On Saturday, May 11, candidates and their support teams lined the east side of City Hall to greet voters, grill hot dogs, hand out water and generally enjoy a relaxing day under the shade of their canopies. Those stationed in the Miller Elementary School parking lot however were in a panic over learning that election officials inside were turning away Murphy voters and sending them to Southfork Mobile Home Park to vote.
Of the 10,164 registered voters in Murphy, a total of 1,270 either early-voted or voted on Saturday, representing a 12.5% turnout.
MAYOR – ERIC BARNA ELECTED
In the race for Mayor, Eric Barna (676 votes/59.25%) defeated current Mayor Pro-Tem John Daugherty (465 votes/40.75%). This is an unexpired term that Mayor Bret Baldwin did not complete.
PLACE 1 – OWAIS SIDDIQUI ELECTED
Place 1’s new face on Council will be Owais Siddiqui (626 votes/51.23%). He defeated incumbent Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Colleen Halbert (410 votes /33.55%) and new candidate Peter Hall (186 votes 15.22%).
PLACE 2 – BEN ST. CLAIR ELECTED
Two new candidates ran for Place 2 on Council and Ben St. Clair (629 votes/60.19%) defeated Eric Lopez (416 votes/39.81%).
PLACE 3 – SCOTT BRADLEY ELECTED
Two incumbents from other seats ran for the Place 3 unexpired one-year term. Scott Bradley (529 votes/52.17%) defeated Dave Brandon (485 votes/47.83%).
PLACE 4 – BETTY SPRAGGINS ELECTED
Betty Spraggins (729 votes/100%) ran unopposed and will serve at Place 4 on Council.
PLACE 6 – ROB THOMAS ELECTED
Place 6 also had two new candidates running for Council. Rob Thomas (569 votes/54.87%) defeated Natalie Montgomery (468 votes/45.13%).
PLACE 2 PISD SCHOOL BOARD – CARROLYN MOEBIUS
Murphy resident Carrolyn Moebius (7767 votes/47.81%) was successful in defeating three other candidates in her run for a second term on the Plano School District Board of Trustees. In that election 21,404 ballots were cast out of a possible 186,646 which reflected an 11.5% turnout.