Rowlett Texas – Kudos and Criticisms
First and foremost, I want to share some GREAT NEWS with my readers.
Congratulations are in order for Doug Phillips and Chris Kilgore regarding their wins in the race for Rowlett City Council.
Yesterday was election day for Rowlett and I think you all know of the troubles we had with our former Mayor, his denigration of the Council, City Manager and City Secretary and how Friday night he once again reared his delusional head in an attempt to bring further discord and disruption to our GREAT City, Former Mayor John Harper vs The World — Part XII.
John Harper, the former Hizzoner, now known locally as ‘Hizzoner the Piss-ant’, has failed in his efforts once again.
Chris Kilgore, running for Council Member Place 5, was re-elected to the Council with 63.24% of the vote. In the race for Council Member Place 1 Doug Phillips was re-elected with 59.94% of votes cast.
City Council Place 3 has shaped up to be a runoff between my friend, neighbor and all around good guy, Ron Miller, and current Council member Patrick Jackson. Miller was able to garner 38.35% of all votes cast. Jackson received 34.84% of the votes in a race that was split 3 ways by the entry of Carl Pankratz, an Attorney at Republic Title.
Pankratz had a dismal 3rd place finish (26.80%) in a race that only pays WIN. Place and show don’t count.
Some of you may remember this story, The Demise of the Rowlett TEA Party, it was posted last Friday, May 6th. In it, the Rowlett TEA Party actually called for Rowlett citizens to NOT vote in the race for City Council, Place 3. Somehow, in their skewed mind, a 3 way race, in which they, The TEA Party, didn’t get their questions answered in a manner that they believed to be satisfactory, was beneath their endorsement or vote.
More importantly, the Place 3 race was the target of a SLAM against the City of Rowlett itself when the TEA Party, by their recommendation to citizens to sit out that particular race, sought to disrupt the electoral process, an effort that was brought to light recently when a TEA Party official wanted to launch a campaign where TEA Party members filed for Council positions, many TEA Party members filing for Council positions, with no intention of actually running, done only in an attempt to ‘muddy the waters’ and bring about as much local disruption as possible.
All things considered, it’s possible the recent issues Rowlett had with our deposed Mayor may have been a factor. It’s possible that the TEA Party, in their attempt to get citizens to not vote in Place 3, may have had other, more damaging consequences. I sadly have to say this, Rowlett Texas just had the most disheartening voter turn-out in modern election history.
We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 33K +/- registered voters in Rowlett. We had a grand total of 1,091 voters that actually got out and participated in this election by casting votes.
That is an utterly embarrassing voter response. One of our Council members has often said, “We get the government we deserve.”
How true! What does it say for the community when only 3 or 4 per cent of ALL registered voters show up at the polls? What does that say about the lack of care, or, maybe, the level of apathy that some citizens are feeling?
One of our former Council members (Cindy Rushing) and I had the opportunity to engage in several conversations yesterday. I came away with a lot of knowledge from those words we exchanged, the most important being what Cindy said regarding LOCAL elections and how they impact the lives of people even more, and more directly, that do national or state elections.
Pretty sad huh?
We now have a Special Election coming up for Council Place 4, an election to replace Todd Gottel after he had to resign to run for Mayor, and the Mayoral election itself that we have to get done. I don’t know just HOW those races are going to shape up and we won’t know until close of business on Monday, May 16th when filing closes.
I say this, Support Todd Gottel for Rowlett Mayor. Rowlett is set to become a destination, Todd Gottel is the leader that can take us there.
Once those places are settled, we can close a disgraceful chapter in Rowlett politics and get on with the business of making Rowlett into the even GREATER city we all know it can be.