The race for City Council District 6
April Butler faces incumbent Mark Loffgren in the May 7 election
VICTORIA, Texas – The May 7 General Election is just a few weeks away and two people are in the race for City Council District 6.
Incumbent Mark Loffgren is seeking re-election following a two-year term as City Council Member for District 6. (Elected in 2019, term expires in 2022)
Loffgren says there is a lot more to do in the city to make things better with the addition of a new city manager, he sees progress in the near future. He ran in 2019 on fixing streets and cutting the debt. He originally ran after attending city council meetings regularly in 2013 because he wanted to make things better and didn’t see the city council at the time moving forward.
In a second term, he wants to continue working on the projects that are currently ongoing, repairing streets like Guy Grant and continuing to minimize the debt.
“We have a lot of great things going for Victoria. In the next few years, Victoria will be a lot further along with as a place where people want to come and that’s what I want, I want to make everything better here, the parks and everything. So people want to live here and that’s why I want to be re-elected,” says Loffgren.
Texas native and Victoria resident of 10+ years, April Butler, is running against Loffgren in her first attempt at public office. She has worked in business administration and enjoys community service. She owns the Woodhouse Day Spa and The I Fix Computers Guy with her husband, Jason.
During a recent town hall meeting about city ordinances for animals, Butler expressed her concerns regarding the ordinance but felt unheard by city representatives. She says this moment really stuck with her and was the motivating factor in running for District 6.
“When you want to talk to someone, I want to be that person that you come to. I want to listen, I want our entire community to feel validated in any concerns they have,” says Butler. “We need individuals that want to listen regardless of the situation,”
Butler has worked as a Pre-K teacher, a loan officer in Houston, a liaison for Harris County Juvenile justice between school districts then found herself at Devereux here in Victoria working with the budget. She wants to bring her experience in business, budget and ethics to the District 6 seat.
To learn more about April, click here.
The mayor seat and city council district five did not draw any opponents. Mayor Jeff Bauknight will remain Mayor of Victoria and Andrew Young will remain serving City Council District 5.
Election Day is Saturday, May 7. Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early Voting is April 25-29 and May 2-3. During early voting, polls are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The city also has 13 city charters amendments for voters to review.
Click here for the city website on the general election.
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