By Rodney K. Hays
The May general elections this year were good to incumbents. Both incumbents, Mark McGuire for PISD board of trustees place 1 and Mike Korbuly town council place 1, were re-elected to their seats.
McGuire collected 58 percent of the vote over challenger Melissa Randle.
"I would like to personally thank everyone who helped to support my re-election bid," McGuire said. "Several individuals played key roles in this effort, and I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you for your steadfast support. I also want to give a special thanks to my family, especially my wife Marci, for the patience, support, and words of encouragement – I could not have done it without you."
McGuire said the election process also helped him to discuss issues with voters while on the campaign trail. "This dialog will help to make me a better board member," he said. "Overall I feel that the people have spoken, and the results confirm that we are on the right track with the District. We have plenty of challenges ahead of us, and I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students, parents, and staff of Prosper ISD for the next three years.
"Most importantly I appreciate everyone who took the time to vote and have their voices heard," McGuire said.
Board seats held by Mary Lou Smith and Jim Bridges were also off for re-election this year. Both Smith and Bridges were unopposed in their races.
In the town council race, Korbuly held off challenger Jack Dixon while garnering 53 percent of the vote.
The mayor’s seat and council seat place 4 were also up for grabs this year. Both Mayor Ray Smith and councilman Meigs Miller run unopposed for their seats.
In other local races:
City of Celina — Geoge Kendrick won the council place 1 seat with 77 percent of the vote over Larry Berg.
Collin County Community College District Trustees — Jim Orr beat Buddy Minett and Adrian Rodriguez to win the place 4 seat on the board of trustees for the college system.
Andy Hardin beat Richard R. Anderson for the place 9 seat on the board of trustees.
City of Frisco — John Keating won the place 4 seat on the city council over Harold (Hal) Colvin.
City of Plano — Voters in Plano voted by a strong majority to allow package liquor sales in Plano. Almost 66 percent of the voters said yes to the measure to allow liquor stores to operate in the county.
Plano becomes just the third city to allow liquor stores, the other two are Anna and Lowry Crossing, which just approved liquor sales about a year ago.