On Tuesday, North Texas voters decided key city and school district runoff elections that will directly impact citizens’ quality of life and their wallets.

Across the state, local elections usually held in May were moved to November this year due to concerns about the Chinese coronavirus. Several local races went to runoffs.

Below are unofficial results of runoff races in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties.

Collin County

Anna City Council

Father-and-son council candidates Hugh and Bryan Heath both lost their runoffs. Stan Carver defeated Hugh Heath for Place 3 with 60 percent of the vote, while Randy Atchley beat Bryan Heath to fill the unexpired Place 4 term, 65-35 percent.

Celina City Council

Wendie Wiggington won the Place 4 runoff with 59 percent of the vote over Ben Hangartner. Wiggington will replace Councilmember Carmen Roberts, who lost the three-way general election.

Frisco City Council (Collin and Denton counties)

Dan Stricklin won the runoff for the open Place 5 council seat over Laura Rummel, 53-47 percent. Stricklin was endorsed by Republican grassroots group Frisco Conservatives.

Princeton City Council

Keven Underwood won the at-large Place 4 seat over Jessie Lopez, 65-35 percent.

Dallas County

Balch Springs City Council

Angela Singletary won the runoff for the at-large Place 2 seat with 62 percent of the vote over Nelli Castillo. Singletary, a political newcomer, advocates lowering the city’s property tax rate to offset rising property values.

Coppell City Council

Attorney John Jun won the open Place 5 seat over Jim Walker. Jun campaigned on fiscal responsibility and family values.

Dallas County Community College District

Republican-backed challenger Cliff Boyd defeated Trustee William Wesley Jameson 55-45 percent in the runoff for the District 5 seat.

Dallas Independent School District

Trustee Dustin Marshall easily held his seat with 66 percent of the vote against challenger Nancy Rodriguez, who had finished first in the three-way general election. First elected to the board in 2016, Marshall has supported reforms designed to reward teachers and improve student achievement.

Duncanville City Council

District 2 Councilmember Don McBurnett held his seat against challenger Misty Bain with 52 percent of the vote.

Irving City Council

Mark Zeske, a teacher and planning and zoning commissioner, won the open Place 3 seat over businessman Abdul Khabeer, 55-45 percent.

Denton County

Denton City Council

Mayor Pro Tem Gerard Hudspeth won the mayoral runoff over Councilmember Keely Briggs, 53-47 percent, making Hudspeth the first African-American elected mayor of Denton. Hudspeth was backed by grassroots Republicans and campaigned on keeping taxes low.

At-Large Place 6 Councilmember Paul Meltzer held his seat with 53 percent of the vote against challenger Jim Mann, who was also backed by local Republicans.

Connie Baker won the District 2 runoff to replace Briggs over Ronnie Anderson, 60-40 percent.

Pilot Point City Council

Mario Cisneros won the open Place 1 seat over Ricky Meinen, 61-39 percent.

The Colony City Council

Incumbent Councilmembers Brian Wade, David Terre, and Perry Schrag were all re-elected with over 80 percent of the vote.

Tarrant County

Arlington City Council

District 7 Councilmember Victoria Farrar-Myers defeated challenger Antoine Lane, 82-18 percent. Farrar-Myers had finished first in a four-way race in the November general election.

Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District

Coley Canter defeated Tommy Snyder for the open Place 5 seat, 63-37 percent. Canter was endorsed by local Democrats, while Snyder was backed by grassroots conservatives and endorsed by Republican Party of Texas Chair Allen West.

Haltom City Council

Kyle Smith defeated Bob Watkins for the open Place 6 seat, 62-38 percent.

Keller City Council

Former Keller City Councilmember Armin Mizani won the runoff for the open mayor’s seat over Tag Green, 59-41 percent. While on council, Mizani worked to reduce citizens’ property tax burdens and authored stronger ethics policies for city officials and staff.

Mansfield City Council

Michael Evans won the mayoral runoff over Councilmember Brent Newsom with 53 percent of the vote. Evans will fill the unexpired term of Mayor David Cook, who was elected November 3 to represent Texas House District 96.

Newsom’s Place 2 council seat will be filled by Tamera Bounds, who defeated Scot Bowman 54-46 percent.

Mansfield Independent School District

Place 7 Trustee Courtney Wilson won her runoff against challenger Yolanda McPherson with 53 percent of the vote.

White Settlement City Council

Mayor Ronald White retained his seat against challenger Jerry Burns, 54-46 percent.

Senate District 30 Special Runoff

Some North Texas voters will also be voting in a special legislative runoff election in December.

Republicans Shelley Luther and State Rep. Drew Springer are competing to represent Texas Senate District 30, which includes Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise, and Young, and parts of Collin and Denton counties.

State Sen. Pat Fallon (R–Prosper) resigned the SD 30 position to run for the open 4th Congressional District seat, which he won on November 3. This month’s runoff winner will fill Fallon’s unexpired term. If Springer wins, yet another special election will be required to fill his House District 68 seat.

Early voting in the special runoff begins December 9. Election Day is Saturday, December 19.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.

Robert Montoya

A former filmmaker, University of North Texas graduate, and one-time assistant language teacher, Robert Montoya misses Japan and the 1980s. He is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard.

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