HULSEY WINS BY 54 VOTES
BURLESON – The magic number for Todd Hulsey was “54” Saturday as he soundly defeated Pam Grant Tatum in the runoff race for Place 4 on the Burleson City Council.
Hulsey’s victory over Tatum was by exactly 54 votes – 336 votes to Tatum’s 282.
The percentage of Hulsey’s victory over Tatum calculates to 54 as well – 54.37 percent to her 45.63 percent, records show.
In a statement issued after the election results were announced, Hulsey was quick to thank Tatum for running a “clean and hard campaign.”
Hulsey also thanked several others for their endorsements, including the Burleson Professional Firefighters Association, his former opponent Shannan Sutter, and Councilman DanO Strong.
“I thank each and every voter who cast their vote for me and I thank everyone for their prayers and support during this election,” Hulsey said. “I am looking forward to working with council colleagues and especially working with the citizens of Burleson. I pledge my honesty and best effort in service to the city.”
In a Facebook post, Tatum congratulated her opponent on his victory.
“Thank you to everyone who supported my campaign,” she wrote. “Congratulations to Todd! We need a conservative view, please don't disappoint us. We are counting on you.”
There were a total of 385 early voters who cast ballots for this election. An additional 231 voters voted specifically on Saturday, and two ballots were cast by mail, records show.
The 618 votes that comprise voter turnout was 2.38 percent of the 25,974 registered voters in both Tarrant and Johnson Counties, records show.
Burleson City Secretary Amanda McCrory said 618 votes is an impressive turnout.
Going in to Saturday’s election, Hulsey already had a commanding lead. His early voting results were 225 votes to Tatum’s 160.
But the 109 votes cast for Hulsey Saturday (to Tatum’s 122) and the two additional mail-in votes that also were cast for him solidified his victory.
Saturday’s runoff came after no clear winner emerged from the original Place 4 election on May 6 between Tatum, Hulsey, and Shannan Sutter.
In that election, Tatum received 1,168 votes or 33.91 percent; Sutter received 580 votes or 16.84 percent; and Hulsey received 1,304 votes or 37.86 percent.
The seat had been vacated by Matt Aiken, who chose not to run for re-election.