History may tell us that the turnout for runoff elections is usually low, but we’re hoping voters will ignore past trends and go to the polls yet again to help decide the outcome of key city races in Denton, Little Elm and Argyle.
Runoff election day is Saturday, June 23, and early voting begins Monday in all races.
In Denton, both the Place 5 City Council and the mayoral races will be decided by the runoff. Incumbent Mayor Mark Burroughs and challenger Neil Durrance are vying for the mayor’s job, and the Place 5 runoff features incumbent council member Pete Kamp and challenger David Zoltner.
Argyle voters will get a second chance to decide between council incumbent Jackie Thomas and challenger Joan Delashaw for the Place 3 seat, after each candidate received 320 votes in the May 12 election, and a June 23 runoff in Little Elm will also decide key races.
Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips said he is hopeful that interest in the Denton mayoral race will drive up the number of voters casting ballots in the runoff election.
“Local government has a strong impact on most people’s lives, so this is their opportunity to have a say,” Phillips told us. “I’m hopeful the voters will take advantage of this chance to pick their local leaders.”
We couldn’t agree more, and we encourage all voters to go to the polls. You’ll have several opportunities to participate in the runoff election, thanks to an early voting schedule that covers eight days.
Hours for early voting by personal appearance will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 18, and Tuesday, June 19.
The Denton County Elections Administration has established three polling locations for the runoff election:
- Joseph A. Carroll Administration Building, 401 W. Hickory St., in Denton
- Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.
- Little Elm Town Hall Center, 100 W. Eldorado Parkway
Registered voters who are eligible to vote in the June 23 runoff election may cast a ballot at any of the early voting locations, officials said. On June 23, however, polling locations will be assigned by precinct. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.
For more information, call 940-349-3200 or visit www.elections.dentoncounty.com.
We realize that school is out and summer vacation time is at hand, but if you are eligible to vote in any of the runoff elections planned for June 23, please make every effort to do so.
Don’t let someone else have the final say in who will fill these key city leadership positions.