Few Collin County voters showed up at the polls Saturday for municipal and bond elections. Turnout was a mere 5.8 percent. In Frisco, voters approved money for an arts hall. In Plano, two newcomers swept into office. And in McKinney, two council races are headed to a runoff.
Here is a look at the results in some key elections:
Voters in Frisco on Saturday approved a controversial proposition to authorize $10 million for a cultural and performing arts facility in Frisco.
The seven other bond propositions, to fund improvements including roads, new fire stations, an expansion at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center and more, also passed. In total, voters approved more than $267 million in bonds for capital improvements in the city.
The performing arts hall measure drew opposition even in the early stages – first with the citizens committee that recommended it and then the Frisco City Council, which voted 3-2 put it on the ballot and let voters decide.
Opponents’ biggest concern was that the bond measure had no plan for what would be built, where it would go or how it would be run. Some thought there were too many unanswered questions to be voting on funding.
But those in favor of the bond measure said passage would send elected officials the message that citizens want a performing arts hall. The $10 million will be combined with $4 million authorized in 2006 but never spent.
The funding gives the city the ability to move forward as it decides how to proceed, whether that be on its own or with a private partner.
Political newcomers Ron Kelley and Tom Harrison won in two contested races for the Plano City Council.
Both candidates ran on similar platforms, criticizing Plano’s equal-rights ordinance that gave anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community and other groups. They feel the measure should have been decided by voters.
Kelley and Harrison also were critical of a draft of a comprehensive plan that some feel promotes dense, urban-style housing.
In the three-way race for Place 5, Kelley defeated Mike Mansfield and Matt Lagos. In the race for the Place 7 seat, Harrison was the winner over Jim McGee.
Saturday’s election replaced half of the members of the council. Four members of the eight-member council decided not to seek re-election or were unable to run again because of term limits.
Angela Miner was unopposed for the Place 1 seat held by her husband, Pat, who is term-limited. Rick Grady drew no challengers for the Place 3 seat being vacated by Andre Davidson.
Voters in McKinney cast ballots for three contested City Council seats. No incumbents were on the ballot after two reached term limits and one decided not to run again.
This was just be the first go-round for voters, as two council races will have runoff elections.
Rainey Rogers narrowly defeated Matt Hilton for District 2. Chuck Branch was the largest vote-getter in District 4. He will square off against Pablo Ruiz in the runoff. Tracy Rath had the most votes for the at-large seat and will face Bill Campbell in the runoff.
Wendy Hundley and Julieta Chiquillo