May 1, 2021 Local Election - Ballot

WHAT'S ON THE BALLOT?

​All voters who live in the City of Richardson will vote on the:

 

All voters who live in the Richardson ISD will vote on:

 

Voters who live in Single-member District 1 of the Richardson ISD will vote on:

All voters who live in the Collin County portion of Richardson will vote on the:

All voters who live in the City of Garland will vote on the:

  • Garland City Council (Mayor and Districts 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8; three districts contested) The mayor is elected at large, meaning that all voters in the city vote for the mayor.  All council districts are single-member districts.  You must live in the district to vote in that race.

All voters who live in the City of Dallas will vote on the:

 

RICHARDSON MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

The Richardson Mayor and all six councilmembers are on the May 1, 2021 ballot.  All registered voters living in the City of Richardson vote in all seven places.  Candidates from the two contested places are listed below in ballot order:

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Place 4:

  • Incumbent Kyle Kepner

  • Joe Corcoran

 

Place 6:

  • Daniel Burdette

  • Marilyn Frederick

  • Arefin Shamsul

According to the city’s website, Council members are responsible for:

 

  • hiring the City Manager,

  • appointing the City Attorney, City Secretary, Municipal Court Judges, City Health Officer and citizens to the City’s boards and commissions,

  • passing City ordinances,

  • planning for capital improvements,

  • issuing and selling municipal bonds,

  • purchasing and selling property,

  • establishing City departments,

  • determining City services,

  • approving the annual budget, and

  • setting the City’s tax rate.

 

The City Manager is responsible for the City’s daily operations, hiring department heads, supervising the City personnel, directing and coordinating all municipal programs, enforcing all municipal laws and ordinances, and recommending an annual budget.

 

The Richardson City Council consists of the Mayor, two at-large seats and four place seats (that have a geographical requirement). Though members representing Places 1 thru 4 must reside in those areas, all members of the City Council are elected at-large by voters. Once elected, councilmembers choose the Mayor Pro Tem from among the elected members. The Mayor, as well as all City Council seats, carry two-year terms and are up for election during May of every odd year. Term limits for the Mayor and all City Council seats are limited to 6 terms, or 12 consecutive years.

 

View the Richardson City Council Boundaries map.

For more information, visit the city’s Elections web page.

 

RICHARDSON ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

The May 1, 2021 election will finalize the move to the 5-2 system (5 trustees voted from single-member districts and 2 trustees voted at-large).  All registered voters living in the Richardson ISD may vote for candidates running in At-Large Place 7.  Only registered voters living in Single-Member District 1 of the Richardson ISD may vote for candidates running in Single-Member District 1. On the ballot will be Single-Member District 1 and At-Large Place 7.

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View the Richardson Single-Member Districts map to learn about districts.

Candidates from the two contested races are listed below in ballot order:

 

Single-Member District 1.  You must live in District 1 to vote in the District 1 election.

  • Vicky Suárez

  • Tony Mario Casagrande

  • Megan Timme

 

At-Large Place 7. All voters in the RISD may vote on this race.

  • Nicole Foster

  • Amanda Clair

  • Blake Sawyer

  • Eric Stengel

  • Christopher J Poteet

  • Gavin Haynes

  • Nicholas LaGrassa

 

According to the RISD website:

The Board of Trustees has the executive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of RISD.  Acting as a collective body, the Board sets the direction for the school district. Some of the Board’s general responsibilities include:

  • Setting district policies and supporting administrators and teachers in the execution of those policies.

  • Employing and evaluating the superintendent.

  • Adopting the annual budget.

  • Levying/collecting taxes and issuing bonds.

  • Performing specific duties imposed by the state.

 

RICHARDSON ISD BOND PROPOSAL

On February 8, 2021, the Richardson ISD trustees voted to place two bond propositions on the May 1, 2021 ballot.

According to the Richardson ISD website:

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“Bond 2021 will be the first phase of RISD’s transition into a middle school model that will eventually lead to all eight junior highs being transformed into campuses serving sixth, seventh, and eighth grade,” Dr. Stone said. “This also would open up space at our elementary campuses that would be used to expand our Pre-K for All initiative. Bond 2021 is the beginning of RISD’s long-range facilities vision.”

