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Urbanovsky defeats Hatch in Buda City Council race


Project manager Lee Urbanovsky won a seat on the Buda City Council on Tuesday night, earning 61 percent of the vote over petition consultant John Hatch’s 39 percent, according to unofficial final election results before canvassing.

The seat was vacated by Place 1 Council Member Angela Kennedy, who decided not to seek another term. The race went to a runoff after no one clinched a majority in the Nov. 8 election, when three contenders split the vote.

After Urbanovsky saw the email from the city clerk Tuesday night showing he garnered 272 more votes than Hatch’s 484, the room at Buda restaurant Tavern On Main, where he held his watch party, was “loud,” he said.

“I’m so amazed by my supporters … We worked hard it and paid off,” Urbanovsky said. “Now it’s time to go work.”

Urbanovsky said Hatch, who was awaiting results at Cleveland’s, a restaurant on the same block, came by to congratulate him.

“He was very gracious about it, and my supporters and everyone clapped,” Urbanovsky said. “It was nice. It was nice for him to come do that.”

Urbanovsky said the first task he hopes to accomplish as council member will be to break down walls between groups from different parts of the city.

“There were some dividing lines during the campaign of east versus west, and I want to represent all of Buda,” he said. “I’m going to try to bring us back together.”



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