Today (Tuesday) was the first of a string of Election Days for local jurisdictions where runoffs were required by charter or law.

Arlington: Incumbent Victoria Farrar-Myers easily defeated Antoine Lane, 82%-18%.

Coppell: John Jun won an open council seat, 60%-40%, over Jim Walker.

Copperas Cove: Vonya Hart defeated Terri Deans, 57%-43%, to win what became an open seat when council member Marc Payne failed to make a runoff, as did former council member Gary Kent.

Denton: Council member Gerard Hudspeth defeated council member Keely Briggs, 53%-47%, in the mayoral runoff, becoming the city’s first Black mayor. Council member Paul Metzler retained his seat, 53%-47%, over Jim Mann. Connie Baker won the special election for an unexpired council term, 60%-40%, over Ronnie Anderson.

Duncanville: Council member Don McBurnett won re-election by 19 votes over Misty Bain.

Frisco: Dan Stricklin defeated Laura Rummel, 53%-47%, to win an open council seat.

Halton City: Kyle Smith won an open council seat, 62%-38%, over Bob Watkins.

Irving: Mark Zeske won an open council seat, 55%-45%, over Abdul Khabeer.

Keller: Armin Mizani won the mayoral runoff over Tag Green, 59%-41%. Mizani unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Giovannia Capriglione (R-Southlake) in the 2018 Republican primary.

Kyle: Mayor Travis Mitchell won re-election, 55%-45%, over former council member Linda Tenorio.

Mansfield: Michael Evans defeated council member Brent Newsom, 53%-47%, in the mayoral runoff. He succeeds David Cook, who won his race for HD96. Evans will be the city’s first Black mayor. Tamara Bounds won the special election for Newsom’s unexpired term, 54%-46%, over Scot Bowman.

Palmview: Lando Nacianceno won the special runoff election for a council seat, 56%-44%, over Vel Gonzalez.

San Marcos: Mayor Jane Hughson easily won re-election, 66%-34%, over Juan Miguel Arredondo. Mark Gleason defeated Omar Baca, 56%-44%, in the special runoff election for a council seat.

Other News

SD30 special: Early voting begins tomorrow (Wednesday) for the December 19 runoff election.

Contribution Moratorium: Saturday is the last day statewide officeholders, legislators, special-purpose committees directly tied to a state officeholder and legislative caucuses may accept campaign contributions. The moratorium also applies to non-incumbent candidates who will be sworn in next year. This specific moratorium does not apply to judicial candidates and officeholders because they are subject to a different statute’s longer prohibitions.

This moratorium does not immediately apply to Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster), a candidate in the December 19 special runoff election for SD30. Speaking of that election, Springer and Shelley Luther’s runoff reports are due Friday, covering contributions and expenditures from September 20 through tomorrow (Wednesday).

Montgomery Co.: County Judge and former Rep. Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands) was charged with a Class B misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated in connection with a September 10 car accident. At the time, investigators found a prescribed sleep aid in his system.

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