Durham retains mayorship, Ferguson, Cade go to runoff

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Place 2 candidate Ronni Cade pours over the early voting results as soon as they're released at her watch party in her Old Town home. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)

Lewisville residents decisively re-elected mayor Rudy Durham for a second term on election night, May 5. Incumbent City Council member Neil Ferguson and former councilmember Ronni Cade will go to a runoff in June after they both failed to earn more than 50 percent of the vote for place 2.

On the LISD school board, Kronda Thimesch will retain her place 1 seat for a second term and Allison Lassahn will take over for the vacant place 2 seat with 42.69 percent of the vote, beating out 18-year-old Lewisville High School senior David Hernandez with 33.23 percent. The third candidate in the race, Flower Mound’s Denise Riemenschneider, earned 25.09 percent of votes.

The school district only requires a plurality of votes to win, so there will be no runoff here.

Hernandez congratulated Lassahn and thanked residents for their support.

“I’d like to congratulate Allison Lassahn on a great campaign and a fantastic win! I believe she will keep all of Lewisville in mind as she represents this great district that we call home,” he said.

In the race for City Council place 2, Ferguson finished well ahead of Cade, 47.63 percent to 32.96 percent, a difference of 338 votes. The third candidate, Mary Smith, finished with 19.41 percent and 447 total votes. Ferguson said he had already decided that had Cade been ahead of him, he would have dropped out to spare the city the cost of a runoff election.

“But as it turns out, we hold a 15 percent lead instead over the next highest challenger. And so for obvious reasons, I will stay in this race. Without all your support and votes, we could not possibly have done so well,” he said. “We shall proceed forward towards a full out win. I promise to get back to all of you soon on how you may help make that happen.”

Allison Lassahn with her son Kyle at her watch party.

Victorious incumbents Durham and Thimesch took the largest voting totals of the evening, with 56.98 and 55.91 percent of their respective votes. Both officials thanked residents for their support.

“I look forward to returning to the work of helping LISD students and families thrive and achieve, and I am grateful to the voters for their faith in me,” Thimesch said. “I applaud Sandra Weinstein for giving her time to run for office, and helping make LISD stronger by sharing her ideas and vision.”

Perennial mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson, running for the fourth time, shot back up to 30.6 percent of the vote, almost as much as the first time he ran in 2009. His numbers had been declining since that first run. Penny Mallet received 12.92 percent of ballots.

Thimesch’s opponent, Weinstein, earned 44.09 percent of the vote, a marked improvement on the 20.97 percent she earned last year running against Tracy Scott Miller and two other challengers.

Finally, the Castle Hills proposition to become part of Lewisville’s Fire Control District, raising their own sales taxes one eighth of a cent to help fund the firehouse already being built in the area, passed with 61.99 percent of the vote. The proposition had become controversial late in the cycle because, since the fire control district is under Lewisville City Council and Castle Hills residents cannot vote for City Council, it appeared to an extent to be taxation without representation.

Castle Hills has contracted with Lewisville to respond to 911 calls, including for fires, for years.

Lewisville’s turnout of almost 2,400 residents was higher than recent years — though lower than last year’s election, which featured a vacant City Council seat and a school board bond proposition — but still about 6 percent of the city’s 40,148 registered voters. This is behind the 7.19 percent turnout county-wide.

In the context of LISD, Lewisville cast the second-most ballots among member cities but accounted for less than a quarter of the total votes and less than half the number of votes of the leader, Flower Mound.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I call on Ms. Cade to concede in order to avoid forcing the City to hold an expensive runoff election. 15% is not even close.

  2. James: It is ultimately up to each candidate to make their own decisions about their candidacy and their campaign so long as their actions fully agree with State of Texas election rules, Texas Ethics Commission rules, and City of Lewisville Charter rules. I made my own decision in advance to set a specific limit on the percentage spread if I were behind in a runoff so that I could hold myself to it and not let emotion tempt me to reconsider. I also made several people aware in advance that this was a possibility, starting with my wife, so they would not be surprised if I withdrew at 6% or more behind after last Saturday’s final voting. But every runoff candidate is free to make their own decisions whether to withdraw or stay in.

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