Maso wins first council term

Mayor gets third term in Frisco. Incumbent in Wylie faces June 3 runoff

By Curtis Howell and Sandy Louey / The Dallas Morning News

Voters went to the polls Saturday to settle a variety of city council and school board races in Collin County.

The mayors of Frisco and Wylie faced familiar challengers. City council seats were up for grabs in Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Wylie. There were school board races in Allen and Wylie, and a contest for a seat on the Collin County Community College District board of trustees.

Frisco Mayor Kathy Seei , 50, handily won her race for a third term over former City Council member and accountant Jim Robel, 70. Ms. Seei could not be reached for comment when the final results were tabulated.

Earlier, Ms. Seei said the campaign had been low-key compared with past years. “There hasn’t been much hoopla and that’s fine with me. I’m glad it hasn’t been upsetting anybody.”

Mr. Robel, a CPA, had said that tax season and a recent illness left him with little time to campaign.

In the three contested Frisco council races, incumbent Place 2 council member Barbara Carpenter, 57, lost a close race to former council member and planning and zoning commission member Michael Osuna, 43.

In Place 4, the seat vacated earlier by Brett Carson, Maher Maso, 36, eked out a win over former council member Buddy Minett, 44.

Place 6 was a three-way race between John Hamilton Jr., 32, John Andrews, 57, and Mike Simpson, 59.

But Mr. Simpson won easily and avoided a runoff.

Throughout the campaign, Mr. Andrews was the only candidate who favored retaining the Frisco airport as an aviation operation. The rest of the candidates and the seated council have strongly supported buying the property and removing airport uses from the zoning.

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