By Editor Terry Hagerty
The Bastrop City Council’s two newest members spoke of working zealously and being “an agent for change” and inclusion at the official canvassing of votes and oath-of-office ceremony last night at City Hall. Connie Schroeder, who handily defeated longtime Council member Willie DeLaRosa for Mayor, told an overflow audience in Council chambers, “I promise I will work harder at this” than at anything she has done before. Schroder was beaming with smiles as she held a large bouquet of flowers after the oath of office. Her relatives, including her grandchildren who led the Pledge of Allegiance, were seated in first few rows. “I have perfect grandchildren,” Schroeder beamed. She proudly added that her son could not make the ceremony because he was stationed in the military at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Schroeder also strongly encouraged residents to vote in the June 17 (Saturday) runoff election between the two Place 3 candidates who gained the most votes – but not a majority – in the May 6 election: Lee Harle and Lyle Nelson. “Please, please vote in the runoff election – Lee and Lyle deserve the same consideration as everyone else.”
Bill Ennis, who defeated Nancy Wood in a close race for the Place 4 Council seat, said after the oath of office administered by 423d District Court Judge Chris Duggan, “My love for this City began over 25 years ago and it has never abated.” Ennis added he would “continue to serve, as I have in the past, as an agent for change…and to insist on hearing all voices from every neighborhood and every citizen, and applying their views to my decision making.” After the canvassing of votes and oaths, the Council voted for Council member Gary Schiff to be the next Mayor Pro-Tem. Outgoing Council member Kay Garcia McAnally declined to vote.
Early voting dates/times for the Special Election to be held at the Bastrop County Courthouse Annex will be: June 5-8 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 9 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 10 and June 12 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 13 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; and on Election Day, June 17, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Photos by Terry Hagerty Photography)