Thank you to everyone who took the time to go out and vote in the Rowlett city election, either via early voting or yesterday, on election day. A big congratulations to my friend and neighbor, Michael Gallops, for winning a second term in his race for council Place 6 by a healthy margin (approximately 60% to 40%).
Congratulations, too, to Todd Gottel (who ran unopposed), Tammy Dana-Bashian and Debby Bobbit, who captured the seats of Mayor, Place 2 and Place 4, respectively.
All four propositions on the ballot which make changes to the city charter were approved by the voters, bringing our charter into compliance with state law and simplifying the process of recall of a council member so that while it’s still not easy (and shouldn’t be – no elected official should have to live in fear of losing his/her office at the whim of a handful of angry citizens), it is no longer virtually impossible to accomplish when a large contingent of the voters decide it’s the necessary course of action.
It’s sad that in a municipality with a population of more than 55,000, only slightly over 1100 exercised their right and responsibility to have a say in the governance of our city. The good news is that we had many dedicated people who were willing to put in the time and effort to run for the vastly undercompensated and under appreciated position of city council member, and we now have a new council that is set to work together for the good of the city and citizens in the upcoming years.