Mansfield News

Gallagher, Tovar square off in runoff


Early voting continues this week in the runoff race for Mansfield school board Place 6.

Daniel Gallagher, Dora Tovar, Franklin Roberts and Jaimie Palmer competed for the seat, which was left vacant after Danny Baas resigned in April. The unexpired term will run through May 2017.

None of the candidates received 50 percent or more of the votes in the Nov. 3 election, so a runoff between Gallagher and Tovar is set for Dec. 8 with early voting through Dec. 4.

Gallagher, 47, director of elementary services for the Eagle Mountain/Saginaw school district, received 33.10 percent of the vote, while Tovar, 52, president of Tovar Public Relations, took 23.59 percent.

The first election, which also included seven statewide propositions, drew 5,544 voters. Retired teacher Roberts, 68, had 21.02 percent and Palmer, 50, a special education teacher in Mesquite, received 13.69 percent. Ronnie Goines, a local pastor who withdrew from the race too late to be removed from the ballot, received 8.6 percent of the vote.

The Mansfield Sub-courthouse, 1100 E. Broad St., and Precinct 3 Maintenance Facility, 10420 E. FM 917 in Alvarado, will be open for early voting from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

On Election Day on Dec. 8, polls will be open from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. at the Mansfield Sub-courthouse, Precinct 3 Maintenance Facility, Anna May Daulton Elementary, 2607 N. Grand Peninsula Drive in Grand Prairie, and Kenneth Davis Elementary, 900 Eden Road in Arlington.

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