Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams wins big over three challengers; Roxanne Thalman loses

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams easily won re-election Saturday over three challengers and vowed to do as much as possible in his last term.

The passage of term limits in November means this was the last time Williams can run for mayor.

“I’m going to work as hard as I can and as quick as I can in the next two years,” Williams said. “We’ve got a lot to get done.”

With 28 of 28 precincts reporting, Williams had 59% of the vote, while Ruby Faye Woolridge, a retired educator, had 26%, Ashton Stauffer, owner of Jambo’s Barbecue Shack in Pantego, had 10% and Chris Dobson had 5%.

Arriving to a jubilant crowd at his watch party at J. Gilligan’s in Arlington, Williams said voters rejected the divisive message of some of his challengers.

“This is a place that’s welcoming,” Williams said. “This is a place that’s making a difference. This is a place that’s moving ahead — not declining.”

With term limits in place, Arlington voters suddenly had a plethora of choices in this year’s municipal elections.

Seventeen candidates competed for mayor and four City Council seats.

District 3

District 3 councilwoman Roxanne Thalman lost to challenger Marvin Sutton with seven of seven precincts reporting in unofficial returns. Sutton had 52% while Thalman finished with 48%.

District 3 is bounded by Matlock Road on the West, Pioneer Parkway on the north and includes part of the Interstate 20 business corridor.

Thalman had touted public safety and road improvements as key issues while Sutton listed transportation, aging, infrastructure, property taxes and property crimes as key issues.

District 4

Three candidates ran to replace incumbent Kathryn Wilemon, who could not seek re-election because of term limits.

District 4 covers western Arlington, primarily between Interstate 30 and Interstate 20.

In unofficial returns with five of five precincts reporting, Andrew Piel finished with 57% defeating Cyndi Golden with 26% and Teresa Rushing with 17%.

District 5

Four candidates sought to succeed incumbent Lana Wolff, who could not seek re-election because of term limits.

District 5 covers a large part of central Arlington, including downtown and the UT Arlington.

With all precincts reporting, Ignacio Nunez led with 46%, Andy Prior had 19%, Celia Morgan had 18 percent and Kennedy Jones had just under 18%. Prior finished with 28 more votes than Morgan and 32 more votes than Jones.

Nunez, needed more than 50% to avoid a runoff. Barring a recount, he will face Prior in a runoff.

District 8

Four candidates were running to replace Michael Glaspie, who could not run again because of term limits. District 8 is an at-large seat.

With 28 of 28 precincts reporting, Barbara Odom-Wesley, daughter of former mayor Elzie Odom, cruised to victory with 62% while Robert Harris had 19%, Donald Warner had 11% and Joshua Taylor had 8%.

Staff writer Bud Kennedy contributed to this report.

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