Leander voters showed Saturday that change is something they “absolutely crave,” said Troy Hill, one of the mayoral candidates who is headed to a runoff election.
Hill will again face Vic Villarreal in the runoff June 16.
“I think that the race going forward will be a choice between the status quo and failed city policies of the past,” Hill said. He received 991 votes, or 42 percent. Villarreal got 743 votes or 32 percent.
“This election is now about proven results, vision and leadership,” said Villarreal. “As the former chairman of ACC and former mayor pro tem, I look forward to creating jobs and business opportunities in Leander.”
The third candidate for mayor, Adam Benefield, received 597 votes or 26 percent of the vote.
Hill, 56, is a technology salesman who is serving his first term on the City Council. Villarreal, 45, is a former two-term City Council member who last sat on the council in 2009 and is a professor at Strayer University, an online college.
In the three City Council races, incumbent Michelle Stephenson was re-elected to serve her second term on Place 2, while newcomers Christine Sederquist and Marci Cannon also won positions on the council for Place 4 and Place 6, respectively.
Stephenson had 1,527 votes, or 70 percent. Her opponent, Philip Contatore, received 666 votes, or 30 percent.
Sederquist won a council seat with 1,399 votes, or 63 percent, to incumbent Ron Abruzzesse’s 824 votes, good for 37 percent.
Marci Cannon won the Place 6 seat with 1,105 votes, or 51 percent. She defeated Marshall Hines, who got 710 votes, or 32 percent, and Derek Levisay who finished third with 368 votes, or 17 percent.
Stephenson, a 54-year-old homemaker, has served one term on the council. Sederquist, 36, is a stay-at-home mom with many years of volunteer experience in the community. Cannon, 47, is a commercial real estate agent.
Seven of the eight propositions on the ballot were approved Saturday. The only one that failed, Proposition C, lost by a margin of 51.3 percent to 48.7. The proposition would have extended the time the city can use the same auditor from three to five years.