UPDATED: Patrick J. Cloutier wins seat in McKinney City Council special election

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Results from Collin County show that Patrick J. Cloutier has won McKinney's special election for City Council. (Courtesy Unsplash)

Results from Collin County show that Patrick J. Cloutier has won McKinney's special election for City Council. (Courtesy Unsplash)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with unofficial results from Collin County Elections Department and comments from candidates.

Patrick J. Cloutier won McKinney's Jan. 15 special election for City Council, according to results from the Collin County Elections Department.

Cloutier won with 58.82% of the vote, or 2,475 votes, with ballots from all five vote centers counted along with early voting. Vicente Torres followed with 33.10%, or 1,393 votes. John R. Booher had 8.08% of the vote, or 340 votes.

Collin County reported a 3.54% voter turnout, with 4,220 of 119,223 registered voters casting ballots.

Cloutier will take Place 2 on the council, which is an at-large seat currently held by Council Member Frederick Frazier. Frazier announced his candidacy for a state House Representative seat on Oct. 15. Cloutier will serve the remainder of Frazier's term, which ends in 2023.


"I'm extraordinarily humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of McKinney," Cloutier said. "I know there's a lot of work ahead. I will appreciate everybody's prayers and support."

Torres, who said he had been at polling locations since 7 a.m., said he was pleased with the voter turnout.

"I tell people all the time. It doesn't matter if you vote for me or vote against me, get out and know why you're voting," Torres said.

He added that he will continue showing up to council meetings and staying involved in the community.

"It's been fun, and I wouldn't change running for anything," Torres said. "It's a worthy cause, and it's worth people actually getting out and getting involved and participating."
By Brooklynn Cooper
Brooklynn Cooper covers public education in Frisco and McKinney. Previously, she reported on southern Dallas for The Dallas Morning News. The Durham, N.C. native and devoted Tar Heel fan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.