Cheryl Lee, a fourth generation Bastropian, has officially filed to run in the January special election for Bastrop City Council Place 3 to fill the unexpired term of Lyle Nelson who will be stepping down to run for Bastrop County Judge. Nelson’s announcement leaves the Place 3 seat vacant ahead of the May 2022 election to fill the Place 1 and Place 5 seats. Lee is a currently a Commissioner for the Bastrop Planning and Zoning Commission and gained attention in 2020 as a leader in the community’s successful effort to relocate two Confederate monuments from the Bastrop County Courthouse lawn. She was later appointed by County Judge Paul Pape as one of the two co-chairs for Bastrop County’s Monument Relocation Committee. The committee was charged with developing a plan to relocate the monuments and raise $50,000 through donations to fund the initiative; both goals were met by the committee thanks in large part to Lee’s determination, work, and effort.
Lee remains committed to building relationships between local government and the community. “I want to serve as an advocate for all citizens and especially those that feel unheard and underserved. Our residents deserve transparency, efficiency in our local government processes, improvements in management of City Services, and balanced and responsible development to help Bastrop achieve long-term fiscal sustainability. The core of Lee’s platform is to work with Council members to enhance both soft infrastructures – the city’s economy, health, and wellness – as well has hard infrastructures – communication technology, drainage, transportation, and water systems. Her goals are to preserve historical aspects of Bastrop while at the same time, create new opportunities to attract new development and projects that will enhance quality of life for all residents.
Kevin Plunkett is a small business owner, community leader, and entrepreneur committed to community service. He supports local non-profits including the Child Advocacy Center, Scouts, the Library, and the Opera House. His restaurants continually donate to our schools, and various organizations concerned with child advocacy. Kevin volunteers on multiple community boards to improve Bastrop for both its residents and businesses while ensuring we keep the values and traditions of our small-town community. He realizes that for our community to be successful, we need to provide our residents not only with needed services and good housing but with a diversity of employers. This can be done while being responsible caretakers of Bastrop’s historic and unique environment and implementing a renewed sense of customer service in city government.
Kevin Plunkett has a eye for the big picture and is mindful of the unintended consequences of policy. He strives to efficiently evaluate information and uncover the unintended consequences of policy and their potential ripple effects. He looks to rectify contradictory policies that can cause unnecessary anger, confusion, and delay for the public.
Kevin was born in Hillsboro, is a graduate of Texas A&M, with a degree in Industrial Distribution. He worked 13 years in distribution. In 2006 he moved to Austin to advance his wife’s career and raise their children in Texas. He escaped to Bastrop in 2013 with his wife, Angela, and their children Ava, Anson, and Archer. He received recognition for exceptional service during the pandemic from Congressman Michael McCall. He was instrumental in the establishment of Visit Bastrop and currently serves as its Vice-Chair. He is the Vice-chair of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, is a past Board Chairman of the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, a current member, and past Chairman of the Bastrop Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.