Richardson ISD trustees vote to cancel November election, fast-track swearing in of candidate Eric Eager

Eric Eager will become the new Richardson ISD trustee for At-Large Place 6. (Courtesy Eric Eager)
Eric Eager will become the new Richardson ISD trustee for At-Large Place 6. (Courtesy Eric Eager)

Eric Eager will become the new Richardson ISD trustee for At-Large Place 6. (Courtesy Eric Eager)

Unopposed candidate Eric Eager will be sworn in early as a Richardson ISD trustee following a board vote to cancel the Nov. 3 election.

The district was notified in early August that Eager’s opponent, Bridgett Hudson, had dropped out of the race for At-Large Place 6—a move which effectively upended the last contested race on the ballot.

By way of a March proclamation, Gov. Greg Abbott “strongly encouraged” local governments to postpone their May elections to Nov. 3, which trustees voted to do later that month. Outgoing At-Large Place 6 trustee Justin Bono said he would remain in the seat until it was filled.

The District 3 seat was also set to appear on the November ballot. Trustees voted in May to fast-track the installation of Debbie Rentería, who was running unopposed, after former trustee Kristin Kuhne’s term expired. Unlike Bono, Kuhne was no longer eligible to hold the position because she does not reside within District 3 boundaries.

Though she voted to cancel the election, Rentería expressed concerns about the decision due to a 2018 lawsuit that accused the district of Voting Rights Act violations.


“The whole process of democracy, having a voice, especially after the lawsuit, it is about honoring the process,” she said.

Eager is set to be sworn in at the Sept. 8 board meeting.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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