You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

BREAKING: Lyle Nelson wins runoff for Bastrop City Council Place 3

Lyle Nelson has clinched the Bastrop City Council Place 3 seat in the city’s first runoff election, according to unofficial results provided by the Bastrop County Elections Office.

Nelson garnered 361 votes (59 percent) in Saturday’s election, defeating his opponent, Lee Harle, who took home 248 votes (41 percent).

“I am ecstatic,” Nelson said Saturday night of his win. “I’m going to do what the people elected me to do: I’m going to represent them. It’s not about me, it’s about us.”

Nelson, 63, is the chief of staff at Capital Area Rural Transportation System, or CARTS, and has lived in Bastrop since 2009. A Hunters Crossing homeowner, he said he ran for City Council to promote greater transparency and open government on the council as well as represent residents from every corner of the city.

Harle, who owns the Bastrop River Company, narrowly led the race for the Place 3 seat in the general election in May. He was 37 votes ahead of Nelson at the time, pulling in 422 votes to Nelson’s 385. A third contender, signing agent Rachel Corbett, had taken home 171 votes. Since none of the candidates had a majority, Nelson and Harle, the top contenders, headed to a runoff.

It is the first in the city’s 185-year history.

The runoff drew a turnout of 609 voters, according to the elections office. That’s more than half of the 1,036 people who voted in the general election, which saw an unprecedented turnout of 25 percent of registered city voters.

The May election also made history when Connie Schroeder became the first woman mayor in Bastrop. Bill Ennis was elected to the Place 4 seat at the time, defeating Nancy Wood.

Nelson will replace outgoing City Council Member Kay McAnally, whose term expired in May. Official elections results are expected to be canvassed at the next council meeting on June 27.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Authorities searching for suspect in at least 10 car wash burglaries

CENTRAL TEXAS Burglaries targeting car washes Police are searching for a man they believe is behind at least 10 car wash burglaries since Saturday in Round Rock, Pflugerville and North Austin. According to Round Rock police, the suspect, a man in his 20s between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall with a short fade haircut, has been breaking into the businesses...
Neighbors worry about the traffic Live Oak Springs would bring
Neighbors worry about the traffic Live Oak Springs would bring

Don Cash took the opportunity at Tuesday’s Travis County Commissioners Court meeting to publicly apologize for hitting a neighbor’s mailbox as he veered to avoid pedestrians on the sidewalk-less road in Southwest Austin. “It’s because the road is narrow,” Cash said, as the room erupted with laughter. “I didn&rsquo...
Police: Man ran half-dozen illegal gambling rooms in Austin area
Police: Man ran half-dozen illegal gambling rooms in Austin area

Austin police have arrested a man in connection to citywide illegal gambling activities, but the case remains open as they expect to file more charges in the future against others, police said. Authorities identified 53-year-old Chong Pak as their primary suspect in the case. No other warrants have been issued yet, police said. In January, Austin police...
Austin police rape kits: Mold found on containers, memo says
Austin police rape kits: Mold found on containers, memo says

Hundreds of sexual assault kits in Austin police storage have been determined to have mold growing on the outside of them, prompting officials to seek guidance from state and national experts about how to properly preserve the evidence and raising questions about whether forensic samples may have been compromised. So far, officials said they have no...
Archaeologists unearth fountain from long-gone Waco neighborhood
Archaeologists unearth fountain from long-gone Waco neighborhood

An archaeological firm has started unearthing one of the last remnants of the long-gone downtown Hispanic neighborhood known as Calle Dos. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports crews were chipping away and sifting 2 feet of fill dirt that for half a century has covered a neighborhood fountain at Jefferson Avenue and University Parks Drive, known as La Pila...
More Stories