North Texas voters went to the polls Saturday to decide a handful of competitive local runoff races in three Collin County cities.
In Allen, Frisco, and Plano, all the city council seats on the May 1 ballot were contested, and five seats went to runoff elections held on June 5.
The nominally nonpartisan elections were decidedly more partisan this year, with local Democrat and Republican parties endorsing candidates in multiple races.
Allen: Places 3 and 5
In the Place 3 runoff, challenger Dave Cornette defeated incumbent Lauren Doherty with 55 percent of the vote.
In the runoff for the open Place 5 seat, Dave Shafer beat Philip Brewer, also with 55 percent.
Cornette and Shafer were both endorsed by the Collin County Republican Party, while the Collin County Democrat Party endorsed Doherty and recommended Brewer.
The “two Daves” ran on a slate with Daren Meis, who won the open Place 1 seat in May over a Democrat-endorsed candidate and was sworn in on May 11.
Frisco: Place 3
Angelia Pelham defeated Dr. Jennifer White in the runoff for the open Place 3 with 53 percent of the vote.
Pelham was backed by Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney and Councilmembers John Keating and Bill Woodard, while White was endorsed by the Collin County GOP and Frisco City Councilmembers Brian Livingston and Dan Stricklin.
Keating beat his Place 1 challenger in May.
Plano: Places 4 and 7
Place 4 Councilmember Kayci Prince held off challenger Justin Adcock, earning 56 percent of the vote. Prince was backed by Plano police and firefighters’ unions. Adcock was endorsed by the Collin County GOP.
For Place 7, Julie Holmer beat Chris Robertson 54-46 percent in the special election runoff to fill the unexpired term of Lily Bao, who resigned to run for mayor. Holmer was endorsed by the Collin County Democrats, Robertson by the Collin County GOP.
In May, GOP-endorsed Councilmembers Anthony Ricciardelli and Rick Smith were re-elected over Democrat-backed challengers, while Republican-backed Bao lost to Democrats’ recommended mayoral candidate John Muns.