Local election results


Flash Staff Report

ERATH COUNTY (May 6, 2017) – It was an interesting night for local elections with incumbents claiming all of the spots in the Stephenville CIty Council elections and Dublin ISD’s bond falling for a third time.

In Stephenville, Place 1 was taken by Mark McClinton (454 votes) over Nick Robinson (424 votes); Place 3 was won by Doug Svien (516) over Mandy McGee (368); Place 5 was Rhett Harrison (581) over Walter Wood (288) and Place 7 was taken by Sherry Zachery (474) over David Baskett (415).

Svien said he was pleased with the results of the election and excited to begin another chapter with the Stephenville City Council. Zachery, who was celebrating with Svien, Harrison and others at a local watch party, said she too was pleased with the election results.

“I’m pleased with the returns, yes, and I’m so excited to be working with the council and for the people in our community for another term,” she said Saturday evening. “I want to thank everyone who came out and supported me with their vote. I look forward to serving them and everyone in Stephenville for the next few years.”

Harrison echoed her sentiments with his own statement.

“I would like to sincerely thank the voters that supported me and put their faith in me to serve the citizens another term,” Harrison said of the election. “I pledge to maintain my conservative values by working to lower taxes, eliminate waste and strive for a citizen oriented government with a common sense approach.”


Dublin school officials once again were told no by school district voters on a $10.8 million bond they have presented for three consecutive elections. The bond failed this time by more than 64 percent of the voters. Votes against the measure were 408, while there were 224 for the bond.

“It is unfortunate the bond failed because the need to address these safety concerns has not been eliminated. I want to assure the Dublin students, parents, staff, businesses and community that the Board and I will remain diligent and proactive in seeking out ways to provide Dublin children with the safe and versatile facilities they deserve,” Dublin ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Schneider said following the election. “I also want to reiterate what I have been saying for the past couple of weeks. Although the outcome of today’s election, was not what many people had hoped, Dublin had already won  because our community faced one of the most sensitive and difficult topics (taxes) with class and composure.  We won because we dealt with this sensitive subject matter with thoughtful and intelligent discourse as well as positive civil rhetoric and attitudes.  I am so  very proud of our community.  I am so  very proud of our school district, kids, teachers, staff, and administrators because we have overcome so much to become such a catalyst and positive force in the growth and development of our community.  We won because I am confident that despite the negative outcome of today’s election, the positive growth in our school and community will continue unhindered.  I want to thank all of the organizations, businesses, and people involved in promoting the bond for their hard work and commitment to the children of Dublin. It is a great day to be a Dublin Lion and living in the great community of Dublin, Texas.”

Dublin City Council seats will see some new faces with Lee Jones (66 votes) taking over Ward 2, beating Marilyn Lovelace (26 votes). The former council member in the seat, Melvin “Mac” McMullen, stated before the election, he would not seek re-election.

Incumbent John Johnson, representing Ward 1, received 88 votes, beating out challengers Rosemary Enhorabuena (33 votes) and Gary Grose (16 votes). In Ward 3, a former council member is returning with Tommy Sperry beating out Sarah McCann for Ward 3 by one vote. Sperry had 13, McCann 12, other challengers Shawn Nichols had 3, Roxana Lopez 5 and Julio Lopez had none.


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