College Trustee Place 7 race will be decided June 13
By Chad Engbrock
Incumbent Bennie Jones and challenger Candy Arrington are headed for a runoff for Place 4 after the votes were counted in the Wylie City Council Election this weekend. The runoff will be June 13. Former councilmember Diane Culver won Place 2 over Lisa Mellers and Catherine Butschek.
Voting, which ended Saturday, shows a total of 610 votes cast for Place 4 candidates.
Jones received 225, or 36.89 percent of total votes and Arrington received 157, or 25.74 percent.
Brad Emerson received 140 votes, 22.95 percent; and Brooke Lopez received 88 votes, or 14.36 percent of the total.
In the Place 2 race, of the 575 votes cast, Culver earned 393 votes, or 68.35 percent of the total. Lisa Mellers received 132 votes, or 22.96 percent and Catherine Butschek received 50 votes, or 8.70 percent. Butschek had withdrawn from the race after the ballot order was drawn.
Culver has previously served on council from 2011 to 2014 and said she is excited about getting back to work for the Wylie community.
“I am very excited to get back to work serving the citizens of Wylie,” said Culver. “I want to especially thank my mother, Sandra Daniel, for all the time she put in during early voting.
“To all those who have put their faith in me once again, I promise to do my best to honor you and represent our home with integrity.”
Jones has served on city council since 2010 and is a Lavon police officer. This is Arrington’s first council race and lists her profession as accounting.
Councilmembers serve three terms.
In the Board of Trustees race for Collin College Place 8, incumbent Bob Collins defeated challenger Ken Roberts. Collins received 9,662 votes, 59.8 percent, compared to Roberts’ 6,473, 40.12 percent.
In Place 7, incumbent Steve Cone faced three challengers and received 3,176 votes, 19.75 percent of the total cast. Jim Orr received 6,426, or 39.96 percent.
Collin Kennedy received 4,325 votes, or 26.90 percent, Mike Gould received 2,153 votes, or 13.39 percent and Jim Orr received 6,426 votes or 39.96 of the total votes cast.
Orr and Kennedy will face each other in a June 13 runoff.
Andy Hardin ran unopposed in his reelection bid for Place 9 and received 13,068 votes.
There were 470,039 registered voters eligible to vote in the Collin College trustee election. Voter turnout for both early and election day voting was just over 5.1 percent.
Early voting will be June 1 through 5 and June 8 and 9.