LAMPASAS — Voters re-elected Mayor Jerry Grayson on Saturday, giving the incumbent 72 percent of the vote against challenger James Finley.
The final, unofficial tally showed Grayson with 216 votes and Finley with 84.
“I appreciate the confidence of the voters, and it gives me a good feeling as I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Lampasas,” Grayson said. “As always, we’ll try to accommodate the needs of everyone in carrying out our duties.”
In the only other contested city race, voters chose challenger Wanda Bierschwale over incumbent Wesley Alexander for the Place 1 council seat.
Bierschwale received 169 (57 percent) of the 298 votes cast and is a veteran council member, having previously served eight years and four consecutive terms.
“As far as my being elected, all I can say is, that’s a yea! What I want to do is finish what they (previous council) started, but I also want to see the city spiffed up a bit,” Bierschwale said. “Of course, people have got to want to keep their homes nice. I also want to see new businesses come in. I know that if I hear of a company that’s moving, I bring it to the city’s attention and hopefully entice them to come to Lampasas.”
The Place 2 council seat was uncontested as Christian Toups ran unopposed after incumbent Brad Neely decided not to run for re-election. This will be Toups’ first term in public office.
In the Place 6 council seat, Chris Harrison ran unopposed and will begin his second term on the council. He said his desire to run again is his need to follow-through on community projects he helped get started.
Lampasas ISD board
The Lampasas Independent School District had no election this year as the incumbents holding Place 4 and Place 5 had no opponents.
Place 4 Trustee Kirk Whitehead was unopposed for re-election. Whitehead serves as the board’s vice president and was first elected in May 2007. Place 5 Trustee Linda Floerke was elected to the board in May 2009, but chose not to run again.
Only one candidate, David Millican, filed for Floerke’s position. Millican, owner of David Millican Insurance Agency, is a political newcomer. The two members will be sworn in at the June 3 regular school board meeting.
In Kempner, the City Council decided to cancel the election this year when City Secretary Frances Spinney certified no other residents applied for the three expired seats on the council.
Place 2 council member Robert McKinnon, Place 3 member Bob Crane and Place 4 member Clifton More all filed for re-election and will renew their oath of office.