Monday, May 13, 2013
Plano elected city’s first African American mayor
He earned the victory with a commanding 59 percent of the vote.
PLANO A historic election has concluded in Plano, with Harry LaRosiliere easily winning the election. LaRosiliere will be the first black mayor in the 260,000-person city's history.
LaRosiliere held a commanding lead over Fred Moses after early voting, a lead he never relinquished. LaRosiliere earned the victory with 59 percent of the vote.
"It is an honor to receive the trust of the citizens and it is a privilege to serve as mayor, and I look forward to working for all the citizens," LaRosiliere said after the results came in.
Moses said he felt his campaign did what it took to win, but said he called LaRosiliere to congratulate him on his victory at about 9:30 p.m. Moses said he will continue to serve as the Collin County GOP Chairman until his term expires in 2014, but had no other thoughts on his political future. He said no matter what his future holds, he will still be an active member of the Plano community.
"I will still be working with elected officials throughout the county," he said.
The other hotly contested race also ended in a landslide, with 66 percent of voters approving a referendum to allow package liquor stores in the city. Plano is now the third city in Collin County to allow liquor sales, following in the footsteps of Anna and Lowry Crossing.
"I think people realized that it was a good deal for the city and they spoke their voice," said LaRosiliere, who has been a staunch supporter of the liquor referendum throughout his campaign.
In the race for City Council Place 8, David Downs and Sally Magnuson will take part in a runoff, which is necessary since no candidate received a majority of the vote. Downs received 41 percent of the vote, while Magnuson received 37 percent. Cathy Fang finished third with 23 percent of the vote.
Each of the city's five bond proposals received at least 59 percent of the vote, ensuring each passed easily.
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