Who’s filed to run: Richardson City Council seats up for grabs as May elections approach

The candidate filing period for the May 1 Richardson City Council election will remain open until Feb. 12. (Community Impact staff)
The candidate filing period for the May 1 Richardson City Council election will remain open until Feb. 12. (Community Impact staff)

The candidate filing period for the May 1 Richardson City Council election will remain open until Feb. 12. (Community Impact staff)

Seven Richardson City Council races—including one for the mayor’s seat—will be on the ballot as the city prepares for its next round of municipal elections in May.

Mayor Paul Voelker filed to run again Jan. 13. So far, no other candidates have submitted applications to challenge his seat. Voelker has served on council since 2013 and has been mayor since 2015.

City Council members in Richardson serve two-year terms and are up for election during May of odd years, according to the city’s website. Council members are limited to six two-year terms or 12 consecutive years of service.

Two current members are approaching their term limits. Mark Solomon, who is a former mayor pro tem and the current Place 2 council member, will term out in May. Steve Mitchell, who represents Place 6 and has served on council for 16 years, announced earlier this month that he plans to run for the Richardson ISD board of trustees. Mitchell is also a former mayor of Richardson.

The candidate list below will be updated regularly through the filing deadline. The filing period is open through Feb. 12.


Editor’s note: An asterisk indicates that the candidate is an incumbent.

Richardson mayor

Paul Voelker*

Council member, Place 1

Bob Dubey*

Council member, Place 2

Jennifer Justice

Council member, Place 3

Janet DePuy*

Council member, Place 4

Joe Corcoran

Kyle Kepner*

Council member, Place 5

Ken Hutchenrider*

Council member, Place 6

Daniel Burdette

Marilyn Frederick

Arefin Shamsul

Editor's note: This story has been amended to add Mark Solomon to the list of council members who are approaching their term limit.
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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