Two more years for Marble Falls Mayor Russell
May 11, 2013, 9:16 pm by Emily Zendt
Mayor George Russell defeated challenger John Davis with 65 percent of the vote, securing two more years to lead Marble Falls, unofficial vote total Saturday night showed.
George "Butch” Kemper and incumbents Jean Marie Hurst and Ryan Nash beat out Russell Buster for the three city council seats up for grabs, unofficial results showed.
Mayor Russell received 257 votes to Davis’140.
"Well I’m trying to catch my breath. I guess that the only comment that I have is that I think we’ve been given a mandate from the citizens to keep on and to involve them in the decisions in the city,” said Russell.
Nash received the most votes for the three council positions up for grabs with 270. Kemper received 260; Hurst, 229, and Buster, 166.
Incumbent Nash received 29 percent of the votes in the city council race.
"I’m looking forward to serving on the council the next two years and I am looking forward to this term,” said Nash.
Kemper received 28 percent of the vote. Incumbent Hurst received 25 percent. Buster totaled 18 percent of the vote.
"I’m just pleased that I prevailed and I look forward to serving the people,” said Kemper.
Mayor Russell, 67, graduated from McCallum High School and from the University of Texas in Austin. Russell is a second-term mayor and retired Marble Falls City Manager. Russell served as Marble Falls' city manager from 2002 to 2008 and was also assistant city manager and city manager for Georgetown between 1998 and 2001.
Incumbent Nash, 33, is a developer. Nash graduated from Marble Falls High School and the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering. He has 10 years of construction, engineering, and development experience and is a past president of the Hill Country Builders Association.
Kemper, 68, is a retired owner of TStar Internet, EDC Board member, and former council member. Kemper holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Computing Sciences from Texas A&M University.
Incumbent Mayor Pro-Tem Hurst, 53, is a Real Estate Broker, business owner and Director on the Economic Development Corporation Board. Hurst graduated from Southwest Texas State University and has served for five years as a Commissioner on Planning & Zoning Board. She is also a member of the Comprehensive Planning Committee. Hurst is a Leadership Highland Lakes graduate and past President of the Women’s Council of Realtors and former member of the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.
Former council member Buster, 60, is a businessman, developer and co-owner of the Uptown Marble Theater on Main Street. Buster grew up near Paris, Texas and is a graduate of UT Austin where he studied architecture. Buster served a term on the Marble Falls city council in 1993.
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