 

“Some of the anticipated projects the proposed Bond 2021 package would fund include:

  • Repair and maintain schools

  • Expand schools experiencing enrollment growth

  • Begin the process of transforming junior highs as RISD moves to a middle school model

  • Renovate aging campuses based on condition assessments

  • Provide safety and security enhancements for schools

  • Update instructional materials and equipment for students

  • Provide new school buses and district vehicles for maintenance and security

  • Provide updated computer devices for students and staff, and upgrades to the district’s technology infrastructure

 

Proposition A – $694 million: Includes projects related to capital construction, infrastructure, repairs, safety and security, student instruction, and equipment.

 

Proposition B – $56 million: Includes student and staff technology.

(Ballot language)

 

Proposed projects in Bond 2021 include the first phase of a long-range facilities vision to replace or renovate RISD schools based on age and condition. RISD campuses are as old as 69 years, with an average age of 53 years. Bond 2021 also begins RISD’s middle school transformations to accommodate the move of sixth graders from elementary schools to junior high buildings, creating middle schools to serve students in grades 6, 7 and 8.”

 

For more information, visit the RISD’s web page on the 2021 bond proposal.

 

PLANO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

From the Plano ISD website:

 

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“The Plano ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to serve, without compensation, for overlapping terms of four years each. Operating within the legal parameters of the state and federal constitutions, statutes, courts and administrative agencies, the board is charged with the responsibility of providing the finest educational program possible for the students in the district. School trustees make all final decisions regarding school district priorities, policies, personnel, textbooks, expenditures and growth management. Trustees adopt a budget which is necessary to maintain and operate the schools, levy taxes to support the budget and submit bond issues to the citizens of the district to finance construction projects. The board employs and evaluates the superintendent of schools, and selects and supervises the internal auditor.”

 

“To be elected to the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, a candidate must receive a plurality of votes, meaning more votes than any other candidate, except as otherwise provided by law.”

 

Candidates are elected at large, meaning that they do not represent specific geographic districts.  All voters in the school district vote in all races.  The candidates in contested races are listed in ballot order:

 

Place 1:

  • Lauren Tyra

  • Shafik Ben Guesmia

  • Semida Voicu

 

Place 2:

  • Dayna Oscherwitz

  • Ajikwaga Felli

  • Incumbent Angela Powell

 

Place 3:

  • Incumbent Nancy C. Humphrey

  • Lynn Walling

 

Place 6:

  • Marilyn Loughray

  • Incumbent Jeri Chambers

For more information about the school board election, visit the Plano ISD election web page.

 

Collin College Board of Trustees

 

Collin College is led by a nine-member, elected Board of Trustees along with the district president.  Board members serve six-year staggered terms and are not subject to term limits. 

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Candidates are elected at large, meaning that they do not represent specific geographic districts.  All voters in the county vote in all races.  The candidates in contested races are listed in ballot order:

 

Place 7:

  • Incumbent Jim Orr

  • Helen Chang

 

Place 8:

  • Misty Irby

  • Incumbent Dr. James Robert “Bob” Collins

 

Place 9:

  • Incumbent Andrew Hardin

  • Jacoby Stewart

For more information about the election, visit the Collin College Board Elections web page.

 

GARLAND MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

The mayor is elected at large, meaning that all voters in the city vote for the mayor.  All council districts are single-member districts.  You must live in the district to vote in that race.

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View the Garland City Council Districts map.

Candidates from the contested races are listed below:

 

Mayor: 

  • Incumbent Scott LeMay

  • Roel Garcia

 

District 1:

  • John Grimley

  • Angie Whitney

  • Jeff Bass

 

District 3:

  • Ed Moore

  • Angela Graham-West

  • PC Mathew

  • Vicki Jackson-High

 

For more information, visit the City of Garland Elections web page.

DALLAS CITY COUNCIL

 

All 14 council districts are single-member districts.  You must live in the district to vote in that race.

 

​There are 56 candidates vying for the 14 council seats.  A list of all candidates who filed is on the City of Dallas website.

 

View the Dallas City Council Districts map.

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CITY OF DALLAS SPECIAL CHARTER AMENDMENT ELECTION

Click here for ballot language for the amendment.

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