Richardson saw 12.52% voter turnout for spring election

Early voting location.
Of the more than 128,000 total votes cast in Dallas County for the May 1 election, more than 51% came from early voting. (Tracy Ruckel/Community Impact Newspaper)

Of the more than 128,000 total votes cast in Dallas County for the May 1 election, more than 51% came from early voting. (Tracy Ruckel/Community Impact Newspaper)

More than 12% of Richardson’s registered voters took part in the city’s May 1 election, according to city officials.

Voters selected City Council members, Richardson ISD board members and approved the school district’s $750 million bond package.

Collin County saw 14.71% of registered voters in the county cast ballots in the spring election, while Dallas County had 9.63% voter turnout, according to data from the two counties. Richardson Deputy City Manager Don Magner said the city’s combined turnout for the two counties was 12.52%.

“We always want as many people to take part as they can, but for a local election it is a good turnout,” Magner said.

While both of the RISD bond propositions passed, one new member was chosen for the board of trustees, while the other contested race will go to a runoff June 5. One of the two contested City Council elections will also move on to a runoff election on the same date. Early voting for both runoffs will be May 24-June 1, according to election officials.

Council welcomed new members: Joe Corcoran and Jennifer Justice on May 10 along with returning members Mayor Paul Voelker, Place 1 Council Member Bob Dubey, Place 3 Council Member Janet DePuy and Place 5 Council Member Ken Hutchenrider, who were each uncontested in their re-election bids. Corcoran defeated incumbent Kyle Kepner for the Place 4 position, while Justice was uncontested in the race for the Place 2 seat.

Arefin Shamsul and Marilyn Frederick will square off in a runoff for council’s Place 6 seat. Shamsul received the most votes in the Place 6 race with 40.5% followed by Frederick's 30%.

In the RISD portion of the ballot, Megan Timme won the single-member District 1 race with 57.9% of the vote. She won the seat over Vicky Suárez's 28.2% and Tony Casagrande's 13.9%.
Christopher J. Poteet and Amanda Clair will square off in the June 5 runoff election for the RISD at-large Place 7 board of trustees seat. Of the seven candidates vying for the seat in the May 1 election, Poteet received the most votes with 36.2% followed by Clair's 27.5%. Among the other candidates for the Place 7 seat, Blake Sawyer received the next highest percentage of the vote with 13.9%, followed by Nicole Foster's 12.5%, Eric Stengel's 5.6%, Nicholas Frank LaGrassa's 2.4% and Gavin Haynes' 1.9%
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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