The Denton City Council re-elected Pete Kamp as mayor pro tem in a special session Monday morning to canvass the June 23 runoff.
In proceedings sometimes touched with emotion, both Kamp and Mayor Mark Burroughs took the oath of office, accepted their certificates of election and made statements to supporters.
Kamp took the oath flanked by her parents and her husband, David Gosdin. During her remarks, she called his support “incredible, even when I was a little grouchy.”
After taking his oath surrounded by his wife, children and father-in-law, Burroughs alluded to the difficulties of the race in his remarks. Since the charter limits officials to three consecutive terms, the race could be Burroughs’ last for city office. Burroughs joked first that he could say what he thinks, now that he is free of re-election concerns, then said he thinks local politics needs more statesmanship.
“You have to develop a thick skin, which I have, but not for everything,” Burroughs said.
City Secretary Jennifer Walters read the final election results before the council canvassed the vote. In Place 5, Kamp had 2,268 votes to challenger David Zoltner’s 1,101 votes. For mayor, Burroughs had 2,505 votes to the 1,957 cast for his challenger, Neil Durrance. A total of 4,491 ballots were cast.
Kamp has been mayor pro tem since 2006. Council members Chris Watts and Kevin Roden were not present for the 11 a.m. meeting.
Most area cities do not have a deputy mayor to act on occasions of a mayor’s absence. Instead, town and city councils elect someone to serve pro tempore, or “for the time being.”
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