Pictured from left: MISD Superintendent, Dr. J. D. Kennedy and Chief Communications Officer, Cody Cunningham, Julie Cunningham
It was election night, and 2nd Saturday, on the square in downtown McKinney. Downtown was busy with folks eating, drinking, shopping, visiting and, in many cases, cheering on their candidates. As election results filtered in, some candidates and their supporters were disappointed, others were elated.
Voters in McKinney made their voices heard at the polls on Saturday. Despite the loud protests of some who were against the $191 million McKinney ISD school bond, voters overwhelmingly approved the bond, with nearly 74 percent in favor.
“We are very pleased and thank the community for their support,” Dr. J.D. Kennedy, McKinney ISD Superintendent said.
A smiling Cody Cunningham, MISD, Chief Communications Officer for McKinney Independent School District noted, “The thing that we are really excited about is the opportunity to make some signifiant improvements to some of our campuses that need it. While we’re excited about all of the campus improvements, we are particularly excited about being able to make an impact at McKinney High School, where they are most needed.”
In the At-Large City Council race, Steve Bell won 35.99 percent of the votes, just barely pulling ahead of candidate Roger Harris, who came in a very close second with 35.71 percent. Since neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, Bell and Harris will now begin their campaigns for a runoff election, which will be held in June.
“I feel good.” Bell said. “I would have liked to have won outright, but that’s not the way it is. The news guys (candidates) out there did an excellent job…now we are going to try to motivate the voters to get out and vote.”
In the race for McKinney Independent School District Board of Trustees, Place 4, Amy Dankel, received 63 percent of the votes, beating one-term incumbent, Dick Stevens.
Incumbent Geralyn Kever won against challenger Tracy Rath in the District 2 City Council race.
Kever commented, “The people have spoken, now let the work begin.”
Ray Ricchi, candidate for District 4 City Council ran unopposed.
Video: See comments from the candidates below
McKinney Independent School District Board of Trustees, Place 4
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Total Votes 2164
Dick Stevens 773 35.72%
Amy Dankel 1391 64.28%
Bond – McKinney ISD
Number of Precincts 35
Precincts Reporting 35 100.0 %
Total Votes 5739
For (a Favor) 4245 73.97%
Against (en Contra) 1494 26.03%
Council member at-large – McKinney
Number of Precincts 30
Precincts Reporting 30 100.0 %
Total Votes 4904
Steve Bell 1765 35.99%
Jeremiah J. Hammer 184 3.75%
Matt Hilton 971 19.80%
Johnny Moore 233 4.75%
Roger D. Harris 1751 35.71%
Council member, District No. 2 – McKinney
Number of Precincts 7
Precincts Reporting 7 100.0 %
Total Votes 1888
Geralyn Kever 1272 67.37%
Tracy Rath 616 32.63%
Council member, District No. 4 – McKinney
Number of Precincts 12
Precincts Reporting 12 100.0 %
Total votes: 1989
Ray Ricchi 1989 100.00%
Cindy Evans, freelance writer, also contributed to this story.
From The City of McKinney:
Today McKinney residents turned out to cast their ballots in the general election to vote for City Council representatives for one At Large seat and District 2. To be elected to City Council, a candidate must receive a majority of votes in the general election, or more than 50 percent of the total vote. Ray Ricchi ran unopposed for the District 4 Council seat and collected 1988 votes.
Geralyn Kever has won the seat of District 2, earning another three-year term on McKinney City Council, according to the unofficial election results from the Collin County Election Administrator. Kever earned 1272 votes or 67.37 percent of the total, defeating Tracy Rath, who earned 616 votes or 32.63 percent of the total.
There will be a run-off election for the At Large City Council seat, according to the unofficial election results from the Collin County Election Administrator.
Voters will elect either Steve Bell or Roger Harris to the City Council At Large seat in a run-off election on June 18, with early voting June 6 – 14. Bell collected 1764 votes, or 35.99 percent of the total. Harris collected 1750 votes, or 35.70 percent of the total.
Jeremiah J. Hammer, Matt Hilton and Johnny Moore also ran but will not appear on the ballot in the run-off election. Hammer collected 184 votes, or 3.75 percent of the total. Hilton collected 971 votes, or 19.81 percent of the total. Moore collected 233 votes, or 4.75 percent of the total. The run-off election only includes the candidates who received the top two vote totals.
Provisional ballots will be counted and final results certified next week. Please visit www.mckinneytexas.org for more information on details for the run-off election for City Council.