McKinney voters are going to the polls to fill a vacant city council seat in a citywide special election.

Three candidates are running to fill the McKinney City Council At Large 2 seat vacated by Frederick Frazier, who resigned to run for the Texas Legislature in the open House District 61.

John Booher

Booher is an auditor who served four years on Corinth City Council. He has a Ph.D. in political science, specializing in public policy and public administration. His priorities are managing growth, planning infrastructure, and challenging city management.

According to campaign finance reports, he hasn’t received or spent any money for his race.

Patrick Cloutier

Cloutier is a financial advisor who has served on the city’s economic development board. He says he was approached by some “city leaders” to run for the seat. His priorities are smart growth, working together, and public safety.

Campaign finance reports show Cloutier has spent $13,000 and received $21,000, including $1,000 from Mayor George Fuller’s campaign fund and $2,000 from the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas PAC.

Vicente Torres

Torres, who ran for city council District 3 last May, is again campaigning on a platform of giving citizens a voice in local government. His priorities are transparent and efficient government, strong family values, and balanced development.

Campaign finance reports filed in December show Torres had received $3,000 and spent $1,000.

He’s endorsed by the Collin County Republican Party, Collin County Conservative Republicans, McKinney First PAC, and County Commissioner Darrell Hale.

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 Frazier’s term, which runs through May 2023.

All McKinney residents who registered to vote by December 16 can participate in the special election. Early voting runs through January 11. Election Day is Saturday, January 15.

Voters can find information about the election on the Collin County Elections website.