Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Mark Clayton: Photo by Danny Fulgencio

In a race that seemed destined for a run-off, Mark Clayton won a clear and convincing victory in the District 9 City Council race on Saturday.  With five candidates in the contest, several with strong community service resumes, the math and local political pundits pointed to a run-off.  With 100 percent of the votes counted, Clayton totaled 57.9 percent for an impressive 32 point win. His four opponents and their vote totals were as Darren Boruff (25.8 percent), Christopher Jackson (9.8 percent), Sam Merten (4.9 percent) and Will Logg (1.6 percent). Clayton’s win marks a generational and geographic change for District 9 that The Advocate will report on in later post-election coverage.

In neighboring District 10, Paul Reyes and Adam McGough will return to the campaign trail until June 13, when they face each other in a run-off. Reyes won a plurality with 40.9 percent, with McGough earning 36.4 percent of the vote. James White finished third with 22.8 percent. This run-off will be interesting to watch as Reyes and McGough are similar in ages, professions and families. Both have previous political experience and are supported by prior District 10 councilmen. Will White make an endorsement? Who will get out their vote on run-off day when turnout will almost certainly be light?

Citywide, Mayor Mike Rawlings won another term with 73 percent of the vote over Marcos Ronquillo.

In DISD elections, Edwin Flores returns to the DISD Board after several years away, beating Kyle Renard 59.7-40.3 percent.  Bernadette Nutall won another term with a win in a close race over Damarcus Offord, 53.7-46.3 percent, and Dan Micciche returns with a big win over opponent David Lewis, 71.8-28.2 percent.

More post-election coverage coming …

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