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Four file in race for Kyle mayor: One Buda seat contested

A flurry of late election filings brought the total number of candidates vying for four Kyle City Council seats to 10, according to Kyle’s city website.

Bill Sinor, Nicole Romero-Piche and Jaime Sanchez all join District 1 Kyle City Council member Travis Mitchell in throwing their hats into the Kyle mayoral race, which will be decided Nov. 7

Sinor, who was one of the first people to file for candidacy in July, originally filed for the open District 2 seat before making the change to mayor on Aug. 18.

Sinor, a mediator who has lived in Kyle for seven years, ran unsuccessful campaigns for elected office in Kyle in 2013 and 2014. He was defeated by outgoing District 4 council member David Wilson in the May 2014 election.

Former Kyle city council member Jaime Sanchez, an engineer who has lived in Kyle for 50 years,  threw his hat into the ring Monday, which was the filing deadline.

Sanchez served on the Kyle City Council from 2010 to 2013, but ran an unsuccessful bid in 2014 for the District 2 seat, currently held by outgoing council member Becky Selbera.

Sanchez was defeated by current district council member Daphne Tenorio in 2016. Sanchez was also involved in a lawsuit against the city of Kyle, which he won in 2006.

Nicole Romero-Piche, an educator who’s lived in Kyle for nine years, also filed for mayor and will make her inaugural run for office.

In Kyle City Council District 4 race, Alexander Villalobos, a police officer who’s lived in Kyle for 12 years, and Tim McHutchion, who works in the storage industry, will vie for the seat that will be vacated by Wilson.

Construction worker Robert Rizo and Tracy Sheel, a healthcare manager, will square off in the District 2 seat, which will be vacated by Kyle city council member Selbera. Both will make their first foray into politics.

Meanwhile, Dex Ellison, a bank manager and a Kyle Planning and Zoning commissioner, and Marco Pizana, an internship coordinator with Hays CISD, will vie for the unexpired term of Mitchell’s District 1 seat, which has two years left.

Ellison, who also filed Monday, previously ran for the District 6 seat in 2015, against Daphne Tenorio and Tammy Swatton, which was claimed by Tenorio. Pizana will make his first run for political office.

While the filings were aplenty in Kyle, only one of the four city council seats up for grabs in Buda will be contested.

In the race for the Place 5 seat, Clark Beach, a design associate, and Remy Fallon, an employee at Casa Alde in Buda, will square off for the office held by Eileen Altmiller, who did not file for reelection. Both Beach and Fallon submitted their candidate filings Monday.

Evan Ture, a chief revenue officer and a six year Buda resident, was the lone person to file for the Place 6 council seat. Incumbent Bobby Lane opted to not run for reelection in July.

Meanwhile, Buda’s mayoral race will be an uneventful one as George Haehn, a retired veteran who is the current Place 4 council member, was the only person to file for the seat held by Todd Ruge.

Ruge, who was elected to office in 2013, announced in July he would not be seeking reelection.

A familiar face may also make his way back to the dais as Jose Montoya was the only person to file for Haehn’s unexpired Place 4 term.

Montoya served on the Buda city council dais for several years until his defeat in a runoff in 2015.

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