Today (Saturday) was runoff Election Day for a number of local jurisdictions across the state.
Dallas: Incumbents Carolyn King Arnold (55%-45%) and Adam Bazaldua (64%-36%) won their runoffs over Maxie Johnson and former council member Kevin Felder, respectively, but incumbent David Blewett was ousted by Paul Ridley, 61%-39%. Jesse Moreno (58%-42%), Jaynie Schultz (54%-46%) and Gay Donnell Willis (54%-46%) won open council seats.
Fort Worth: Mattie Parker won the mayoral runoff over Deborah Peoples, 53%-47%. In one of the day’s closest elections, council member Jungus Jordan was defeated by Jared Williams, 51%-49%, after narrowly leading for most of the night. Williams won the Election Day vote, 54%-46%. Incumbent Kelly Allen Gray was ousted by Chris Nettles, 52%-48%. Leonard Firestone defeated Zeb Pent, 55%-45%, and Elizabeth Beck defeated Fernando Peralta, 62%-38%, to claim open council seats.
San Antonio: Council member John Courage won re-election and a rematch against Patrick Von Dohlen, 54%-46%, but two other incumbents fell. Mario Bravo ousted council member Roberto Treviño, 54%-46%, and Jalen McKee-Rodriguez defeated council member Jada Andrews-Sullivan, 63%-37%. Treviño received 45% of the vote in the May 1 general election and managed to gain just 1 point today. Bravo gained 20 points over the first round. McKee-Rodriguez, a 25-year-old educator, becomes the first openly gay man to be elected to the council.
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