Branigan facing Hall in Mayor’s race


Former City Council member and longtime community volunteer Liz Branigan filed on Feb. 14, the last day to challenge Mayor Rick Hall in the May election.

While Hall, who filed for reelection on Jan. 15 has drawn an opponent, Council members – Kathy Canady in Place 2 and Tony DeYoung in Place 4 – are unopposed.

Canady and DeYoung were both appointed in 2019 to finish unexpired terms and now will each draw a monthly salary of $1,000 for their position on the City Council. The salary was approved as part of the current budget, passed by the Council in September 2019.

The candidate that wins the mayoral race will receive a $40,000 annual salary, also stipulated in the current budget.

The City election also includes a measure asking voters to determine the length of Council terms, either extending them to three years or keeping them at the current two years.

On the Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees, Place 2 incumbent and Board President Clay Cole chose not to seek reelection. In his place, three newcomers – Dana Munguia, Kendall Carter and Antonio Canas – will vie for the position.

There were four candidates for Place 2 briefly last week before Terry Smith withdrew his application for that position and refiled for Place 1 to take on incumbent and Board Vice President Clint Stephenson.

The election is May 2, with early voting from April 20-28. The deadline to register to vote in the local May election is April 2.