Arlington mayor and council members re-elected by large margins

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Mayor Robert Cluck and the other three City Council members facing challengers easily won re-election Saturday.

Cluck, who serves as vice president for medical affairs at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, secured a sixth two-year term as mayor. Cluck, first elected to mayor in 2003, garnered 73.24 percent of the vote, according to incomplete early returns.

Cluck’s opponents, massage therapist Chris Dobson and retired economist Jerry Pikulinski, had 8.05 percent and 18.72 percent, respectively.

“We wouldn’t have won by these margins had there not been satisfaction” among the voters, Cluck said. “It also showed people don’t like negative campaigns. It doesn’t work in Arlington. It’s never been popular.”

Cluck was refering to robocalls and emails leading up to the election that negatively portrayed District 8 Councilman Michael Glaspie as well as complaints filed by two challengers Thursday against all four council members in contested races.

Joe McHaney, a District 8 candidate, filed a complaint with the city attorney’s office against Cluck for improperly using the city of Arlington logo in violation of city ordinance in a recent political mailer. He also filed a complaint against Glaspie for using the city logo in a campaign email last year.

Pikulinski filed complaints Thursday against Cluck, Glaspie, District 5 Councilwoman Lana Wolff and District 4 Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon, also over content in campaign mailers.

In the District 4 race, Wilemon was defeating challenger Daniel Wood with 76.38 percent of the vote, according to incomplete returns. Wood, a medical equipment technician, made his first run for public office this year in an attempt to unseat Wilemon, a community volunteer who has represented west Arlington since 2003. He earned 23.62 percent of the vote.

Wolff captured 69.58 percent of the vote over challenger Christopher McCain, who won 30.42 percent. Wolff, a community volunteer, has served on council since 2003. McCain also challenged Wolff for the east-central Arlington seat in 2011.

Listening to concerns from her constituents, Wolff said she will continue to push for infrastructure improvements, for redevelopment opportunities and to clean up nuisance properties.

“I heard very affirmative comments on the direction the city is going,” Wolff said.

Glaspie, an education minister at Mount Olive Baptist Church, was winning with 65.95 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Glaspie served 17 years on the Arlington school board before being elected last May to fill the late Councilman Gene Patrick’s unexpired term.

Glaspie’s challengers, McHaney, an environmental consultant, and retired city employee Richard Weber, got 14.11 percent and 19.94 percent of the votes respectively, according to incomplete returns.

District 3 Councilman Robert Rivera ran unopposed.

Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639 Twitter: @susanschrock

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