UPDATED January 14.

Frisco voters are going to the polls this month to fill a vacant city council seat in a special election.

Three candidates are running for the Frisco City Council Place 5 seat vacated by Dan Stricklin, who resigned to run for Denton County Commissioners Court.

Sai Krishna

Krishna is an American born in India who has worked as a registered nurse and health insurance case worker. He previously ran for council last May. He says his top priorities are women’s and youth empowerment, infrastructure, and public safety, as well as modernizing city services.

Laura Rummel

Rummell is a strategic accounts manager for PayPal and co-founder of Frisco Pet Partners. She has served on the city’s social services and housing board and previously ran for council in 2020. Her priorities are smart growth, infrastructure, and keeping property taxes low, as well as hiring a new city manager.

Tracie Shipman

Shipman is a leadership trainer who was elected to Frisco City Council twice before, in 1999 and 2001, and later served on the city’s community development corporation. She says her top priority is selecting a new city manager to replace George Purefoy, who is retiring in June. Other priorities include promoting the arts, city build-out and revitalization, and lowering the tax rate each year.

Frisco Conservatives released a statement Friday saying the group will not be endorsing a candidate in the race.
“None of the candidates meet our standards for a solid FC candidate,” said Chairman Brandon Burden. “We suggest you do your own research.”

Real Frisco Politics is hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m.

If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will go to a runoff. The winner will serve the remainder of Stricklin’s term, which runs through May 2023.

All Frisco residents who registered to vote by December 30 can participate in the special election.

Early voting started January 12. Election Day is Saturday, January 29.

Voters can find information about the election on the Collin County Elections and Denton County Elections websites.

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.