After having served two terms on the Cedar Park City Council, Corbin Van Arsdale said he is looking forward to leading the city as mayor.
“It’s been good to us and given us a wonderful and safe place to live,” Van Arsdale said after winning 70 percent of the vote Saturday against opponent Bob Cornelius. “So it will be a real honor to continue serving Cedar Park residents on the council as mayor, and work with all of our council members, all of our staff, and all of our residents to keep this great thing we have going and make it even better.”
Van Arsdale, who also served three terms in the Legislature as a representative from Harris County, received 3,711 votes, while Cornelius garnered 1,617 votes, or 30 percent.
Cornelius is the executive director of 90 Degrees, a marketing and advertising company.
Cedar Park voters also elected three new members to the City Council. Mel Kirkland, Mike Guevara and Dorian Chavez all won seats on the council. Kirkland was elected to Place 2 while Guevara won Place 4 and Chavez was elected to Place 6.
Kirkland, 54, owns a landscape consulting company and is a member of Cedar Park’s Community Development Corporation board. He received 3,113 votes, or 55 percent of the vote. Kirkland has said his priorities included maintaining high-quality police and fire departments, continuing to build and improve roads and keeping property taxes low.
His opponent, Michael Thompson, a 34-year-old IBM software engineer, got 2,502 votes, or 45 percent.
Guevara, 44, is an attorney who specializes in city government. He received 3,207 votes, or 57 percent. Guevara has said his goals include making sure the city has good roads and enough water for the growth of its infrastructure, providing police, fire and emergency services with the right equipment and continuing to attract businesses.
Patrick Walz, a 37-year-old civil engineer with AECOM, ran against Guevara and received 2,434 votes, or 43 percent.
Chavez, 46, is a sales executive for Micronova Manufacturing. He won 3,060 votes, or 54 percent. Chavez has said his priorities include reducing property taxes, attracting large employers and making sure police and firefighters have enough resources.
His opponent was Shellie Hayes-McMahon, 48, an events manager at Lenoir restaurant in Austin. She received 2,589 votes, or 46 percent.
Voters approved all 22 propositions on the Cedar Park ballot, including Proposition A, which redirects one-eighth of 1 cent of the Type A economic sales tax fund to the city’s general fund for stormwater drainage and street improvements.