North Texans elected new mayors and city council members in Saturdays election.
WFAA senior reporter Jason Whitely shares these highlights from the hot races.
At least 3 races are heading to a runoff in the Dallas City Council and one familiar face will return to that chamber. Dwaine Caraway will return to his old Dallas City Council District 4 seat after unseating incumbent Carolyn King Arnold.
Caraway was term-limited off 2 years ago but returned to his old seat beating his successor with 53% to Arnold’s 47%. One of the big issues in the race was whether to build a deck park over I-35 near the Dallas Zoo.
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WFAA cameras showed Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings visiting Caraway at his campaign headquarters to personally congratulate him. The Mayor said he will visit all of the winning council members tonight.
Over to Dallas City Council District 14, Philip Kingston beat back a big challenged from attorney Matthew Wood. This race had a lot of money flowing through it and had big name support from former police chief David Brown and Mayor Rawlings.
District 7 is heading to a runoff with Tiffany Young facing five challengers. She has the most votes, but will face a run off most likely with Kevin Felder on June 10.
In District 11, Lee Kleiman easily defeated a challenge from Candy Evans, a local real estate blogger. Numbers: Kleinman 63%, Evans 37%.Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price easily won reelection at 70% to Chris Nettles at 30% with most of the votes counted. This will be Price’s fourth 2-year term.
Irving has elected its first new major in six years. Rick Stopfer easily won with 68% of the vote over three other candidates.
A big bond referendum in Plano passed Saturday. Collin Community College Prop passed with 100 percent precincts reporting. For 56%, Against 44%.
Before the polls closed, the Dallas County Elections Department warned results in some races might be delayed tonight as officials and county prosecutors compare applications for mail-in ballots with ones actually received.
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