The 2019 municipal election results are in for Heath, Fate and McLendon-Chisholm, of which the latter two have experienced significant shake-ups in their city governments.
The Rockwall County Elections Office reported at 8:05 p.m., with all precincts reporting, that Burger had received 386 of 675, or 57.2 percent of the 675 total votes cast in the mayoral election. Megyesi received 289, or 42.8 percent of the votes.
Burger sent the following statement to the Herald-Banner shortly after unofficial final results were published.
"I am honored to have been elected Mayor of Fate today. (Lorne) Megyesi has worked hard to improve the City of Fate for 5 years and I will work hard to move us forward. I hope that the next three years are something that our community can be proud of! Thank you to so many people that helped in my campaign. I appreciate every one of you!"
Megyesi, who will be leading his last council meeting on May 6, thanked the residents of Fate who allowed him to lead the city. Burger will be sworn in on May 13 after votes are canvassed.
"I want to wish (Burger) the best as he leads the City of Fate in its new journey. It has been my pleasure for the past five years to lead this city into a direction that it can grow from," Megyesi said. "I truly wish the City of Fate will grow to its fullest potential.”
John Hamilton also defeated John Brandt for place 6 on the Fate City Council with 62.7 percent, or 385 of the 614 votes cast in the city council election. Brandt received 229, or 37.3 percent of the votes.
Fate residents also voted to pass all but one of the propositions on the ballot including amendments "H" and "I" which gives the City Council the power to investigate and reorganize city departments. All the propositions were passed by significant margins.
Proposition F, the rejected measure, failed by a vote of 78.5 percent to 21.4 percent. The measure would have lowered the city's minimum age limit to be on the city council to 18.
Frank New, Paul Ruffo and Brent Weaver were running unopposed and were elected, by default, to places 1, 2 and 4 on Heath City Council.
In the Council, Place 6 race, incumbent Mayor Pro Tempore Rich Krause defeated challenger Johnny Myers with a 66.8 percent to 33.2 percent margin.
Heath’s voter turnout was 1,021 voters from among 6,700 registered.
McLendon-Chisholm experienced yet another dramatic shift in the composition of its City Council, as incumbents Scott Turnbull and Adrienne Balkum, Places 3 and 5, were defeated by newcomers to city politics Trudy Woessner and William Dahl, respectively. Woessner won with 65.2 percent of the votes cast and Dahl won with 63.6 percent.
Balkum posted a live stream video to Facebook conceding the election to Dahl, saying that she believes the results indicate that the results are indicative of an uninformed voter roll.
“I know, based on looking at the voter registration… there was a considerable amount of people that were new, that had no idea of the history,” Balkum said. “They were just informed with whatever information was thrown at them.”
Lorna Kipphut also managed to edge out fellow veteran and opponent David Day for City Council Place 1.
“I’m honored to serve and excited to give back to the citizens with the respect they deserve and forge the future of tomorrow,” Kipphut told the Herald-Banner upon learning of her victory. “I look forward to working closely with the mayor, current sitting council members and the newly elected officials of McLendon-Chisholm. Rockwall County is a tremendous place to live, work and play with many opportunities to come in the very near future.”
An earlier report incorrectly stated the total number of votes Joe Burger received. The report has been edited to show the correct number. We regret the error.