Only two contested races in May 11 local elections

A former member of the Liberty Hill City Council whose name will appear on the May election ballot for the Place 5 seat has withdrawn his candidacy.

Jack Harkrider, who had filed to run against Liz Hanna Rundzieher, also a former member of the Council, submitted a letter at City Hall Friday announcing he would not seek election. He told The Independent that the letter was accepted by the city receptionist, but because the last day to officially withdraw from the ballot was March 4, his name will still appear.

“I was called late Friday morning (March 1) and asked to run because no one had signed up for Place 5. I didn’t want to see the seat go vacant, so I applied,” Harkrider said. “When I learned Thursday (March 7) that Liz had applied to run, I withdrew my name Friday. Liz is a council veteran  and I respect her. I think she can be an asset to the council and to the city.”

Mrs. Rundzieher and Harkrider served at the same time on previous councils in recent years.

Mrs. Rundzieher, who works in fiscal accounting, ran an unsuccessful campaign for re-election in 2011. She ran again in 2012, but was not  successful.

Harkrider, a retired teacher and former journalist, ran an unsuccessful campaign for Mayor in 2012 against Jamie Williamson, who was elected to the position.

Mrs. Rundzieher is seeking to fill Place 5, which is currently held by Sammy Pruett. Pruett, who has held the seat since May 2012, was elected to fill an unexpired term. He is not seeking re-election.

Also seeking to serve on the city council are Rodney Ingram and Elizabeth Branigan, who are vying for the Place 3 seat.

That seat is currently held by Byron Tippie, who was elected in 2011 and is not seeking re-election.

According to an application form submitted to the City, Ingram reports his occupation  as “Disabled.” Ms. Branigan, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for council in 2012, is a registered nurse.

Connie Fuller, who was appointed in January to fill a vacancy in Place 1, is running unopposed. Mrs. Fuller was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mike Crane in November 2012. Mrs. Fuller, a real estate broker, is a former Liberty Hill mayor.

Three candidates have filed for two seats on the Liberty Hill school district’s Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Shawn Roberts is seeking re-election to the Place 6 position. Mrs. Roberts, who lists her occupation as program manager, was first elected to the seat in 2009.

She is being challenged by Jim Dillon, who has run multiple unsuccessful elections for school board, county commissioner, state representative and governor. Dillon lists his occupation as “freedom fighter.”

Longtime trustee Tony Stephens, who currently holds the Place 7 position on the school board, is not seeking re-election. He has served on the Board 12 years.

In his place, Shawn Vickers will appear on the ballot unopposed. Vickers lists his occupation as sales for Amifast.

Election Day in city and school elections is May 11. Early voting is April 29-May 7.