Local elections set in Cedar Park, Leander


It's now off to the races for mayoral and city council elections in Cedar Park and Leander.

The final candidates for election to city council seats in Cedar Park and Leander were set Friday when the deadline to file to run for office expired. Only one incumbent is seeking reelection in Cedar Park and both cities will have new faces in the mayors’ positions.

Early voting is April 23 - May 1 and election day is May 5.

Seven candidates are running for Cedar Park City Council. Place 2 Council Member Corbin Van Arsdale is seeking the mayor position to replace Matt Powell and he did not draw an opponent.

Mel Kirkland and Michael Thompson are running for Place 2 to fill Van Arsdale’s seat. Kirkland currently serves on the city's Community Development Corporation Type B or 4B board and previously served on the city’s Tourism Advisory Board. Thompson is a software engineer and offering manager with IBM, and aims to bring sustainable policies for growth and environmental protection.

Attorney Michael Guevara has joined the Place 4 council race with engineer Patrick Walz to replace Cobbie Caputo who is not running again. Walz previously served on various city mobility advisory commissions in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Dorian Chavez filed to run against Shellie Hayes-McMahon for the Place 6 council seat currently held by Kristyne Bollier.

Hayes-McMahon currently serves on the city’s Parks, Arts, and Community Enrichment (PACE) Board. Chavez has a background in organizing local National Night Out police community outreach events, and is a former co-chair of the Ronald Reagan Elementary School Carnival Committee.

Caputo, an attorney, was first elected to the Cedar Park City Council in 1996 and served until 2002. His second stint on the council was from 2005 to 2010. He was elected a third time in 2013. Bollier was appointed to the Cedar Park council in August 2015 and elected to a full term in May 2016. Powell will have served as mayor of the city for 13 years when his term ends in May.

Leander election

In Leander, three candidates are running for mayor: Place 6 City Council Member Troy Hill, small business owner Adam Benefield and former Austin Community College board member Vic Villarreal. Chris Fielder decided not to seek reelection after serving 11 years on the council, including six years as mayor.

Leander Place 2 Council Member Michelle Stephenson has drawn opposition to her reelection bid from Phillip Contatore. Contatore is an Austin police officer who ran for Leander council in 2016. 

Place 4 Council Member Ron Abruzese has drawn opposition to his re-election bid from Christine Sederquist. Abruzzese is a former member of the Planning and Zoning Commission who was elected to the council in 2013 and re-elected in 2015. Sederquist chaired the city Charter Review Commission which recommended charter amendments that will be on Leander ballots on May 5.

Marshall Hines and Marci Cannon and Derek Levisay have filed for the Place 6 council seat that Hill is leaving to run for mayor. Hines currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Cannon is a Realtor.