BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Voters in Bryan have elected a businessman and first-time candidate for political office as its next mayor.
Andrew Nelson defeated former Bryan City Manager Mary Kaye Moore to succeed Jason Bienski as the city's top elected official.
Final numbers gave Nelson 8,996 votes. Moore received 7,688.
Nelson is the CEO and co-founder of a software company. He's a long-time local resident and a graduate of Texas A&M University and King's College in London, England.
In recent years, Nelson has served on the Bryan Business Council and the board of the Research Valley Innovation Center as part of his work.
Moore first worked for the City of Bryan in 1983, and served as Bryan's city manager from 2001 until 2006. In 2007, she first ran for mayor, losing to Mark Conlee by 14 points. She has served on the boards of the Community Foundation and Hospice Brazos Valley, among other efforts.
Bienski could not run for the mayor's seat due to term limit. He is finishing his second, three-year term.