UPDATED: Moore to take mayor's seat, area election results

Megan Gray Hatfield Register Staff Writer, Gainesville Daily Register, Texas
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May 4—Tommy Moore is about to take the mayor's seat in the city of Gainesville.

Moore, who is Ward 5 councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, beat challenger Angela Williams Saturday, May 1. Moore received 469 votes compared to Williams' 90 votes, according to total unofficial Election Day results from the city.

"I'm just really excited," Moore said shortly after learning he won.

He said he was grateful for a good, clean race between him and his opponent.

Moore, who was celebrating at his watch party at The Red Fox Lounge in downtown Gainesville, also said he's campaigned on a track record of being able to lead and is thankful voters saw "experience matters."

"I'm really overwhelmed and very humbled by the opportunity," Moore said. " ... I'm grateful to have some positive results for our campaign tonight [Saturday, May, 1] and thankful I'm going to be the next mayor of Gainesville."

Williams said she thinks the race went fair and she believes the community needs to come together.

"I'm thinking about running again in two years," Williams said. " ... Just look out for things that I plan on doing. I'm still going to do stuff for the community and build up the community in Gainesville."

Moore has served on the city council representing Ward 5 since 2016. Council members will appoint someone to fill the remainder of his term, City Secretary Diana Alcala previously told the Register.

In Ward 2, Brandon Eberhart maintained his seat against challenger Justin Thompson. Eberhart garnered 62 votes compared to Thompson's 14, unofficial tallies indicate.

Another item on Saturday's ballot was a question asking voters if the city should abandon Sesquicentennial Park. The measure passed 400 to 143.

The vote will allow the city to build a new Gainesville Fire-Rescue Station No. 2 on the property which is bounded by Clements, Broadway, Ritchey and Gribble streets. Currently, Station No. 2 is located on the other half of the block at 200 N. Clements St.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. Canvassing for the city's election is expected to take place today, Tuesday, May 4, during the city's regularly scheduled council meeting. City council meets at 6:30 p.m. inside the Municipal Building, 200 S. Rusk St.

Final unofficial results for area races are as follows:

—(I) means incumbent

—All results are unofficial until canvassed

City of Gainesville

Mayor

Tommy Moore (I) 469

Angela Williams 90

Ward 2

Brandon Eberhart (I) 62

Justin Thompson 14

Park abandonment question to make way for new Fire Station No. 2

For abandonment: 400

Against abandonment: 143

Gainesville Independent School District

Place 4

Nathan Dempsey (I) 364

Joel Najera 69

Place 5

Brad Cox (I) 347

Lenny Guillory 93

Road Runner

Seat 3

Antonia Bartram (I) 42

David Norris 22

Seat 5

Jennifer Allen (I) 34

Lloyd M. Wall Sr .23

Tyler Gerwolls 7

Seat 4 (one year term)

Stanley Rose 12

Angel Walker 45

Valley View Independent School District

Seat 7

Alan Kassen: 32

Sara Glascock: 45