ELECTION DAY RESULTS: Mayor Ken Shetter reelected; Burleson ISD bonds pass; runoff election called
BURLESON – Incumbent Mayor Ken Shetter won reelection with nearly 58 percent of the vote, a June 17 runoff was called in the Place 4 City Council race, and both of the Burleson Independent School District's proposed bonds passed as Election Day hit the city Saturday.
City Secretary Amanda McCrory and Mary Ellen Burch from the Burleson Independent School District took turns announcing the tentative election results in front of Burleson City Hall shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday night. The polls closed at 7 p.m.
The results will remain un-official until they are canvassed – either by the Burleson City Council or the Burleson Independent School District board of trustees, officials said.
They are as follows:
• Shetter received 1,995 votes, or 57.93 percent of the vote, during Saturday's election. Challenger Katherine Reading received 1,183 votes, or 34.35 percent of the vote, and John Garrison received 216, or 6.27 percent.
During a radio interview given after election results were announced, Shetter wished his opponents well and commended them for their tenacity as candidates.
“It was a good, well-fought race,” Shetter said. “It was closely contested from beginning to end.”
Shetter said his victory indicates there is a “certain amount of satisfaction with the general direction of the city.”
“We have worked hard to get where we are,” the mayor said. “While this doesn't mean there isn't always room for improvement … I think the election does give us the mandate to continue moving forward in the direction we have been going. … I like a close election because you … get to see if you are moving in the right direction and get some wind at your back.”
Garrison could not immediately be reached to comment Saturday night, but Reading congratulated Shetter for a well-run campaign.
“I'm very happy for my opponent,” she said. “Congratulations to Mayor Shetter because I think he was great.”
Reading said the people of Burleson have made their voices heard and that needs to be respected. But she has no intention of fading into the political shadows.
“For a ‘girl’ who's only lived here 18 months, I am proud of what I have accomplished,” she said. “I have been able to maintain being a part of our wonderful community. I have learned about a lot of issues and addressed issues that have been in Burleson for a very long time. … But the end result is, I'm not going anywhere.”
In other election results:
• Incumbent Rick Green took the Place 2 City Council race – the clear winner with 1,769 votes, or 51.36 percent of the vote.
Also in Place 2, Roman Pscheidt received 131 votes, or 3.80 percent; K.J. Topinka received 115 votes or 3.34 precent; Robert Book took 341 votes or 9.90 percent; and Brooke Wilson received 813 votes or 23.61 percent.
• PLACE 4 RUNOFF: With no clear winner in City Council Place 4, there will be a runoff election June 17. Pam Grant Tatum received 1,168 votes or 33.91 percent; Shannan Sutter got 580 votes or 16.84 percent; and Todd Hulsey got 1,304 votes or 37.86 percent.
• In Place 6, Ronnie Johnson won with 1,821 votes, 52.87 percent to Jason Morse's 1,289 votes, or 37.43 percent.
BURLESON ISD SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION
• In the Place 3 Burleson ISD School Board election, incumbent Ryan Richardson won with 2,103 votes. Jerry Duncan received 1,177 votes and write-in candidate Misty Lemons received 29 votes. (The percentages were not immediately calculated with these results.)
• In the Place 4 school board election, Andy Pickens won with 1,610 votes to opponent Shane O'Rourke's 638 votes and Shelley Grant's 1,201 votes.
• Proposition 1 in the Bond Election – the issuance of $85 million in bonds and levying the tax in payment thereof – passed, 2,301 to 1,722.
• Also passing, 2,214 votes to 1,791, was Proposition 2 in the bond election – the tax Ratification election approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.67 per $100 valuation in the Burleson Independent School District fro the current year, a rate that is $0.13 higher per $100 valuation than the school district rollback tax rate.
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