FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — Some of the most important elected positions in the lives of people isn’t in Washington, D.C. or even Austin, but much closer to home.

Local municipal elections scheduled for May 11 give people a chance to play a role in how their communities face the future. City councils effect the day-to-day lives of residents and businesses in the decisions the members make.

It’s a great way for people to make a difference. Filings for the May 11 municipal elections began Jan. 31 and runs through March 1.

Below are a list of local cities and which seats are on the May ballot.

MARBLE FALLS

Marble Falls residents interested in serving on the council have four places to consider including mayor which is currently held by George Russell. The three council member up for the May ballot are Jane Marie Hurst, Ryan Nash and Sharon Pittard. Packets can be picked up at City Hall, 800 Third Street in Marble Falls. Interested people can also go to www.ci.marble-falls.tx.us/elections.html for more information.
BURNET

The City of Burnet has three open council seats and Mayor on its May 11 general election ballot. Filing began Jan. 31 and candidates have until March 1 to turn in their election application.
The three candidates with the highest vote totals get the three seats.
The city also has a special election for charter amendments on the ballot.
Candidate packets can be found at City Hall, 1001 Buchanan, or online at www.cityofburnet.com.

BERTRAM

Bertram has three council seats and a special election for mayor on the May 11 election ballot. The three highest vote totals will earn the open seats. Filing for city council or mayor is open from Jan. 31 until 5 p.m. March 1.
For candidate packet information, go by Bertram city offices at 166 West Vaughan Street.
The city has two propositions on the ballot, as well. One proposition is to create a Municipal Development District. The second proposition is to reauthorize a one quarter of one percent local sales and use tax to continue maintenance and repair of municipal streets.

COTTONWOOD SHORES

Cottonwood Shores will have two council seats, as well as the mayor, on the May 11 election ballot. Filing is open from Jan. 31 to March 1. Place 2 and 4, held by Bill Plumley and Judy Pace, respectively, are up for election.
For packet information, visit City Hall located at 3808 Cottonwood Drive.

HIGHLAND HAVEN

Highland Haven has three alder positions on the May 11 election ballot. Those alder positions are currently held by Lonnie Ball, Gail Chenoweth and Jackie Garrow. For packet information, stop by city offices located at 510-A Highland Drive in Highland Haven.

LLANO

Llano residents have three position to consider on the May 11 election ballot.  Those positions include the mayor which is currently held by Mike Reagor and two alder positions currently held by Dustin McLeod and Sherry Simpson. For an election packet or more information on running, stop by City Hall, 301 West Main Street in Llano.

GRANITE SHOALS

The city of Granite Shoals has four spots on the May 11 ballot. Residents can file for one of the four positions through March 1. The positions include mayor which is currently help by Dennis Maier; Place 1 which is currently held by Shirley King; Place 3 which is currently held by Eric Tanner; and Place 5 which is currently held by Carl Brugger. For candidate packets, stop by City Hall, 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals.

MEADOWLAKES

Meadowlakes has three seats up on the May 11 ballot. They are Place 2 currently held by Franzella Jones; Place 4 currently held by Paul Sarcione; and Place 5 currently held by Barry Cunningham. Residents interested in filing for one of the seats can pick up information at City Hall, 177 Broadmoor in Meadowlakes.