Argyle Mayor Peggy Krueger and two council incumbents were ousted from the Town Council on Saturday.
Donald G. Moser defeated Krueger, who was seeking a third term leading the town. According to unofficial election returns released by the Denton County Elections Administration, Moser, a 51-year-old forensic fire investigator, earned 62.3 percent of the vote to become the town's next mayor.
During the campaign, Moser told the Denton Record-Chronicle that the issues he would tackle are Argyle's rapid growth and lack of supporting infrastructure, and increased communication and transparency between the council and residents.
"We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the citizens in our town for not only the votes, but we had many, many citizens that actively helped campaigned for us and get the word out on our platform," Moser said.
"Initially what we want to try to do is increase transparency and the flow of information to citizens, and most of all, this is not our individual victory, it is a victory for the whole town," he said. "We feel like the town has definitely spoken with the number of votes that they cast for all of us — myself, Todd Mankin and Ron Schmidt." Mankin and Ronald H. Schmidt ousted two incumbents from the council with their wins.
Krueger, a 59-year-old loan officer, said during her campaign that improving roads and providing services for youth, such as parks, were her top issues. She also promised to "refine ... future land uses in order to reduce residential density, making sure we never lose the charm, yet allowing the commercial and retail opportunities to blossom."
Kruger said she loved her time serving as mayor and called it an honor to have served the town as mayor and councilwoman for five years. She also extended well wishes to her opponent.
"Argyle spoke, and they spoke loud and clear," Krueger said. "I congratulate Don Moser.
"I lost. He won, and I congratulate him."
In Argyle's Place 2 race, Schmidt garnered nearly 71 percent of votes to defeat incumbent Kay J. Teer, while in Place 4, Mankin received nearly 62 percent of the vote to oust Jay Hayes from council.
The contested race for mayor in Dish was tight, with only three votes dividing the two top vote-getters. According to unofficial returns, Dish Mayor Bill Sciscoe had a narrow edge with 60 votes — 51.3 percent — compared to his opponent James Bradshaw's 57 votes, or 48.7 percent. Former Mayor L.E. Clark, whose name was also on the ballot, had bowed out of the race and endorsed Bradshaw. Clark received no votes in Saturday's race.
In the county
Across Denton County, Saturday's ballots included a dozen mayoral races, multiple city council and school board races, bond referendums in five school districts, and propositions in seven cities and towns.
While multiple council members retained their seats in cities and towns across the county, voters elected new members to seats left vacant and ousted some incumbents from their posts.
On Saturday, 12,834 registered voters across Denton County made their way to the polls to cast ballots in person, according to Frank Phillips, county elections administrator. During the eight-day early voting period, 26,887 residents voted in-person, and 378 cast ballots by mail.
There are more than 418,000 registered voters in the county who were eligible to vote in Saturday's local elections, and of those, 9.6 percent voted, according to elections officials.
This was the county's first substantial election since the November general election. Last fall, multiple election problems led to three recalculations of the votes, an independent review by the Texas secretary of state and the ouster of the previous elections administrator. County commissioners are still awaiting the report detailing the review's findings.
The election process this go-round appeared to run smoothly, according to Phillips.
"I am very happy with the way the election was conducted," he said. "This was our first big election since November and gave us the opportunity to test our new procedures, demonstrate that our equipment functions properly and restore the public trust."
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.