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Brenham schedules mayoral election


Eagle Staff Writer

A special election has been scheduled for Sept. 13 to select a new Brenham mayor to replace Walter Schwartz, who died earlier this month after almost a decade in office.

The date was chosen Thursday at a City Council meeting because it coincides with a statewide election to vote on 22 amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Aug. 13 has been set as the deadline for candidates interested in putting their names on the ballot.

One candidate so far has announced his intent to run — Brenham attorney Milton Tate.

Tate, 64, with Moorman, Tate, Moorman, Urquhart and Haley law firm and co-owner of Washington County Abstract Co., said maintaining fiscal responsibility in municipal government will be his primary goal.

“We’ve had a lot of projects started in the past few years, and we need to make sure these are completed before we overextend ourselves,” Tate said.

Tate serves on the Brenham Community Development Corp. and has a long history of civic activity. He served as county attorney for four years during the 1970s and as city attorney from 1982 to 1992.

He said he felt comfortable about his chances of success at the polls, but added he would have to wait and see if anyone will run against him.

“We’ve had great leadership in the past,” he said. “Mayor Schwartz was a visionary and a person of great action. Under his leadership we moved forward with lots of great projects. We just have to breathe here and think about how to keep moving forward.”

Brenham City Manager Terry Roberts said the Sept. 13 election will give the city enough time to have a runoff for the position of mayor if needed. The state mandates that if the position of mayor becomes available, it must be filled within 120 days. Andrew Ebels currently is serving as mayor pro-tem.

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