Voters within Cibolo District 5 will choose between four candidates for City Council District 5 on the May 6 ballot.

The District 5 seat was left vacant when Mark Allen was elected mayor in January.

Candidates include Shari McDaniel, Jeff McGlothin, Norma Sanchez Stephens and Joe Potts.

Following the canvassing of the votes, the elected candidate will serve until November 2024. During the November 2024 election, the District 5 seat will be transitioned into an at-large seat.

Read Q&A's with each candidate below. Candidates were asked to keep responses under 75 words, answer the question provided and avoid attacking opponents. Answers may have been edited or cut to adhere to those guidelines, or for style and clarity.

Early voting will begin April 24 and run through May 2. Election day is May 6.

*Candidate did not adhere to the word limit. Responses over 75 words were cut off.

Shari McDaniel

Experience: I don't have any political background. I have been active with both of my children at a school level as both a band mom and an Athletics Mom. I have volunteered my time to chaperone, help plan events and organize fundraisers.

Occupation: Sales, marketing, promotions

Contact Information: 281-569-9311

Why are you running for office?

As a resident of Cibolo for almost five years, I see the things that need to be changed in our city and all the challenges that come with rapid growth. I do not want to just sit and complain about all the problems of our city. Instead, I want to help find solutions and be an active part in shaping its future.

If elected, what will be your priorities?

I will work closely with city leaders to bring improvements to our city’s infrastructure. Expanding and repairing our roads, improving drainage, and adding more sidewalks for our pedestrian’s safety will be a priority. Also, encouraging new businesses to our community that will bring jobs, increase the city’s revenue, and help lower our property taxes.

Jeff McGlothin

Experience: 15 years as an intelligence analyst, analyzing raw data, converting into courses of action to address complex problems. Served two years on an HOA board as the president/vice president. Drafted community budgets, worked with vendors, prioritized community projects and improvements, responded to community member's issues and coordinated with property management companies to address issues.

Occupation: Intelligence officer

Contact Information: 210-652-4022

Why are you running for office?

I am running for City Council, because I want to serve my city and be a voice for my neighbors. Our city is at a crucial stage with population growth and new businesses opening up. It will take creative thinking and fiscal responsibility to take our city to the next level, and I believe my background and experience would bode well on council.

If elected, what will be your priorities?

My priorities will be, increased infrastructure i.e. improving roads and building sidewalks in neighborhoods to enhance public safety, responsible commercial growth, working to make Cibolo a more preferred destination for businesses, funding public services, reducing property taxes for residents and creating a more balanced tax liability between businesses and residents, and soliciting community input and feedback regarding city initiatives.

Norma Sanchez Stephens

Experience: As a former mortgage loan officer, I found great enjoyment helping families achieve the dream of home ownership. This built my acumen of deeds, titles, planned unit developments, HUD requirements, appraisals, surveys, flood zoning, permits, insurance policies, etc. Given Cibolo's variety of residential needs, I have experience with existing and new home developments, manufactured homes, townhomes and barndominiums. I also possess the innate ability to build synergy within groups to achieve common goals.

Occupation: Group fitness instructor

Contact Information: 210-275-2403; [email protected]

Why are you running for office?

I am running because our growing city has specific needs and I can help work toward positive progress. As a five-year resident, we’ve experienced property tax increases every year and this creates challenges on family budgets. We need an improved quality of life from our city.

If elected, what will be your priorities?

When elected, I will advocate for responsible business growth to help lower property taxes, improve road and water infrastructure and support emergency services with staffing and resources.

Joe Potts

Experience: Builder, house renovator (Colorado Springs, Colorado—Schertz, Texas, and Floresville, Texas) retail business owner, platoon guide (asst. drill instructor U.S. Army) independent contractor (Graebel Van Lines) 15 years, and warehouse manager. Traveled all lower 48 states and Canada including every state capitol city and most minor ones. Talked to thousands of various experienced individuals that had personal experience with small, medium, and large towns, farms, inner city and outer city.*

Occupation: Recreation assistance (Randolph Air Force Base)

Contact Information: [email protected]

Why are you running for office?

The concerns I have for my area are shared by many neighbors and other residents that have had the same complaints and concerns since I’ve lived here for the past eight years. My vast experience and work ethics would compliment the already experienced council to grow into the city we can enjoy and be greatly proud of.

If elected, what will be your priorities?

Roads, older neighbors, parks, sidewalks, water infrastructure, green spaces, safety of joggers, runners, equestrian travel, clarifying various zoning laws and equally important what are future plans for keeping our residence safe. Growing our future base (the youth) with apprenticeships and scholarships.