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Dish, Double Oak to canvass election results Monday

This story was corrected to say that Mike Donnelly ran unopposed for the Double Oak mayoral seat. 


The councils in the towns of Dish and Double Oak will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to canvass results from the May 6 election and swear in elected officials.

The contested race for mayor in Dish was tight and decided by four votes, according to unofficial election returns. Dish Mayor Bill Sciscoe squeaked out a re-election victory by a narrow margin, earning 61 votes — 51.69 percent  — compared to his opponent, James Bradshaw, who received 57 votes — 48.31 percent. Former Mayor L.E. Clark, whose name was also on the ballot, bowed out of the race and endorsed Bradshaw. Clark received no votes in the May 6 race.

As of Thursday, the returns had not been challenged, according to a town official and county election Administrator Frank Phillips.

Wester Draper ran unopposed for a Dish commissioner seat, garnering 86 votes.

Dish, a town of just over 300 residents, is southwest of Denton between Justin and Ponder.

In Double Oak, voters were asked to choose two of three candidates for seats on the council. Scott Whisenhunt finished with 194 votes. A total of 120 voters re-elected Mayor Pro Tem Steve Durbin, who died in March, to the council, edging out Ara Minassian by three votes.

Durbin's name was not removed from the May 6 ballot because his death, which happened suddenly March 19, occurred after the deadline for omitting his name from ballots. Texas Election Code states that a name may only be omitted if a candidate dies on or before the 74th day before an election.

Mike Donnelly ran unopposed for the mayor's seat in Double Oak.

Phillips said the town has advised the elections administration that the council intends to appoint someone to fill Durbin's vacant seat.

In addition to canvassing election results and swearing in officials, the town of Double Oak will pay tribute to Durbin on Monday. Just outside town hall is a memorial park with a park bench and engraved stones to remember prominent residents who have died. On Monday, a stone engraved with Durbin's name will be laid.

Double Oak is a town of 3,000 residents located south of Denton between Bartonville and Flower Mound.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.