Troyer wins council seat in runoff election

Bob Troyer campaigns on runoff election day. Troyer won the runoff with about 68 percent of the vote. (Photo by Christina Ulsh)

Bob Troyer will serve on the Lewisville City Council in Place 1 after earning nearly 68 percent of the vote in the runoff election.

In a runoff that motivated 1,077 to cast a ballot on or before June 10, Troyer earned more than double the votes of his opponent Carolyn Wright.

The runoff was necessary when none of the five candidates running for Place 1 received at least 51 percent of the vote in the general election. Troyer and Wright received the most votes in the May election, with 41 percent and 32.44 percent respectively.

“I plan to represent all the citizens of Lewisville, not just the ones who voted or voted for me. I’m here to represent Lewisville,” Troyer said. “If you have questions or issues you want me to look into, don’t hesitate to contact me.”

Troyer said he is currently awaiting his city email, but until then he is available to speak to constituents through Facebook, Twitter, text messages or phone calls.

Wright could not be reached by phone for comment. She did, however, post thoughts on her personal Facebook page.

“Congratulations Bob Troyer and wishing you all the best,” she wrote. In a comment on the status she wrote, “Not defeated but accomplished. One of the greatest leaps of faith which stretched me in such unimaginable ways, a learning curve that is priceless and worth it for upcoming future endeavors.”

About 65 percent of votes were cast early or with absentee ballots. Nobody in the two Dallas County precincts cast a vote in the runoff.

Less than half the amount of voters participated in the runoff than in the original May election, which had 2,625 voters.  

In that election, TJ Gilmore was re-elected to Place 3 on council and Kristi Hassett and Tracy Scott Miller were re-elected as school board trustees. The election also approved the Lewisville ISD’s $737.5 million bond proposal.

Troyer will be sworn into office June 19, City Secretary Julie Heinze said.