Sandy Cox makes plans for upcoming year as Lakeway mayor

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Sandy Cox won slightly more than 42 percent of the vote in the city of Lakeway’s May 5 mayoral election, besting her two opponents, Tiffany McMillan and Council Member Jean Hennagin, who captured 29.54 percent and 28.24 percent of the pre-canvassed vote, respectively.

“I’m already starting to get to work, Cox said. “It’s really exciting,”

In fact, the mayor-elect said she plans to have one-on-one meetings with all the recent election candidates to learn their ideas for improving the city.

For Cox, who worked for 21 years with various tech companies and has electrical and computer engineering degrees from Georgia Tech, she said she could not sit on the sidelines knowing she has the experience and skill sets to help find common ground in the city of Lakeway.

“I like to lead by example but dive into the details,” she said. “I really want to give our council members specific, meaty projects that they can go help run down.”

Cox also wants to publicly discuss whether some city committees and commissions are still serving the interests of the community and if some have run their course.

Cox also served previously on Lakeway City Council from 2014-16 and “knows who the players are and how the process works.” In her April election profile, Cox told Community Impact Newspaper she ran for mayor because “Lakeway needs a unique type of experienced leader to transform it from a town into a city.”

Regarding the shelved City Center mixed-use project that a core of residents opposed, Cox said she is still interested in moving forward with talk for “a town center based on Lakeway’s view of what we want for that area”—not a developer’s plan that, in her view was too dense.

Cox, along with incumbent Council Member Keith Trecker and council newcomer Steve Smith, will be sworn into office May 21, according to city staff. Due to recent changes to the city’s election plan, Cox will serve a single-year term.

“I’m happy we found a path forward. I can get a lot done in one year, and hopefully people will see that we can make government move a little faster than normal,” she said. “I think it’s going to take many hands working on many things at once.”

Goals for Sandy Cox’s term as Lakeway mayor

  • Filing vacant committee and commission seats

  • Updating the comprehensive plan

  • Increasing safety of RM 620 prior  to major planned improvements

  • Encouraging civic engagement

By Rob Maxwell
Rob Maxwell joined the world of print journalism and Community Impact in Sept. 2017 as editor of the Lake Travis - Westlake edition. He previously enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in radio and television news. In his spare time, Rob can be found scoping out area climbing walls and hiking trails. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife and daughters and looks forward to receiving his LCP edition of Community Impact Newspaper every month.


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