who doesn't treat Lakeway like his fiefdom. We need a leader who's willing to stand up for what's right, and someone who isn't going to back down when the going gets tough," she wrote.

Mayor Joe Bain was fined $500 in October for violating election ethics laws in the May 6, 2017, election.

Bain did not immediately return an email request for comment.

Consultant Sandy Cox filed an application Jan. 17 to run for the Lakeway mayor's seat.

Cox, who sits on the board of directors of TexARTS as treasurer, is a former Lakeway City Council member who was elected in 2014 and served for two years.

“I’ve been in the city almost 20 years. I raised my daughter here, participated in the community here. I feel like I have the right skills at the right time for this [role] to help mend a lot of the angst of the last 10 to 12 months,” Cox told Community Impact Newspaper, referring to campaign issues that came up in the last election.

“I think what we do in this campaign [leading up to the May 5 vote] will set the tone for the next year for the city and the council,” Cox said.

 

Cox who has posted a campaign Facebook page, said her priorities for the city include planning for looming traffic congestion issues and ensuring vacant land in the city center is put to its best use.

The City Council comprises the mayor and six council members who are elected to three-year staggered terms.

Incumbent Council Member Keith Trecker also filed to run again, city records posted online show. The other seat opening in May is held by Council Member Jim Powell.

Steve Smith, who sits on the city’s planning and zoning commission, filed to run for a City Council seat. Smith ran but withdrew from the 2016 council race, which resulted in the city avoiding the cost of holding a contested election, according to the mayor's blog at the time.

The filing deadline is Feb. 16.


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