Incumbents re-elected in Mansfield council, school board races

May 2, 2021
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By Amanda Rogers

Mansfield Record

The incumbents reigned in the May 1 Mansfield City Council and Mansfield ISD school board races.

All three council incumbents and one school board incumbent were re-elected for another three years, while another school board trustee incumbent will be in a run-off June 5. An unexpired term for school board also resulted in a run-off.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

On the school board, Place 1 Incumbent Michelle Newsom was re-elected for another term, receiving 10,568 votes (72 percent) to defeat Kenneth Chalk, who got 4,110 votes (28 percent).

Incumbent Desiree “Dez” Thomas and Yolanda McPherson will have a run-off for Place 2 after Thomas received 5,904 votes (39 percent) and McPherson received 4,393 (29 percent). Also in the race, Philip DeGroat received 3,003 votes (20 percent) and Theresa Okoro got 1,655 (11 percent).

For the final year of the unexpired term for Place 4, Keziah Valdes Farrar and Corinne Fiagome will be in a run-off. Farrar received 4,949 votes (36 percent) and Fiagome received 3,670 (26 percent). Also in the race, Meagan Sutton received 1,877 votes (14 percent), Christine F. Beason received 1,133 (8 percent), Brad Crane got 1,000 (7 percent), Kevin Robedee received 712 (5 percent) and Denise Lunski got 573 (4 percent).

The run-off election for the two school board seats will be held June 5 with early voting May 24-June 1.

On the city council, incumbents Mike Leyman (Place 3), Casey Lewis (Place 4) and Julie Short (Place 5) were re-elected for second three-year terms.

Leyman received 3,933 votes (55.82 percent) to defeat George Fassett, who received 2,325 votes (33 percent), and Eddie Allen Chatman, who got 788 votes (11.18 percent).

Lewis received 4,325 votes (62.58 percent) to defeat Houston Mitchell, who received 1,010 (14.61 percent), Vaughan Wynne-Jones, who received 928 (13.43 percent), and David Klein, who got 648 (9.38 percent).

Short received 4,359 votes (60.95 percent) to defeat Christie K. Moore, who received 2,793 (39.05 percent).

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