Wilkinson re-elected as mayor in Frisco, council goes to Shaner, Burley, Sawyer
Mayor Gary Wilkinson won re-election on Tuesday night, April 5, after Frisco residents overwhelmingly selected him over two challengers for four more years in office.
A total of 665 votes were cast for mayor, and nearly 60 percent (382 votes) went to Wilkinson, the longtime town resident of 50 years. Town councilman Daniel C. Kibbie, Jr., took 27.22 percent (181 votes) of the electorate, while town councilwoman Kathleen Kennedy Bartz garnered 15.32 percent (102 votes).
In the town-council race, 1,640 total votes were talled among the nine candidates threw their names into the hat for three seats. Larry Sawyer, the only incumbent among the group, on council since 2008, won re-election in addition to decade-long resident Deborah Shaner and five-year Frisco resident Jessica Burley.
Shaner led all individuals for council votes, with 19.27 percent (316 votes) for the fire-protection engineer and member of the Frisco Planning Commission. Burley placed second with 17.74 percent (291 votes), and Sawyer with just better than 15 percent (249 votes).
“I’m just kind of giddy, and a little emotional,” said Shaner, reached by phone after the results and en route to Greco’s Pastaria for a celebratory beverage. “I’m so grateful and thankful to be here. I can’t wait to work for Frisco residents. The first thing I want to do is kind of take a step back and hear what everybody has to say and what the people want.”
“The weather didn’t cooperate,” said Burley, from the Boatyard American Grill on Main Street at her celebration party, “but I’m really excited. I feel like I’ve got a good support base to move forward and make Frisco a more sustainable place.”
The other vote-getters in the council race were: Rick Innken (11.95 percent), Donna Skupien (11.22 percent), Matti Wade (8.72 percent), Martin Allen (7.44 percent), Richard Nell (4.51 percent) and Chris Sorensen (3.96 percent).
Turnout for an election with just a mayoral and council seats on the line is typically between 400 and 500 votes. Nearly 700 of Frisco’s 1,958 active voter base either cast ballots by mail or came out in the snowy weather.
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