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Page,4A NEWS Hays Free Press January 6, 2010 Kyle candidates have one week to file BY SEAN KIMMONS se.an@haysfreepress.com Potential candidates will only have one week to file for the special Feb. q3 election, that will select Kyle's next mayor and District 5 cotmcilmembet; the Kyle City Council voted Tuesday night. The special election  also decide the council's District 6 seat, which opened up after Councilmember Ray Bryant re- signed in late November. The ill- ing period for that slot has been open since mid-December and will dose with the other two slots on Jan. 13. Councilmember MicheUe Lo- pez, who announced she would mn for mayor on Monday, did not attend a council meeting in December to nail down a special election.date after Mayor Mike Gonzalez and Councilmember Lucy Johnson both announced they would resign their seats to vie for Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner and Kyle mayor, respectively. If Lopez had attended the ear- lier meetingl the council could have had the unanimous vote it needed to pass the ordinance for the special election date af- ter its first reading, giving other candidates more time to file, city officials say. Without the unani- mous vote, the council had to Walt for the second reading of the ordinance. "I really thought that was un- fortunate", said Johnson, the only oer candidate running against Lopez as of Tuesday. "It . would have been better to have more time." Gonzalez failed to appear at Tuesday's meeting, giving Lopez, the mayor pro-tern, a chance to head the council meeting. Her husband, Ruben Lopez, is the treasurer for Gonzalez's cam- paign. Following the meeting, Lopez denied any political strategy be.- hind the move and said that the mayor had another engagement: County Judge Race Continued from pg. 1A their business - know how to work together," Barton said. In his speech and an inter- view afterward, Barton point- ed to Sumters initiation of a double-digit pay raise for her- self and her public fight to re- tain a front-door parking spot at the courthouse square that the city of San Marcos request- ed to use as a nighttime pick up and drop off for taxis. "Instead of protecting perks like fancy parking spaces at the Courthouse, we ought to be worried about safeguarding the dollars of the people we represent," he said. Sumter, who announced she would seek re-election this summer, did not respond to requests in recent weeks for an interview, nor did she respond to an offer made through her office to submit a written statement to the Free Press.. In his announcement, Bar- ton pointed to his leadership in passage of $30 million in parks and open space bonds in 2007, a portion of which was used at his insistence for preserv- ing the 2,000-acre Dahlstrom Ranch from development. He also noted a lead role in pas- sage of $205 million in road bonds last year. Projects in his precinct have come in 34 per- cent under budget, he said. The mayor could not be reached for comment by deadline. The city's attorney 16reviously advised the council to allow at least 30 days for filing. However, City Manager Tom Mattis said that the final allotted tim e pe- riod is up to the council. "The council has the discre- tion," he said. CITY OF BUDA Historic Preservation Commission The Buda City Council will be accepiing completed Boards/Com- missions application forms from Buda Citizens interested in serv- ing on the Historic Preservation Commission. Appfications may be picked up at City Hall located at 121 Main, Buda, during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or you may access the website at www.ci,buda.tx.us to download a copy of the Boards/ Commissions application. Please submit your application to Toni Milam, City Secretary, at tmilam@ci.buda.tx.us. Completed appli- cations will be accepted through January 13,2010. I I CITY OF BUDA " Economic Development Corporation Board The Buda City Council will be accepting completed Boards/Com- missions application forms from Buda Citizens interested in serv- ing on the Buda Economic Development Corporation Board. Ap- plications may be picked up at City Hall located at 121 Main, Buda, during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or you may access the website at www.ci.buda.tx.us to download a copy of the Boards/Commissions application. Please submit your application to Toni Milam, City Secretary, at tmilam@ci.buda.tx.us Complet- ed applications will be accepted through January 13, 2010. -z !!,, ,I ) sl