Richardson voters to decide 2 contested City Council positions

Early voting location.
Richardson polling places will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1. (Tracy Ruckel/Community Impact Newspaper)

Richardson polling places will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1. (Tracy Ruckel/Community Impact Newspaper)

Registered voters in Richardson will be able to cast ballots in two contested City Council races and five uncontested races in the May 1 election. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The contested races will be Places 4 and 6 on council. Uncontested races include Places 1, 2, 3, 5 and the mayor's position.

In the Place 4 race, incumbent Kyle Kepner is being challenged by Joe Corcoran. Kepner, owner of The Wine Authority, is seeking his second two-year term on council. Corcoran works in corporate compliance.

The Place 6 seat is currently filled by Steve Mitchell, who has reached his term limit after 16 years on council. Seeking the seat are Daniel Burdette, a software development manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories; Marilyn Frederick, a Realtor/broker; and Arefin Shamsul, founder and chief executive officer of Stream Water Group Inc.

Mayor Paul Voelker, Place 1 Council Member Bob Dubey and Place 3 Council Member Janet DePuy are each uncontested in their re-election bids. Jennifer Justice is also uncontested in the race for outgoing Council Member Mark Solomon's Place 2 seat. Solomon has also reached his term limit on council.

More detailed candidate Q&As are available at

Voters in Dallas and Collin counties may cast their ballot at any vote center in the county where they live. For a list of polling places, click here for Dallas County or here for Collin County.

For the latest results on this and other races after the polls close, visit
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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