Incumbents Louis Mastrangelo, Kelly Brynteson and Jennifer Szimanski won seats on Lakeway City Council, according to unofficial final results.
Szimanski got 21% of the vote, or 2,172 votes, Mastrangelo got 20.9% of the vote, or 2,156, and Brynteson got 18.9% of the vote, or 1,953. Incumbent Steve Smith is slightly behind with 17.6% of the vote while newcomers Nina Davis and Connie Ditto have 12.3% and 9.2% of the vote respectively.
Incumbent Laurie Higginbotham has decided not to seek another term, instead throwing her hat in the ring for a seat on the Lake Travis School Board. All nominees represent the entire city, and the top three voters will serve two-year terms.
Brynteson said she rushed to find solutions to some of the problems caused by the region’s rapid growth in recent years. She said transportation and road safety are her top priorities and she wants to bring the transportation committee back
“We need change and we need it now. Too many accidents are happening on our highways and on our interior arteries, especially Flint Rock Road,” she said. “We need to create ways to move traffic more efficiently around the city. I have repeatedly advocated from the podium at City Council meetings regarding road safety and I will take this fight to the podium.
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Brynteson also wants to promote strategic development and business growth to diversify the city’s revenue streams by attracting small businesses and making the city less dependent on personal property taxes.
Brynteson ran for city council in 2021 and has spent the past year attending city council and other local meetings, and learning more about city government. She works as a competitive intelligence professional, and she said in her job she works with people from all sides of an argument to create data-driven solutions.
“Giving back is a value close to my heart. My husband founded a non-profit veterans organization several years ago that provides veterans with advanced online training and certification in business solutions to give them a competitive edge in the civilian job market,” a- she declared. “My goal is to lead the city with transparency, honesty and integrity and I will always represent the residents of Lakeway first.”
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Mastrangelo is running for a third term — the last he is allowed to serve under a city ordinance — to continue working on projects that include development agreements, forest firefighting, management of wildlife and updating the city code.
“My top priority for this final term is to complete Main Street. About 70% of it is in progress, but we still have decisions to make on the final, smaller stretch between HEB and The Oaks,” he said. he stated, “No one has been more involved in completing this road and no one has more knowledge, connections and resources to do so.”
Mastrangelo also wants to follow through on traffic reduction measures on the city’s connecting roads and continue to work with local businesses and schools to find solutions to staffing shortages in the area.
He works as the vice president of middle market sales for an international communications company and has served on the zoning and planning commission as well as the city council since 2018. He said that during his time on council he was most proud of having established a development subcommittee that reviews all major pending developments to ensure compliance with city codes and procedures in a timely manner.
“I kept a balanced budget and never voted to raise taxes. I voted to increase the police pay scale, fully funded the department and personally accelerated equipment purchases,” he said. “I have kept my commitments and will continue to do so in my last term. Every resident who has contacted me to ask for help or share their concerns receives my attention and support. None of this will change in the future. during my last term.
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Szimanski said she ran to help guide Lakeway through its continued growth, and to ensure the city stays safe and makes smart decisions for the future.
“I want to keep Lakeway beautiful and prosperous, while maintaining public safety in our community,” she said. “Lakeway is changing and many young families are choosing Lakeway to raise their children. My husband and I have two young children in Lake Travis Schools and I want to be a voice for those families and all the other members of our community who love Lakeway as much as my family.
Szimanski said she would engage the public in decisions about growth, economic development and roads. She also wants to work with local schools to make sure the rapid growth doesn’t lead to overcrowding in classrooms.
“We also need to preserve the uniqueness and many gems of our community. We must be diligent, transparent and deliberate in how we develop our city,” she said. “I am also a strong advocate for public safety and our first responders. We need to provide them not only with the tools, but also with the support, confidence and discretion to do their job. As we all know, public safety is always the biggest part of any city’s budget. I am invested in public safety issues and how we address them and use our taxpayers’ dollars wisely.
Szimanski works in public affairs at the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the largest statewide law enforcement association. She has 15 years of experience as a police officer and five years of experience in public legislative affairs on Capitol Hill.
“I want voters to know that I care about Lakeway and want to represent everyone in our community. I am a public servant at heart and I am so touched by the support I have received so far,” she said. “(My husband and I) are raising two young children in Lakeway and we have met so many wonderful families here. It truly is a fantastic place and I want to maintain the small town feel by encouraging small businesses to choose Lakeway, continuing our tradition of community events and ensuring that our city council engages the community at every step.