Arlington City Council candidates Rebecca Boxall and Nikkie Hunter, along with incumbents Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley and Andrew Piel, secured the top spots in their races early on Saturday night.
At 7:20 p.m. with no polling center report Boxall, an architect, garnered 63.14% of the vote in the District 5 race with no polling station report, while Kennedy Jones, pastor and engineer, garnered 38 , 86% of the votes. The winner will replace Dr Ignacio Nunez, a first-term board member who did not seek re-election.
In District 3, Nikkie Hunter quickly secured a lead with 33.2% of the vote, edging out Diana Saleh, who took 30.21%. Tamiko Brown got 21.17% of the vote, Dora O. Tovar got 11.88% of the vote and Alixis Lupien got 3.53% of the vote. The all-women-of-color council race to represent Southeast Arlington could end up in a run-off if no candidate receives more than half the votes. The winner will replace Marvin Sutton, the first member of the council, who instead ran for mayor.
Incumbent Andrew Piel, representing Southwest Arlington in District 4, got 70.9% of the vote, placing him far ahead of naysayers Billy BW McClendon Jr., who took 10.8%; Anne Nwaefulu, who received 9.39%; Cheyenne M. Zokaie, who received 5.77%; and Nehal L. Mehta, who received 3.14%.
In District 8, a general seat representing the whole city, the first council member, Dr Barbara Odom-Wesley, received 77.28% of the vote, while opponent Chris “Dobi” Dobson received 22.72 %.
At least two new representatives will join the newly elected council members as they reflect on decisions impacting the city’s plans, economic development, housing and crime. Voters in November re-elected District 7 Council Member Victoria Farrar-Myers and District 1 Council Member Helen Moise for a second term, and voted for District 2 Council Member Raul Gonzalez and Council Member of District 6 Ruby Faye Woolridge.
A record number of voters decided on municipal offices at the end of 2020, with more than 100,000 votes cast in Woolridge’s general race. Experts predict that the turnout on Saturday will be high compared to previous municipal elections normally held in May.