3 contested races for City Council

Although there are no contested races for Liberty Hill school board and trustees are expected to cancel the election when they meet later this month, the race to fill three City Council seats will be the campaigns to watch this spring.

The filing deadline was Feb. 28, and waiting until the last day to announce their intentions to seek re-election were Mayor Jamie Williamson and Councilmember Vicki Brewer.

Mrs. Brewer, who currently holds the Place 2 position on the panel, announced in late 2013 that she would not seek re-election citing .

Instead of filing for her current place, where the early announcement of her intention resulted in two candidates — Ronald Rhea and David Wise — seeking to fill the seat, Mrs. Brewer filed to run against Place 4 incumbent Wendell McLeod.

Mrs. Williamson, who has served one term as Mayor, is being challenged by Councilmember Connie Fuller. Mrs. Fuller, who holds the Place 1 seat, served as Liberty Hill’s Mayor from 2005 to 2009. Although re-elected Mayor in May 2009, she resigned the seat mid-term and the Council at that time chose not to fill the vacancy.

Mrs. Fuller is a real estate broker and Mrs. Williamson, who previously owned a publication that is no longer in business, lists her occupation as “retired.”

In the race for Place 4, Mrs. Brewer, who lists her occupation as a financial director, is challenging McLeod.

McLeod has served multiple terms on the City Council, resigning his position in 2011 in order to work for the City as its water utility operator. After he was terminated from the position in December 2011, he was re-elected to the Council the following May. McLeod is retired from the Internal Revenue Service.

Mrs. Brewer, Mrs. Williamson and McLeod were elected to the Council in 2012 as part of a “pro-business slate” of candidates who campaigned together.

In Place 2 where there is no incumbent, Bishop Rhea of Life Springs Church faces Wise, who owns a soil delivery business in Liberty Hill. Wise, an appointed member of the City’s Economic Development Corp., made an unsuccessful run for Liberty Hill school board in 2012.

In 2012, only 165 ballots  were cast in city council races. In 2013, when there was only one contested race, 47 people voted.

Early voting in the City Council election is April 28-May 6. Election Day is May 10.