LAMPASAS — Voters in Lampasas County elected Delana Keele Toups and T.J. Monroe to seats on the Lampasas City Council, and Ryan Shahan to a seat on the Lampasas school board Saturday. Voters in Lampasas County also approved an $18.75 million bond for a new county jail.
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Toups received 52 percent of the unofficial votes with a final tally of 355 votes (53 percent), to Chris Harrison’s 327 votes (47 percent) for Place 1, and Monroe received 50 percent of the unofficial votes for Place 6 with a final tally of 329 votes to Kevin Veazey’s 318 votes (49 percent).
“I’m very excited,” Toups said. “I look forward to being the voice of our community, and I look forward to working with each one of (the council members).”
Some of the most important issues for the new council members include water rights and economic growth. They are also concerned with maintaining a strong police force and fire department.
“Working on the existing infrastructure and getting that up to standard is a huge issue, especially if it’s affecting people’s properties,” Toups said. “I’m pro-economic growth, and I’d love to work with the council to offer incentives to bring more businesses to Lampasas proper.”
The Herald was unable to reach Monroe for his reaction to winning the election.
Shahan received 63 percent of the unofficial votes with a final tally of 697 votes, to Robert Goodart’s 396 votes for Place 7 on the school board seat.
One of the major concerns of the school board candidates is the “A-F” accountability rating, and how best to improve postsecondary readiness.
The Herald was unable to reach Shahan for his reaction to winning the election.
Lampasas voters elected for the building of a new county jail, with 855 votes for the passage (62 percent), and 523 votes against (37 percent).
The new jail will replace the jail that has been in service for almost 50 years.
The last time a bond election was held for the possibility of a new jail in the county was 2008. Residents voted against the new jail at that time, when construction costs for the proposed building were less than the currently proposed amount.
The current jail has a maximum capacity of 37 inmates. Lampasas has had to transport extra inmates to other county jails in order to hold the overflow.
Carolyn Crane received 68 percent of the unofficial votes with a final tally of 37 votes, to Keith Harvey’s 17 votes (31 percent) for the mayor of Kempner seat.
Megan Lusty received 54 percent of the unofficial votes with a final tally of 94 votes, to Lowell Ivey’s 80 votes (45 percent) for the school board trustee (unexpired term) seat. Two candidates, Marlo Maldonado and Stacy Pauly, were elected to the school board trustee (at large) seat. Maldonado received 110 votes (43 percent), and Pauly received 93 votes (36 percent).