Mansfield News

Gallagher wins school board runoff

Daniel Gallagher
Daniel Gallagher

After a eight-month vacancy, it looks like the Mansfield school board will have a full school board.

With all three Tarrant County precincts reporting Tuesday night, Daniel Gallagher, 47, defeated Dora Tovar, 52, in the runoff race for Place 6. The seat was left empty when Danny Baas resigned in April, citing personal reasons. Gallagher will serve the final 18 months of Baas’ three-year term, which ends May 2017.

Gallagher, director of elementary services for the Eagle Mountain/Saginaw school district, received 680 votes or 67.66 percent, while Tovar, president of Tovar Public Relations, received 325 votes or 32.34 percent.

The results of the election are unofficial until the votes are canvassed. The newest board member will be sworn into office at the Dec. 15 school board meeting at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts.

Gallagher,Tovar, Franklin Roberts and Jaimie Palmer competed for the seat in the Nov. 3 election, but no candidate received 50 percent of the vote so a runoff election was needed.