Rummel, Shipman heading to runoff election for Frisco City Council Place 5

Two candidates in the Jan. 29 special election to fill Frisco City Council Member Dan Stricklin’s seat are headed to a runoff. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Two candidates in the Jan. 29 special election to fill Frisco City Council Member Dan Stricklin’s seat are headed to a runoff. (Courtesy Unsplash)

Two candidates in the Jan. 29 special election to fill Frisco City Council Member Dan Stricklin’s seat are headed to a runoff. (Courtesy Unsplash)

Updated at 9:20 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect the latest election results.

Laura Rummel and Tracie Reveal Shipman will compete in a runoff election on March 26 after neither candidate accumulated at least 50% of votes in the Jan. 29 special election for Frisco City Council Place 5.

In the special election, Rummel accumulated 2,340 votes, or 45.9%, according to unofficial vote tallies from Collin and Denton counties. Shipman accumulated 2,080 votes, or 40.8%.

Krishna accumulated 678 votes, or 13.3%.

With 122,918 registered voters in Frisco, turnout for the special election was 4.15%.


Rummel said she would have loved to save the city of Frisco money by avoiding a runoff election, but committed to continuing her campaign.

“It is what it is,” Rummel said. “We were very close to winning it outright, and so we’re going to continue to press forward.”

Shipman also said she hoped to avoid a runoff to save the city money.

“For the city’s sake, I’m disappointed that we couldn’t find a distinct winner in this race,” Shipman said. “I’m looking forward to another two months of getting to meet people, getting to listen to people and getting an opportunity to serve once it’s done.”

Krishna said he intends to file for the May 7 general election. Council members for Place 2 and Place 4 will be chosen by Frisco voters. Incumbents Shona Huffman and Bill Woodard have already filed for re-election.

“It’s just the people’s response,” Krishna said regarding the outcome of the Jan. 29 special election. “Accepting me or not accepting me is up to them ... I think we need more educating on ... civic rights.”
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.