Buda votes down fluoridation, while Kyle elects mayor, council members

A proposition calling for reintroduction of fluoride back into Buda’s city water supply failed by a wide margin, according to unofficial, final election results.

Proposition A, which dealt with adding fluoride to Buda’s water, was voted down with roughly 64 percent of the vote. Over 600 total Buda voters were against the measure, which has been a polarizing issue in the city.

Opposition to Proposition A was seen as soon as early voting numbers were released. Roughly 320 of the 497 early votes were against Prop A.

However, changes will be coming in the way Buda residents are represented after voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition B, which dealt with changing the city’s city council from an at-large to a hybrid single-member district format.

Roughly 61 percent of voters in Buda approved the partial transition, which would have the council change to three at-large, three single-member council members and the mayor, which would be voted on an at-large basis. That change would only occur once the city hits 25,000 people.

Overall, 19 out of 20 Buda propositions on the ballot were approved by voters.

The trend of lopsided results in Buda continued into the two contested city council races.

Remy Fallon defeated Clark Beach in the Place 5 race with 63 percent of the vote, while Paul Daugereau claimed the Place 4 seat.

Fallon said she was “super pumped” for her win and that she is excited for the chance to serve on the city council. She plans to get acquiainted to the position, while also championing on topics such as improving the city’s police officer to citizen ratio.

“I hope to take the first couple of meetings to learn and listen and just keep doing a lot of reading,” Fallon said.

Meanwhile in Kyle, an overwhelming majority of voters tabbed current city council member Travis Mitchell as the city’s next mayor.

Mitchell claimed the mayor’s seat with 59 percent of the vote. Mitchell held a 304 vote lead over Bill Sinor after early voting totals were released. Sinor finished second with 17 percent of the vote, with Jaime Sanchez taking 12 percent. Nicole Romero-Piche finished with 11 percent of the vote.

Mitchell said he “didn’t expect” to claim the mayor’s seat by as wide a margin as he held. Mitchell held a 300-plus vote lead over his next closest opponent after early voting numbers were released. He added that he had campaigned as if he was behind in the polls and worked to engage with as many voters as he could.

“I wanted to have a lot of confidence and to really put in the work necessary to secure the win. I felt like I did that,” Mitchell said. “I knew whatever the results showed, I could sleep well, because I worked hard.”

In the race for the District 4 seat, Alex Villalobos, a Texas State University police officer, claimed victory by taking 56 percent of the vote Tuesday. Candidate Tim McHutchion finished with 43 percent of the vote.

However, only 11 votes separated the two candidates after early voting totals were released. Villalobos said he waited in anticipation for the general election votes to come in and felt “sense of relief” upon realizing he had a wider lead.

Villalobos said he was honored by voters’ support and he hopes to represent them “in a very honorable way.”

“At the end of the day and election, the people and community have enacted their voice,” Villalobos said. “They see in me a person who can represent them appropriately.”

Voters also tabbed current Planning and Zoning commissioner Dex Ellision to be the person who will fulfill Mitchell’s unexpired term for the District 1 seat. Ellison claimed the win by taking 53 percent of the vote, according to unofficial, final results. Ellison held off a substantial Election Day rally from candidate Marco Pizana, who took 46 percent of the vote.

Ellison said he was exhausted from “all the hard work” he put in during the campaign, which involved block walking anywhere from four to six days per week. He also thanked many of the mentors that helped guide him during his run.

“I’m just ready to do some work,” Ellison said. “I’m tired about talking about myself, I’m tired about talking about what I want to do. I want to take my experience from Planning and Zoning…to city council to continue to help.”

According to Hays County election results, roughly 8,000 people participated in the Nov. 7 election. All results will be canvassed by the Kyle and Buda City Councils at a later date.

This story has been updated to include comments from newly elected city council members.

Unofficial, final results

Kyle

Mayor

Travis Mitchell – 963 (59%)
Bill Sinor – 284 (18%)
Nicole Romero-Piche – 179 (11%)
Jaime Sanchez – 196 (12%)

District 4

Alex Villalobos – 429 (56%)
Tim McHutchion – 332 (44%)

District 1 special election

Dex Ellison – 816 (54%)
Marco Pizana – 704 (46%)

Buda

Place 4

Paul Daugereau – 558 (64%)
Jose Montoya – 317 (36%)

Place 5

Remy Fallon – 466 (63%)
Clark Beach – 273 (36%)

Proposition A

For – 315 (33%)
Against – 628 (67%)

Proposition B

For – 528 (61%)
Against – 347 (39%)

Proposition C

For – 797 (88%)
Against – 104 (12%)

Proposition D

For – 482 (53%)
Against – 433 (47%)

Propositon E

For  844 (93%)
Against – 65 (7%)

Proposition F

For – 745 (87%)
Against – 113 (13%)

Proposition G

For – 577 (73%)
Against – 213 (27%)

Proposition H

For – 778 (89%)
Against – 90 (10%)

Proposition I

For – 830 (94%)
Against – 56 (6%)

Propsotion J

For – 659 (76%)
Against – 207 (24%)

Proposition K

For – 712  (85%)
Against – 117 (14%)

Proposition L

For – 834 (92%)
Against – 70 (8%)

Proposition M

For – 778 (91%)
Against – 74 (8%)

Proposition N

For – 479 (62%)
Against – 298 (38%)

Proposition O

For 703 (84%)
Against – 132 (16%)

Proposition P

For – 750 (86%)
Against – 124 (14%)

Proposition Q

For – 715 (86%)
Against – 112 (14%)

Proposition R

For – 598 (75%)
Against – 196 (24%)

Proposition S

For – 594 (71%)
Against – 239 (28%)

Proposition T

For – 779 (89%)
Against – 100 (11%)

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