Today (Tuesday) was runoff Election Day in various local jurisdictions across the state. Early voting for Saturday’s runoff elections, including the SD30 special runoff election, ended today.
Austin: Challenger Mackenzie Kelly ousted incumbent council member Jimmy Flannigan, 52%-48%. Incumbent council member Alison Alter edged out Jennifer Virden, 51%-49%.
College Station: Incumbent council member John Nichols led challenger Craig Regan, 80%-20%, with an unusually large number of mail ballots (relative to the number of votes cast) not yet counted and military ballots not yet returned. It is unclear why the non-military absentee ballots were not counted and included in the early vote totals.
Conroe: Marsha Porter won an unexpired council term, 62%-38%, over Kelley Inman.
Corpus Christi: Mayor Joe McComb lost his re-election bid to council member Paulette Guajardo, 56%-44%. Incumbent council member Greg Smith defeated Kaylynn Paxson, 63%-37%. Billy Lerma won an open council seat, 56%-44%, over Rachel Ann Caballero.
Dickinson: Council member Sean Skipworth appears to have won the mayoral runoff over Jennifer Lawrence by 3 votes.
Galveston: Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown won the mayoral runoff over council member Bo Quiroga, 54%-46%. Incumbent council members David Collins (54%-46%) and John Paul Listowski (60%-40%) won re-election, and William Schuster won an open council seat, 72%-28%.
Georgetown: Shawn Hood defeated Lisa King, 67%-33%, to win an open council seat.
League City: John Bowen (59%-41%) and Justin Hicks (57%-43%) won open council seat races.
Odessa: Javier Joven won the mayoral runoff over council member Dewey Bryant, 63%-37%. Challenger Mark Matta defeated council member Michael Shelton, 63%-37%. Denise Swanner won the open at-large council seat, 70%-30%, over David Turner.
Lubbock: The city council ordered a May 1 special election for a referendum on whether the city would become a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” The council unanimously voted down the proposed ordinance last month, but language in the city charter requires the council to order an election if an “initiating committee” collects signatures equal to 25% of the number of votes cast in the last municipal election.
This is currently the only election the city will hold next year. It is expected to cost the city up to $200K.
McAllen: Mayor Jim Darling announced he would not seek re-election. He was first elected to the post in 2013.
San Antonio: VIA Metropolitan Transit board chair Ezra Johnson established a campaign committee to challenge council member Clayton Perry. Army reservist Gabrien Gregory has also established an exploratory committee for the race.
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