Brian Loughmiller’s 2013 re-election as mayor is his fourth successful run for city office in McKinney. But he had never before had an opponent file to run against him at the last minute – let alone someone file to run against him at the last minute, then decide to drop out of the race after the stated deadline.
Due to a quirk of the McKinney election rules, would-be challenger Derrick Johnson’s name was still on the ballot on May 11. Johnson, who decided to suspend his campaign shortly after declaring his intention to run, had only 72 hours from the time of his filing to run to officially withdraw from the race. He did not withdraw with that 72-hour window, which ensured his name would be on the ballot. Thereby, Loughmiller was forced to campaign against voter confusion and voter apathy.
Loughmiller secured 2,497 of the 2,919 votes cast. His share amounted to 89.95% of the votes. Johnson received 279 votes (10.05%).
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