McKinney voters selected financial advisor Patrick Cloutier to fill a vacant city council seat in a special election held Saturday.

He was one of three candidates who ran 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.

Cloutier, who has served on the city’s economic development board, said he was recruited by “city leaders” to run for the seat.

Campaign finance reports through January 7 showed Cloutier received $1,000 from Mayor George Fuller’s campaign fund and $2,000 from the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas PAC.

He also got $2,500 from the McKinneyTEAM PAC, plus additional money directly from two McKinneyTEAM members: bank CEO David Brooks and homebuilder Bill Darling.

Last May, the PAC endorsed Fuller and Councilmembers Charlie Phillips, Justin Beller, and Geré Feltus. Phillips gave Cloutier $500 and Feltus chipped in $250. Councilmember Rick Franklin contributed $1,000 to Cloutier.

Cloutier received 59 percent of the vote.

Second-place finisher Vicente Torres received 33 percent of the vote. Torres was endorsed by the Collin County Republican Party and Collin County Conservative Republicans.

A total of 4,220 voters cast ballots in the special election—a turnout of just 3.5 percent of the city’s 119,000 eligible voters.

Cloutier will serve the remainder of Frazier’s term, which runs through May 2023.

Complete election results can be found on the Collin County Elections website.

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.