Voters in Dallas and San Antonio sent their respective mayoral races to runoffs while Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price won an unprecedented fifth term. Saturday’s local elections were generally kind to incumbents and the status quo as voter turnout, euphorically high in November, crashed back to normal, mostly single-digit levels.
In Dallas, Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) and council member Scott Griggs emerged from a competitive nine-person field with 20% and 18% of the vote, respectively. Just over 80K people voted as countywide turnout was just under 10% of registered voters. Council member Kevin Felder missed the D7 runoff, finishing fourth with 15% of the vote. He received fewer than 600 votes. Adam Bazaldua faces former council member Tiffinni Young in that runoff. Incumbent D4 and D14 council members Carolyn King Arnold (46%) and Philip Kingston (40%) were forced into runoffs against Dawn Blair (22%) and David Blewett (48%), respectively. In addition to those three seats, a runoff will decide open D9, where Paula Blackmon (37%) faces Erin Moore (32%). The city’s highest profile council race saw D13 incumbent Jennifer Staubach Gates easily defeat former Mayor Laura Miller, 66%-34%.
San Antonio voters sent their incumbent mayor to a runoff for the third straight election cycle. Mayor Ron Nirenberg (49%), who missed winning outright by 1,360 votes, faces council member Greg Brockhouse (46%). Countywide turnout was just over 11%. All seven incumbent council members on the ballot prevailed, including John Courage in D9, who won the rematch against conservative Patrick Von Dohlen, 54%-41%. D2 open will be decided in a runoff between former council member Keith Toney (27%) and Jada Andrews-Sullivan (21%). D4 open will be decided in a runoff between Adriana Rocha Garcia (47%) and Johnny Arredondo (21%). D6 open ended in a runoff between Melissa Havrda (47%) and Andy Greene (35%).
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