RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND
BURLESON – It's official.
The victors in the recent May election, Mayor Kenneth Shetter, Place 6 Councilman Ronnie Johnson, and Place 2 Councilman Rick Green – all incumbents – were sworn into office Monday as votes were officially canvassed at the beginning of the Burleson City Council meeting.
There was an air of anticipation throughout the room, followed by vigorous applause, as City Secretary Amanda McCrory swore in the mayor and Council members.
What remains is the June runoff election pitting Todd Hulsey against Pam Grant Tatum for Place 4 on the City Council – a three year term.
Election Day is June 17, and voting will take place at City Hall.
Tatum, on Monday, was critical of the timing of the runoff.
She said she believes a June 17 runoff election will not be a race based on ideals, goals or platform issues.
"The timing of a summer election is poor for all candidates," Tatum said in a texted statement. "I feel this election will be an exercise in turning voter apathy into action. Whomever has the ability to compel the residents to actually go to the polls to vote, will win ... Not the person with the best platform."
Hulsey did not address the timing of the race – simply his position in it.
"I am definitely the underdog in this race," he said in an emailed statement. "My opponent has a dedicated and vocal base of support, especially from east side of I-35W. But I do believe that I can win this race. I am working hard to reach more residents, and to get out the vote. I have received the public endorsement of one of my former opponents in the general election, the esteemed Shannon Sutter, and have received the endorsement of the Burleson Professional Firefighters Association. With their help, and with the help of those who voted for me in the general election, and from those citizens concerned with effectively moving our city and its government forward, I will win this runoff."