Hudspeth defeats Briggs in Denton mayoral runoff | Election 2020

Gerard Hudspeth, a two-term Denton Metropolis Council member, gained the runoff Tuesday in opposition to Keely Briggs to develop into town’s first Black mayor.

In unofficial returns, he obtained 53% of the vote. He’ll serve in a two 12 months time period and shall be sworn in Dec. 17 with different new council members.

“I’m simply taking it in tonight and hanging out with household,” Hudspeth mentioned. “I’m tremendous excited to have it over. Clearly, I’m thrilled with the outcomes and the belief residents [have]. Mayor [Chris] Watts guided us up to now, and I’m grateful to comply with him. My plan is to speak to town supervisor tomorrow and get to work.”

A litigation marketing consultant, Hudspeth left the Metropolis Council on Nov. 17 after Birdia Johnson was elected to interchange him in District 1. Briggs, a neighborhood volunteer, was in her third time period because the District 2 council member.

A person who answered Briggs’ residence telephone Tuesday evening mentioned she had no remark aside from to congratulate Hudspeth on his victory.

A Denton native, Hudspeth obtained 8,440 votes, whereas Briggs garnered 7,430 votes.

Briggs stopped accepting marketing campaign contributions with every week left earlier than her runoff election in opposition to Hudspeth, encouraging her supporters to donate to native nonprofits as an alternative. On her marketing campaign Fb web page, she famous that Hudspeth raised about $100,000 this 12 months in his run for mayor, together with greater than $33,000 throughout the newest submitting interval, Oct. 25-Nov. 25.

“In the meantime, we rallied to lift simply over $9,000 from 171 particular person contributions which overwhelmingly (99%) got here from native donations from buddies, household, and neighbors,” Briggs wrote. “As with [Hudspeth’s] earlier fundraising, a lot of this cash (over $26,000 from 27 of his 50 particular person donations — almost 80% of his funding), is coming from business PAC and huge particular person contributions from outdoors of our metropolis.”

Hudspeth obtained 14 donations of $1,000 apiece for the most recent submitting interval for marketing campaign finance stories. He obtained two donations of $2,000, and the Condominium Affiliation of Larger Dallas contributed $5,000.

“The numbers are the numbers, however I learn them slightly totally different,” Hudspeth mentioned on the time. “Until you do an evaluation of each greenback that is available in, you’re skewing the load in opposition to me. If you’re concentrating on the bigger greenback quantity, I don’t assume that’s truthful.”

And that’s as a result of, Hudspeth mentioned, he believes that most of the massive donations to his marketing campaign are from donors who’re “involved” about earlier votes from Denton Metropolis Council members, together with Briggs and at-large Place 6 member Paul Meltzer, on actual property initiatives and improvement points.

“I respect the truth that as a candidate, I’ve the requisite steadiness of private property versus public well being versus progress, and I’ve proven the flexibility to steadiness these pursuits and never focus alone ideology,” Hudspeth mentioned. “Builders perceive that and respect that.”

Different massive donors included relations and buddies in Texas and elsewhere, he mentioned.

PAUL BRYANT will be reached at 940-566-6881 and way of Twitter at @paulbryant_DRC.

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