Frisco City Council Member Shona Huffman resigns; city cancels May election

Former Frisco City Council Member Shona Huffman was joined by her two daughters, Chloe and Lillie Huffman, on March 15 as she delivered a farewell speech ahead of her resignation. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Former Frisco City Council Member Shona Huffman was joined by her two daughters, Chloe and Lillie Huffman, on March 15 as she delivered a farewell speech ahead of her resignation. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

Former Frisco City Council Member Shona Huffman was joined by her two daughters, Chloe and Lillie Huffman, on March 15 as she delivered a farewell speech ahead of her resignation. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco City Council Member Shona Huffman stood before several family members and friends to say farewell on her last evening at the dais.

Huffman resigned from her Place 2 post on March 15 to focus on recovering from breast cancer, a diagnosis she shared in February via Facebook. Huffman was first elected to City Council in June 2016 and has been a Frisco resident since 2004.

Also at the March 15 meeting, the May 7 general election for Place 2 and Place 4 on City Council was officially canceled. Because of Huffman’s resignation, both races became uncontested. Tammy Meinershagen, the only remaining candidate for Place 2, is set to be sworn in around mid-May.

The six years of Huffman's tenure on City Council were characterized by disagreements that led to collaboration on city affairs, Huffman said in a speech while standing between her two daughters, Chloe and Lillie Huffman.

“I would do it all over again,” Huffman said. “Because when Frisco becomes more about any one person, or any one group, or any one agenda item, we have lost our way.”


Among the activities Huffman reflected on during her speech were advocating for Frisco to state representatives and supporting new and old businesses. Huffman also expressed pride in supporting Frisco ISD as a former public school teacher.

Ultimately, she said, it was time to focus on what matters to her most.

“In the end, I'm just a wife and a mom and a sister and a friend who is fighting for my own life against breast cancer. It's sad that women have to choose,” Huffman said. “But here we are, and while I'm so grateful for the chance to have served, it is more important now that I'm grateful for the chance to get to live.”

Mayor Jeff Cheney reminded those in attendance that while the May election was canceled, voters are currently casting ballots in a special runoff election between Laura Rummel and Tracie Reveal Shipman for Place 5 on City Council.

Early voting began March 9, and as of March 14, a total of 956 votes have been cast, according to the city website. Frisco has 122,918 registered voters, the website states. Early voting runs through March 22. The runoff election is March 26.

More information on the special runoff election can be found here.
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.