Ron Kelley, Tom Harrison take races for Plano City Council

Posted 9:31 p.m. May 9

According to unofficial results and with 100 percent of 65 precincts reporting, Plano City Council Place 5 candidate Ron Kelley defeated Mike Mansfield and Matt Lagos with 52.53 percent of votes in Collin County and 78.37 percent of the votes in Denton County, or 3,581 total votes. Mansfield had 26.53 percent of votes in Collin County and 14.73 percent of the votes in Denton County, or 1,729 total votes. Lagos took 20.94 percent of the votes in Collin County and 6.9 percent of the votes in Denton County, or 1,350 total votes.

In Place 7, Tom Harrison led Jim McGee with 57.65 percent of votes in Collin County and 74.38 percent of the votes in Denton County, or 3,566 total votes, compared with McGee's 42.35 percent of votes in Collin County and 25.62 percent of the votes in Denton County, or 2,531 total votes.

Place 1 candidate Angela Miner ran unopposed and replaces her husband, Pat Miner, who retired after serving two terms on the council. Place 3 candidate Rick Grady also ran unopposed and replaces André Davidson, who retired after serving five years on the council.

Council members will serve four-year terms.

Harrison ran on a platform of transparency, fiscal responsibility and economic development without the use of high-density housing.

“Looks like we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re going to hold monthly town hall meetings…because somebody has got to listen to the citizens of Plano,” Harrison said. “I don’t know [the other council members] very well because ... because most people in Plano don’t know them very well. I want very open meetings [and] I want to find out why our city is not using their professional staff [the way they should].”

Place 5

Kelley is a retired business executive and serves as executive director of Prestonwood Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Prestonwood Baptist Church. Kelley, who moved to Plano in 1996, ran on a platform of government transparency and smarter city redevelopment projects, and said his business experience and proven track record as a public servant under the Prestonwood Foundation qualified him to represent his fellow residents.

Kelley was not available for comment.

Lagos is a financial representative for Spectrum Financial Group in Addison and said development, improving the city’s aging infrastructure and promoting economic redevelopment along Plano’s major thoroughfares would be his top priorities if elected. Lagos is a graduate of Leadership Plano Class 28 and has served on several civic boards.

Mansfield is a real estate broker for his company, the Mansfield Group, and has served on several civic boards including the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission and Plano Board of Appeals. Mansfield ran on a platform that sought to strengthen the city through economic development activities, delivering quality city services, updating the aging infrastructure and supporting revitalization programs that benefit older neighborhoods.

Place 5 Councilman Jim Duggan did not seek a second term.

Place 7

Harrison is a retired telecom executive who serves on several projects with Custer Road Methodist Church. Harrison said there needs to be less cronyism within city government and more honest discussion between residents and city leaders and staff.

McGee is the senior director for government relations at Huawei Technologies Inc., and serves on the Plano ISD Foundation Board and the Plano Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee. McGee felt his long history of city involvement qualified him for making smart decisions regarding rezoning cases, redevelopment projects and investment plans for the city’s aging infrastructure.

Place 7 Councilman Pat Gallagher did not seek a second term.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.


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