Local election returns


Flash staff report
May 4, 2024

Local city council and school elections wrapped up and there will be new faces joining incumbents while school district voters were against all possible bonds. 

In Stephenville, the city council had five seats up for election this year including Mayor, Place 2, Place 4, Place 6 and Place 8. Incumbents Doug Svien (Mayor) and David Baskett (Place 6), as well as, Gerald Cook (Place 2) all ran unopposed. 

Incumbent Bob Newby faced Dean Parr for the seat in Place 4. Parr defeated Newby, 456 votes to 272. While two citizens, Tina Virgin and Alan Nix, competed for Place 8. Nix, who has previous experience on the council, received 547 votes and Virgin received 209 votes.

Stephenville ISD voters chose new trustees for Place 1, Place 2, Place 3 and Place 4. 

Incumbents Chad Elms (Place 3) and Dr. Robert Barberee (Place 1) ran unopposed. Also unopposed was Douglas Young who ran for Place 4, replacing current board member, Ed Dittfurth, who did not run again. 

Place 2 had three candidates – Rita Cook, who received 472 votes; Rick Gann, 305 votes; and Magan Estill, who earned 348 votes. Cook will be the new board member in Place 2. 

In Dublin, the city council had three seats available and all were contested. Current mayor, David Leatherwood was challenged by John J. Staud, III. In Place 2, incumbent Orion Gallagher was challenged by Nancy Williams. And in Place 4, Tyson Lueck and Jacob McCullogh faced off. 

Leatherwood, who earned 120 votes, beat Staud, who received 62 votes, and will continue his tenure as Mayor. Gallagher, who received 79 votes, was defeated by Williams, who received 97 votes, for Place 2. And the new council member in Place 4 will be McCullogh, who earned 115 votes, while Lueck earned 62 votes. 

Several of the smaller school districts in Erath County held bond elections this year. Bluff Dale ISD, Huckabay ISD, Morgan Mill ISD and Three Way ISD all had bonds proposed to their voters and all were defeated.

All numbers are unofficial until they have been canvased and approved by the board and councils. 

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