No contested city council races means no municipal election in Buda

With no contested races on the ballot in Buda, the city has cancelled its election and plans to swear in four council members in November.

Buda residents voted in 2017 to move to a single-member district system for electing city council members. The city previously elected council members to at-large seats, with residents eligible to vote in all council races.

The council voted in January — after a random drawing — that even-numbered council member seats, Places 2, 4 and 6, would be the first to make the switch. Places 1, 3, and 5 will not transition until the city reaches a population of 25,000. As of July 1, 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Buda’s population to be 16,163.

In the three new single-member districts, incumbents will hold onto their seats: Paul Daugereau in District A, formerly of Place 4; Evan Ture in District B, formerly of Place 6; and Wiley Hopkins in District C, formerly of Place 2.

The council members’ terms will be staggered, with District A carrying a three-year term, District B carrying a two-year term and District C carrying a one-year term.

Daugereau was elected in 2017 to fill the unexpired term of George Haehn, who became mayor. Ture was elected in 2017, and his term would have expired in 2020 before the switch to single-member districts.

Hopkins, who has been on the council since March 2013, was last elected in 2016. His term would have expired in 2019 before the switch to single-member districts.

Ray Bryant, 63, who works in sales, will replace Place 3 Council Member David Nuckels. Nuckels announced in August that he would not seek re-election.

“I am extremely proud of the work I’ve been a part of over the last three years on council,” Nuckels said in a public statement on Facebook. “I have found this experience to be very rewarding, and I am truly honored by the trust placed in me by the citizens of Buda.”

Bryant, who served as a Kyle council member for various periods between 2007 and 2014 before his family moved to Buda three years ago, said of public service in an interview Wednesday: “The bug never leaves you.”

“I’m a strong believer in being involved in our communities,” Bryant said. “I’m just proud to live here and want to make a contribution here.”

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