Ken Fulk will be Allen’s new mayor after winning the election over Grace Chen on Tuesday night.
Fulk secured 58.3 percent of the votes (22,750 votes) to Chen’s 16,304 votes.
“I think voters respected my long term community involvement in a variety of organizations, my integrity and my past leadership experiences,” Fulk said. “They know that I have a commitment to excellence and that I will work tirelessly to achieve the goals that the council sets for our community based on significant input from our citizens. Our citizens want quality development which respects existing development and which helps sustain a strong tax base over time, yielding the lowest tax rates reasonably possible.”
Fulk had jumped out to a commanding lead through early voting totals, securing 20,008 votes to Chen’s 14,220 heading into Tuesday night.
“I take my role as mayor seriously and will attempt to systematically work toward resolving any issues that exist and concurrently work to improve other areas that may need improvement but are not broken,” Fulk said. “Some of my campaign initiatives include creation of two citizen led ad-hoc committees related development of a new detailed master plan for the Central Business District, old down town, as well as a review of the current term limit provisions to consider fine tuning these to help preserve continuity on council.”
Fulk said the council has already started work on the development of a Diversity Council, and he said he will seek to further develop this into a board with task specific subcommittees to make this the HUB organization for all things related to diversity, inclusion and equity matters, as well as cultural awareness activities and events.
“I further seek to enhance council-city communications with residents to include attempting to speed up the delivery of communication and providing factual information to residents in a timely manner,” Fulk said. “I would also like to enhance our zoning processes and attempt to obtain sustainable development along our Highway 121 corridor by seeking to attract unique one of a kind destination retail, restaurant and entertainment venues. I also have an interest in reviewing the status of currently zoned apartment, or urban residential, tracts of land and attempt to limit any further high density residential developments in Allen to include making any reductions should such opportunities become an option.”
Carl Clemencich ran unopposed for Place 2.