Gary Cochrane enters race for Place 1

Via a Facebook announcement posted on January 7, local real estate agent Gary Cochrane has entered the race for Place 1 on the Kerrville City Council. The election is scheduled for May 4, 2019.

Gary Cochrane. Photo obtained via Facebook.

Mr. Cochrane will challenge the incumbent Vincent Voelkel, who has served as Place 1 Councilman since 2017. Mr. Voelkel has not yet indicated whether or not he will seek re-election, although he has picked up a candidate packet from City Hall.

Cochrane is a real estate agent with RE/MAX Kerrville. He has served the public in various capacities, including as President of the Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC), the body that distributes economic improvement funds via the 4B sales tax revenues.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Cochrane stated:

After many weeks of consideration and encouragement from friends and family, I have decided to run for Kerrville’s City Council (Place 1). This is my opportunity to give back to the community that has blessed me and my family so much.

–Gary Cochrane via Facebook post on January 7

Cochrane is the second candidate to officially announce an intention to run for council in 2019. Last week, local businessperson Kim Clarkson announced her candidacy for Place 2. The election will be held on May 4, with early voting beginning on April 22.