A lone council race in one of the fastest-growing cities in North Texas gave Collin County voters one of the few local choices on the November 5 ballot, while a lone voter in a county utility district approved hundreds of millions in property tax-backed bond debt.
Voter turnout in Collin County topped 10 percent in Tuesday’s constitutional amendment election, outpacing expectations. A total of 64,360 county voters participated in the election, 10.9 percent of Collin’s 590,000 registered voters; 60 percent voted on Election Day.
In Collin and statewide, voters approved nine of the 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, including Proposition 4, which would ban a state income tax.
Only a handful of local elections were on the ballot in Collin County.
Mike Robertson won the contested Princeton City Council Place 2 seat with 169 votes (44 percent). Planning and Zoning Commissioner Robert Bellon Jr. and Steven Starkey each received 109 votes (28 percent).
Incumbent Princeton Mayor John-Mark Caldwell and Place 1 Council Member David Kleiber ran unopposed. Princeton voters also approved a change from two-year to three-year terms for council members, starting in 2020.
In Collin County Municipal Utility District No. 2, south of Princeton, one voter cast deciding votes to pass all three ballot propositions, authorizing the district to borrow and spend $306 million to build roads and collect property taxes to repay the debt.
Lowry Crossing voters re-elected Mayor Derek Stephens and Council Members Cynthia Sandlin and Pat Kelly, who all ran unopposed.
Princeton City Council
- Mayor: John-Mark Caldwell* (unopposed)
- Place 1: David Kleiber* (unopposed)
- Place 2: Mike Robertson (44%), Robert J. Bellon Jr. (28%), Steven Starkey (28%)
- Proposition A – Three-year terms for council members: For (83%), Against (17%)