George Fuller declared victory Saturday night in maintaining his spot as McKinney’s mayor.
Fuller had secured 67.41%, or 15,238 of the votes, according to unofficial numbers from Collin County.
“This was a difficult race, and it sadly was a difficult race. It doesn’t need to be this way,” he said during a Saturday night victory speech.
Fuller’s victory comes after a tumultuous campaign season against challenger Tom Meredith, who won just 30.55%of the votes. Jimmy Stewart, who had dropped out and endorsed Fuller, had garnered 2.04%.
“We need to be far more together than what this last race showed us to be,” Fuller said Saturday, “and there’s a reason why these elections are nonpartisan on a local level. They’re nonpartisan because when I serve, I’m serving my family, I’m serving my neighbors. I’m serving my friends. We are amongst each other here, and man, we need to serve as a community. Not as a party. And I couldn’t be happier to have the honor of serving another four years. I so appreciate the city giving me that opportunity, giving me that honor.”
This story has been updated to include final numbers from Collin County provided the night of May 1. Election numbers are not official until they are canvassed.