Mayoral, City Council and Charter Elections for the City of Cedar Park were held May 12, 2012.
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Results are unofficial until they are canvassed by the City Council at a Special Called Meeting.
The date of the meeting will be determined at a later date. This meeting will be posted in accordance with the
Texas Open Meetings Act.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 12, 2012
Contact: Katherine Woerner, Community Affairs Director
The City of Cedar Park has a new mayor
First change in mayoral leadership in seven years
The City of Cedar Park has a new mayor, as Matt Powell won 74.52%* of the vote in today’s City election. Powell ran against Eddie Hurst and Wayne Ruark for the position of Mayor. This is the first change in mayoral leadership in seven years for the City of Cedar Park, after Bob Lemon decided not to run for a fourth term as mayor, after serving in that role since 2005. City Council Members Places 2, 4 and 6, Mitch Fuller, Lowell Moore, and Don Tracy, ran unopposed for reelection to their seats. City Council Member Place 1, filled by special election, was won by Stephen Thomas, who also ran unopposed. Thomas is a former City Councilman and Planning and Zoning Commission Member. Place 1 is a one year term to fill an unexpired term that was vacated when Powell stepped down from his seat in March to run for Mayor.
When asked about his win, Powell says “It is gratifying and humbling to have the support of the citizens and be given this incredible opportunity to lead. I look forward to rejoining our very fine City Council, and to continue working with our incredible staff, to move the interest of the city forward.”
Powell brings a great deal of experience as Mayor. Powell’s accomplishments as a Councilman include Cedar Park Center, the Schlitterbahn Cedar Park project, the hotel recruiting focus group, the City-Chamber Relations panel, the Veterans Memorial Committee, and the City logo/branding project. Powell has represented the City on three legislative missions to Washington, D.C. in support of improvements to Whitestone Boulevard and Anderson Mill Road. He also represents Cedar Park as a member of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) Board.
“Our city is in a wonderful position right now, yet I am confident that our best days are ahead of us. I am incredibly optimistic about the future of Cedar Park,” Powell says.
In addition to his work on the Cedar Park City Council, Powell is active in his community. He was selected as a Leander ISD Community Champion in 2008 and has been a member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s State Issues Committee since 2010 and served on a Williamson County Grand Jury in 2009. In 2007, he was awarded the Cedar Park Fire Chief’s Commendation Ribbon. Powell graduated from the Cedar Park Citizens Police Academy in 2004. Powell also serves on the Cedar Park Library Foundation Board of Directors and has volunteered time to help the United Way and Habitat for Humanity.
Powell’s efforts to involved young people in government and the political process led to him being named “Man of the Year” by the Texas Young Republican Federation in 2004. He served two terms as that organization’s National Committeeman from 2003 to 2005. In November 2004, he was named national chairman of the federation’s armed services policy team, where he lead the team in formulating positions on military and defense issues.
Powell was born in Long Beach, California in 1976. He attended California Lutheran University, graduating summa cum laude in 1998 with a BA in English and Political Science. During college, he served as an intern with the Ronald Reagan Foundation in Simi Valley. Powell also acted, served in student government, and was a second tenor in the acclaimed CLU choir. He currently serves as Director of Community Relations and Grants Manager for Concordia University Texas. Prior to joining Concordia, he worked for State Farm Insurance for almost 11 years, most recently as the company’s Texas Operations Strategist.
Matt and his wife Heather were married in 1999 and have resided in Forest Oaks since 2003. Their daughter Lark is a Cedar Park native, born at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in April 2010. The Powells have a golden retriever named Daisy and are members of Palm Valley Lutheran Church.
Powell, along with Stephen Thomas, Mitch Fuller, Lowell Moore, and Don Tracy, will be sworn in to the City Council on May 24, 2012 at 6:30 P.M.
*The votes will be canvassed at a special called City Council meeting, at a later date to be determined.