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4 Tarrant County cities fill seats left open after general election

dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Forest Hill voted to elect Gerald Joubert as mayor and chose a new city council member Saturday, while Arlington, Saginaw and River Oaks elected one new city council member each.

None of the candidates in these races were able to collect at least 50 percent of the vote in the regular May 4 election, forcing runoff elections.

Joubert, a former Forest Hill mayor and city councilman, beat out Lyndia Thomas in Saturday night’s runoff, with 60.93% of the vote to 39.07%, according to the Tarrant County Elections Department. The election drew 10% of voters to the polls.

Results from the election are not final until provisional ballots have been reviewed by the Tarrant County Elections Department.

Joubert led the field of four mayoral candidates in the general election May 4 with 35.29% of the vote. Thomas, who resigned the mayorship earlier this year, followed with 27.2%.

Thomas and Mayor pro tem Beckie Duncan Hayes resigned and filed for reelection on the same day. They were accused of misusing city funds when they were reimbursed for $545 tickets to see Michelle Obama at a book tour event. If voted out by the city council for a violation they would have to wait three years before they could run for office again, they said in their resignations.

In the city council race in Forest Hill, Clara Faulkner defeated S. Eric Robinson, earning 67.89% percent to 32.11%.



In Arlington, Ignacio Nunez defeated Andy Prior in the race for City Council District 5 by 183 votes, 58.39% to 41.61% according to the Tarrant County Elections Department, with 4.52% of registered voters casting ballots.

Nunez collected 45.58% in the general election.

In Saginaw, Chuck E. Beasley edged Shawn Morrison by one vote (50.37% to 49.63%) for City Council Place 1, according to Tarrant County Elections. Results are not final until they are canvassed by the Tarrant Elections Department and provisional ballots are reviewed. Saginaw had a 1.01% voter turnout with 135 ballots cast.

John Claridge defeated JoAnn Butler for River Oaks City Council Place 1 by eight votes (51.15% to 48.85%), with 100% of precincts reporting. River Oaks reported that 8.1% of registered voters turned out.

These votes are not final until the Tarrant County Elections Department reviews provisional and absentee ballots. This story will be updated to reflect more recent results.

James Hartley is the Arlington city government reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is passionate about local politics, true stories, movies and baseball. He has worked for the Tyler Morning Telegraph, D Magazine and the Dallas Observer. You can connect with James on Twitter @ByJamesHartley or Instagram @JamesTakesPhotos. Want reporters like James to help you stay informed about your community? You can help the Star-Telegram continue to offer great local, political, sports and culture news by purchasing a digital or print subscription today.
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