Newcomers Shanes, Fortin elected to Burnet council as incumbents ousted
May 11, 2013, 9:00 pm by James Walker
Shanes, a retired Social Security administrator and a former Plainview city council member, led with 260 votes (26 percent) and Fortin, a retired Boy Scouts of America executive was second with 234 votes (24 percent).
Burnet voters were electing three council members from five candidates and incumbent Milton Phair was a solid third with 220 votes (22 percent).
Incumbents Coker and Riddell finished fourth and fifth.
Coker had 143 votes (15 percent) and Riddell 125 (13 percent).
The council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance March 5 that would give them free lifetime golf at the city-owned Delaware Springs Golf Course.
The vote angered many residents who voiced their disapproval at a subsequent contentious council workshop that left many dissatisfied with council members’ responses and actions during the meeting.
Shanes and Fortin took advantage of the voter disgust and both put in ample time walking various neighborhoods, knocking on doors and talking directly with residents.
The results of Saturday’s voting leaves the affluent Delaware Springs subdivision with reduced representation on the council.
Fortin is a Delaware Springs resident as is Phair and council members Phillip Thurman and Ken Graham, who were not on the ballot this year.
Coker was a Delaware Springs resident and Riddell currently heads up the Billy Joe Fox Real Estate company that is the principal developer of the subdivision.
Shanes, along with Mayor Gary Wideman and council member Paul Shell are the non-Delaware Springs residents on the council.
Also in the Burnet election, voters overwhelmingly passed each of the nine propositions on the ballot of a city charter election.
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