The 2020 Buda Area Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum

Mayor
 

Lee Urbanovsky

Lee Urbanovsky

Unopposed

Bio

Buda City Council – Single Member District B

Evan Ture

Evan Ture

Unopposed

Bio

Buda City Council, At-Large Position 1

Lee Urbanovsky

LaVonia Horne-Williams

Bio

Evan Ture

Matthew Smith

Bio

Buda City Council, Position 2

Monica Davidson

Monica Davidson

Bio

Bobby Lane

Bobby Lane

Bio

Hays County Sheriff

Gary Cutter

Gary Cutler

Republican

Bio

Alex Villalobos

Alex Villalobos

Democrat

Bio

BUDA AREA WEATHER

Lee Urbanovsky

A Buda resident for almost 20 years, Lee Urbanovsky brings a project management perspective to city government. Lee is currently the director of operations for a specialty contractor based in San Marcos, TX. Throughout his career, he has managed complex, multi-faceted projects ranging from $50,000 to over $100 million. During his construction career, he has served as a Superintendent, Project Manager, and Director of Operations. He brings over 20 years or development and construction experience.

As part of his real-world experience, Lee is well-versed with managing budgets, reviewing and analyzing financial reports and adhering to rigid client deadlines and schedules. Lee has a unique ability to forecast, anticipate and plan around upcoming obstacles. He has used his skillset and humble demeanor to not only build construction projects but also to build and manage well run teams. Lee’s style allows him to relate well with all levels of any organization. In his operations manager role, Lee has broadened his experience to include all facets from business development to making payroll.

Lee attended summer camp at Twin Oaks Ranch in Buda in the late 1980’s as a kid and decided to raise his family in this community in 2000. His four children have attended Buda Elementary, Elm Grove Elementary, Carpenter Hill Elementary, Dahlstrom Middle School and Hays High School.

Lee met his wife while living in Buda in Creekside Park. A former Buda Elementary School teacher and current educator at Elm Grove Elementary, Amy Urbanovsky is a dedicated wife and an engaging mom who excels at creating a fun, safe and inviting home for their blended family. Lee and Amy currently live in Garlic Creek with their two children and dog, Roxy. Their older son’s: Anthony, recently married to his Hays High School sweetheart lives in New Braunfels and Blake is a freshman attending college at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Lee grew up in a small town in central Texas in Milam County. He earned his BS degree in construction science from Texas A&M University in 1999. He attended Texas State University in 2004 while working on his MBA. In 2009, he earned his Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification. He has been acknowledged as an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP).

Amy and Lee attended Buda United Methodist Church and Journey United Methodist Church in Buda. They are now active at Vertical Chapel Church.

Evan Ture

Councilman Ture has lived in Buda over 10 years with his wife, two daughters, and one son. He grew up in Lake Travis when it was a small town before they were any good at football. After graduating from Cornell University in Engineering, he returned home to lay down roots and work as an engineer in the renewable energy technology sector. Four years ago, he started Indie Energy, a renewable tech company, here in Buda with another Budite and two other colleagues. He has been on the Buda City Council for 3 years, and serves on the CAPCOG Clean Air Coalition, the Buda Small Business Task Force, the Buda City Park & Amphitheater Ad Hoc Committee, and chairs the Buda Audit Committee.

LaVonia Horne- Williams

LaVonia Horne-Williams is a 19 year resident of Buda, TX and lives in Bradfield Village. She and her husband Evans have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. LaVonia currently serves as the Treasurer for the Buda Economic Development Corporation, was previously a Commissioner on the City of Buda Historic Preservation Commission and a committee member for both the City of Buda Charter Committee and Human Services Committee. Her many years of local government experience and knowledge has been gained through working for local and state government entities where she was responsible for managing contracts in excess of $300 million dollars. LaVonia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and holds a Master of Arts degree in Legal Studies from Texas State University. LaVonia will bring a new perspective, knowledge, and experience to the City Council.

Matthew Smith

Born in Texas, raised in Manchaca, Matt Smith has been an area resident for over 40 years and in 2012 chose to raise a family in Buda. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Management from Texas State University, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Certified Trust & Fiduciary Advisor. Matt is a Fiduciary Manager for one of the Nation's top 3 largest financial institutions where he manages multiple teams and oversees the administration of billions of dollars in assets for his clients.

Matt is a graduate of the City of Buda Citizen’s Academy, current City of Buda Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Chair of the City of Buda Amphitheater Committee and Member of the Baylor Scott & White Buda Development Advisory Board. When not fulfilling his duties in those capacities you will find him mentoring and coaching local youth sports, building homes with Habitat for Humanity and supporting local events.

Monica Davidson

Monica Davidson is a Buda native, and her children are 4th generation in the community. Monica has over 20 years of experience in business management, development, and human resources to include a background in construction. She has worked with Forbes 100 companies across the country and some of the world's largest banks in these capacities. Her knowledge of business development, startups, and economic development has been helpful in this role. She has opened two successful businesses in Buda, which has allowed her great insight to the development of our City as well as created jobs contributing to our success. She currently sits as Vice President of the Buda Economic Development Corporation and a board member of the Hays Education Foundation and participates in many other community events.

Bobby Lane

Native Austinite, UT Grad ’75 BBA Management, Transportation
Nine years in various roles with Texas DPS
Thirty-five years with Health and Human Services including 10 years with the Office of Inspector General
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board – Internal Audit and Compliance
Board of Adjustments, Planning and Zoning with City of Pflugerville 4yrs.
Pflugerville Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors 4 years
Buda Volunteer Fire Department 5 years
Buda City Council, Mayor Pro-team, Mayor for a total of 17 years
Former member of the Buda EDC
President: Dupre Local Government Corporation/TIRZ
President: Buda Police Foundation

Gary Cutler

A native Texan, I was raised in the small community of Hutchins and remain a lifelong Texan. After graduating from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Criminal Justice, I settled in Austin where I met my wife Carol. I am proud to say she has been my partner for 46 years. Believing in the values of small-town living, Carol and I moved to Buda with our two boys in 1987. Both boys are graduates of Hays High School and went on to receive advanced degrees from Texas Tech University.

We currently reside in Driftwood and continue to love the peace and tranquility of the county.

My life has been devoted to law enforcement in the central Texas area spending over twenty-six years with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, 3 years with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, over 6 years as a state police officer with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and currently Sheriff of Hays County. My career has been both exciting and rewarding. I look forward to continuing to apply my experience and knowledge to keep Hays County a safe place to live.

Alex Villalobos

Alex Villalobos has been a resident of Kyle, TX since 2004. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Alex is a 2011 Leadership San Marcos Alumni and a 2015 Senior New Leadership Fellow through the National Institution of Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Alex currently serves as the Elected City Council Member District #4 Kyle, TX, Chief of Staff and Emergency Management Coordinator of Hays County. He is a current member of the Capitol Area Council of Governments, Homeland Security Taskforce and Clean Air Coalition Advisory Council. He also an active member of the Hays County Criminal Justice Commission.

Alex Villalobos recently celebrated 25 years of marriage to Jamie and the gift of two children Viviana and Alexander.