Voters greenlight $237M in road and safety improvements

Props 1 & 2 pass

As Americans were glued to Tuesday’s stunning presidential election results, those in Hays County gave the green light for a pair of bond propositions that total $237 million. 

According to unofficial, final results on the Hays County website, Proposition 2, which called for $131 million in road improvements across the county, was approved by over 37,000 of the 73,348 Hays County residents who cast ballots in the election.

Proposition 1, a $106 million initiative that called for a new 911 center and improvements to the Hays County Jail, was approved by a slim 1,447 vote margin.

Cutler re-elected Sheriff

In the race for Hays County Sheriff, incumbent Gary Cutler won his reelection bid over challenger Rodrigo Amaya by a 13.1 percent margin.

Cutler, who has served as Hays County Sheriff for the last six years, held a substantial lead after early voting results and won with 57 percent of the vote. Amaya finished by gathering 43 percent of voters.

While the incumbent was victorious in the Hays County sheriff race, a changing of the guard is forthcoming for the Hays County Pct. 2 Constable seat.

Constable Kohler defeated by Torres

Challenger Michael Torres Tuesday upset longtime Pct. 2 Constable James Kohler by 101 votes. Torres, who earned 50.36 percent of the vote, defeated Kohler, who has served as the Pct. 2 Constable for the past 38 years.

Buda Pl. 1 ends in runoff

In Buda, a Dec. 13 runoff is ahead for the Buda City Council Place 1 seat between candidates Lee Urbanovsky and John Hatch. 

Lee Urbanovsky led the way with 48 percent of the vote while Hatch had 44 percent. Candidate Theodore Kosub finished in third with nine percent of the vote.

The Place 1 race was close from the early going as Urbanovsky held a slim 142 vote lead after early voting results were released. Urbanovsky finished with just over 1,800 votes, while Hatch had roughly 1,700.

“I believe I have the best vision for Buda to preserve its small town charm while encouraging smart growth during this critical time,” Urbanovsky said. “I’m very proud of our team of volunteers and we’re not done yet.”

The Hays Free Press reached out to Hatch for comment but was unable to reach him prior to press time.

Hopkins takes Buda Pl. 2 seat again

In the Buda City Council Place 2 race, incumbent Wiley Hopkins secured his second reelection bid by defeating challenger Jeffrey Morales by a comfortable margin.

Hopkins, a veteran who has served on the dais since 2013, held a wide lead after early voting results and finished by capturing 55 percent of the vote. His opponent, fellow veteran Jeffrey Morales, finished with 44 percent of the vote, which translated to roughly 1,500 votes.

The Hays Free Press reached out to Hopkins for comment but he did not respond prior to press time.

Morales said that even though he didn’t win the race he was glad to have run a clean campaign.

“I am proud as a citizen of Buda that so many people turned out and voted,” Morales said

Hays County voters also approved a measure to create a ninth Emergency Service District (ESD) that will serve Kyle and its extraterritorial jurisidiction (ETJ), Uhland, Niederwald and the San Marcos ETJ.

See a full breakdown of election results here.

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