Local runoff elections are typically held in June for municipal, school district, higher education district or other special district races not decided during the May 7 uniform election. Jurisdictions have flexibility for scheduling these elections.
Today, Lubbock ISD voters elected Lala Chavez in the special second election for the District 1 seat. She defeated incumbent Marco Ybarra, 53%-47% (52-vote margin). While the race was close, their prior race was much closer. Ybarra tied Chavez in the May 7 election with 747 votes each. It is a rare case of a two-person race not being decided without a runoff.
Early voting concluded today for the June 11 runoff elections. Runoff elections of note include:
- Kyle City Council D1 – incumbent Diane Hervol or Travis Mitchell
- Longview City Council D6 – Karen Maines or Steve Pirtle
- Missouri City City Council P2 – Cynthia Gary or incumbent Chris Preston
- Sugar Land Mayor – Harish Jajoo or Joe Zimmerman
- Sugar Land City Council P2 – Mary Joyce or Naomi Lam
The Kyle race was another tie with each candidate receiving 510 votes in the May 7 election.
Early voting is underway for runoff elections called for June 18. Runoffs of note include:
- Dallas ISD Trustee D2 – Mita Havlick or Dustin Marshall
- Dallas Community College Trustee D3 – Tommy Reed or Dorothy Zimmermann
- Dallas Community College Trustee D4 – Monica Lira Bravo or Martha Jo Talbot
- Frisco City Council P2 – Terri Green or Shona Huffman
- Frisco City Council P4 – Cindy Asche or Bill Woodward
- Galveston City Council D1 – Amy Carmen Bly or incumbent Tarris Woods
- Keller City Council P3 – Mitch Holmes or Ed Speakmon
- Lake Dallas City Council P1 – Karl Hammond or Megan Ray
- Pearland Council P6 – Trent Perez or Monica Russo
Empower Texans has endorsed Asche, Marshall and Zimmerman. Annie’s List has endorsed Bravo.
Some jurisdictions’ runoff elections are June 25, and early voting has not yet begun. Runoffs of note include:
- Conroe Mayor – Jim Gentry or Toby Powell
- Conroe City Council P1 – Duane Ham or Tony Fuller
- Lubbock City Council D1 – Juan Chadla or Frank Gutierrez
- Lubbock City Council D2 – Jared Hall or Sheila Patterson Harris
- Port Arthur Mayor – Harold Doucet or Derrick Freeman
Ham received 6% of the vote in the 2014 Republican primary for HD16, finishing third behind Ted Seago (44%) and eventual runoff winner Will Metcalf (42%).
Expect low turnout for these elections, and also expect that absentee voters will have a proportionately greater influence in the outcomes than on May 7.