Laura Rummel and Tracie Shipman are headed to a runoff for a vacant city council seat in Frisco, after no candidate received a majority of the votes in a special election held Saturday.

Rummel and Shipman were two of three candidates who ran to fill the Frisco City Council Place 5 seat vacated by Dan Stricklin, who resigned to run for the Denton County Commissioners Court.

Rummel finished first with 46 percent of the vote. Shipman received 41 percent.

Candidates must break 50 percent to win.

Third-place finisher Sai Krishna drew 13 percent.

A total of 5,098 voters cast ballots in the special election—a turnout of just 4.1 percent of the city’s eligible voters.

A runoff is scheduled for March 26.

The winner will serve the remainder of Stricklin’s term, which runs through May 2023.

Krishna said he plans to run again in the regular May city council election. The candidate filing period ends February 18.

Special election results are posted on the city of Frisco’s website.

Detailed results can be found 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.