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Schauman, Coffey compete again for mayor

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Bandera Mayor Suzanne Schauman will face off against Bandera investor and developer Cindy Lou Coffey for a third time in a mayoral race on Nov. 3, filings for open positions on Bandera City Council show.

Schauman, whose family owns a bar in Bandera, defeated Coffey for mayor in 2016, when Schauman was first elected to that post, and again two years ago. Coffey was the only person to file to run against Schauman this year.

The deadline to file for an open position this year was Aug. 17.

Two council positions also will be filled in the November election, and three candidates have filed for those positions.

Former city councilwoman and former Bandera Economic Development Corp. president Toni Kunz submitted her name as a council candidate again and is being opposed by Andrea Jankoski and Darcy Hasty, both of whom had served on the EDC board, Jankoski as president.

Kunz was elected to council in 2016 only to lose reelection two years later. She and the EDC’s vice president, Laura Devenport, resigned from that board on June 18, citing troubled relations with city council as the cause.

The top two vote-getters in the race for council will win the soon-to-be vacant council seats under the rules governing city elections.

The incumbents in those council posts, former Mayor Don Clark and retired businesswoman Rosie Smith, were appointed to council earlier this year because two elected councilmen resigned their posts. Neither Clark nor Smith filed to run again.

City candidates drew on Friday, Aug. 28, for the order their names would be seen on the November ballot.

Coffey’s name will be listed first in the race for mayor, while Kunz will get the top spot on the council portion of the ballot, followed by Hasty and then Jankoski.

Council could be called upon to appoint another council member after incumbent Councilwoman Lynn Palmer resigned last month because she wanted to devote more time to family matters. Palmer has one year left on her two-year term.

She submitted her resignation too late for her post to be on the ballot this year. Council has the option of appointing someone to replace her temporarily or waiting until elections next year to fill the post.