Rogers wins District 2 on McKinney City Council; other seats head to runoff

Updated at 10:35 p.m. May 9

Rainey Rogers will be taking the District 2 seat on McKinney City Council after all precincts reported he held the lead with 657 votes, or 50.73 percent of the vote. Matt Hilton was close behind with 638 votes, or 49.27 percent of the vote.

Rogers could not be reached for comment.

Chuck Branch, who garnered 661 votes, or 38.16 percent of the vote, and Pablo Ruiz, who garnered 393 votes, or 22.69 percent, will be competing in a runoff June 13 as neither was able to garner 50.01 percent of the votes for the District 4 position.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the community and go for another four weeks of politicking and hopefully bring out a greater or equal number of voters for the runoff," he said. "I know that can be a challenge, but I hope people stay interested because this is still an important electoral race and has a huge impact on the city of McKinney."

Branch could not be reached for comment.

Also running for the District 4 position were David Joseph Weaver, who received 20 votes, or 1.15 percent of the vote; Robert DeMarco, who received 30 votes, or 1.73 percent of the vote; Steven Spainhouer, who received 29 votes, or 1.67 percent of the vote; Ty Lake, who received 218 votes, or 12.59 percent of the vote; and Angie Bado, who received 381 votes, or 22.00 percent of the vote.

At-large competitors Tracy Rath, who garnered 1,894 votes, or 43.52 percent of the vote, and Bill Campbell, who garnered 1341 votes, or 30.81 percent of the vote, will be competing in a runoff June 13 after neither was able to garner 50.01 percent of the votes for the seat.

"I appreciate the support of all the people who volunteered for me, and I am looking forward to the runoff," Campbell said. "We are going to get together and look where our support was and shore that up for the runoff."

Rath said she was overwhelmed by support.

“Thank you to all my opponents and to all the voters who voted early and who braved the weather to come out today," she said. "I am overwhelmed and grateful with the margin of support that my campaign received. I appreciate all of the volunteers who have worked so hard to get me elected. We will continue to reach out to residents and supporters leading up the runoff on June 13.”

Also competing for the at-large spot were Jeremiah Hammer, who received 466 votes, or 10.71 percent of the vote; Rodrick D. Robinson, who received 544 votes, or 12.50 percent of the vote; and Peter Bailey, who received 107 votes, or 2.46 percent of the vote.

Posted 7:30 p.m.

According to unofficial early voting results, Matt Hilton and Rainey Rogers are neck and neck in the race for District 2 on McKinney City Council with Rogers holding 375 votes, or 50.67 percent of votes, compared with Hilton, who has 366 votes, or 49.33 percent of the vote.

In District 4, Chuck Branch and Pablo Ruiz are ahead of David Joseph Weaver, Robert DeMarco, Steven Spainhouer, Ty Lake and Angie Bado. According to early voting results, Branch gained 444 votes, or 37.15 percent of the vote, and Ruiz gained 281 votes, or 23.51 percent of votes.

In the at-large race, Tracy Rath and Bill Campbell are ahead of Jeremiah Hammer, Rodrick D. Robinson and Peter Bailey with Rath receiving 1,262 votes, or 44.8 percent of early voting numbers, and Campbell with 922 votes, or 32.73 percent of votes.

Unless a candidate in a multi-candidate race receives more than 50 percent of the total vote, a runoff election will be necessary. The tentative runoff election date is June 13.

District 2

The District 2 council seat represents the southwest portion of the city boarded by US 75, SH 121, Custer Road and Eldorado Parkway. The seat is currently held by Geralyn Kever.

Matt Hilton is president of the Collin County Association of Realtors. He said he is running to continue to work with county commissioners and state legislators regarding infrastructure needs. He said, if elected, he would cut wasteful spending, exercise fiscal discipline and maximize economic development.

Rainey Rogers is a financial planner who said, if elected, he would bring those skills to the city by assisting in growth management. He also said he feels it is imperative for the city to hire the right city manager.

District 4

District 4 has the largest number of hopefuls as Angie Bado, Chuck Branch, Robert DeMarco, Ty Lake, Pablo Ruiz, Steven Spainhouer and David Joseph Weaver contend for the seat. The seat is currently held by Ray Ricchi and is located in the western portion of the city boarded by Coit Road, Eldorado Parkway, FM 1461, and Ridge Road.

Angie Bado is the president of the board of the Community Lifeline Center. If elected, she said she would establish a long-range vision for the city, followed by a strategic plan and specific tactics to meet that vision. Intentional planning, she said, will allow the city to address transportation, water shortage, public service needs, and to identify specific businesses to increase our commercial tax base.

Chuck Branch is the owner of Valiant Services Texas. Branch said, if elected, he would create a plan to determine the best industries to bring to the city that will provide the highest ad valorem taxes, high-payingjobs and high sales tax revenues.

Robert DeMarco is a bankruptcy attorney and partner at DeMarco-Mitchell law firm. If elected, DeMarco said he wants to preserve the city’s small-town appeal, while maintaining a level of excellence in city services.

Ty Lake is a marketing director of Tenant Tracker. If elected, Lake said she would  focus on finding a new city manager to help solve sustainability challenges facing the city including the commercial versus residential tax base imbalance as well as the growing water supply issue.

Pablo Ruiz is a facilities engineering manager at Texas Instruments and has been on the Stonebridge Ranch HOA board of directors for 10 years. If elected, Ruiz said he would focus on finding a new city manager while also working to attract new businesses that will create jobs, increase revenue and ease the tax burden on homeowners.

Steven Spainhouer is a risk manager who said, if elected, he would push for expanding the city’s commercial tax base, relieving homeowners of tax burdens, and helping to build the infrastructure and city services necessary.

Dave Weaver is a retired Air Force veteran. If elected, Weaver said he would work to ensure the growth of the city is sustained by continuing the planning necessary to accommodate the new housing developments and the new businesses coming to the city.

At-large

The at large seat also has several candidates including Peter Bailey, Bill Campbell, Jeremiah Hammer, Tracy Rath and Rodrick Robinson.

Peter Bailey is fluent in three languages, has spent time as an educator focusing on ESL classes and has been part of the Parks and Recreation Board as well as the Historic Preservation Board for two years. If elected, Bailey said he would focus on managing growth, conserving water, keeping the city unique and focusing on development east of Highway 5.

Bill Campbell is a civil engineer who said, if elected, he would focus on keeping McKinney great by developing in an economically sustainable way.

Jeremiah Hammer is CEO and founder of Sustainable Ventures, which helps businesses identify, measure and leverage data, in order to gain a competitive advantage. If elected, he said he plans to use these skills to measure if the jobs promised by corporations receiving incentives to move to McKinney ever materialize by requiring a Community Based Agreement accompany each economic development deal.

Tracy Rath is the current executive director of the Minuteman Disaster Response Foundation. Rath said, if elected, she would focus on finding a city manager, updating the city’s comprehensive land use and water plans, and would help pass a bond election that will provide essential infrastructure with no tax increase.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.


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