Breaking news: Petition for TRO seeks halt to swearing in of Sandy Cox

Tiffany McMillan filed a petition for a temporary restraining order, as well as temporary and permanent injunctions, to stop the swearing in of Sandy Cox, who won the May 5 Lakeway mayoral election over McMillan and Jean Hennagin. The filing was made May 14 in Travis County District Court.

Mayor Steve Jones reportedly filed a response to the TRO today.

“The citizens of Lakeway want our city to hold elections in compliance with the Texas Constitution,” McMillan told Lake Travis View in a text today. “The Texas Constitution requires a runoff because no candidate won a majority of votes. Ms. Cox, and I are entitled to a valid election with a runoff.”

Cox won the mayoral contest with 1,265 votes, or 42 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results tallied Saturday night. Tiffany McMillan placed second with 885 votes and Jean Hennagin finished third with 846 votes.

At a special meeting April 23, Lakeway City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance suspending a 2014 charter amendment requiring three-year terms of office for its council members and mayor as well as to canvass the city’s May 5 elections by a plurality of votes.

Although the City Council held a special meeting today to canvass the returns and declare the results of the general election, no action to swear in new members was taken.

Cox is the first woman in the city’s history to be elected mayor.

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