Lake Highlands resident Chris Poteet was elected in a runoff Saturday to join the Richardson ISD school board. He’ll succeed Jean Bono, also from LH, and serve at large.
“I am honored by the support RISD voters have given me through the months of campaigning, the general election and finally the runoff election,” Poteet wrote on social media after Saturday night’s vote totals came in. “It starts with a supportive family and grows with friends and then supporters. I thank each and every level of that support. I thank the other candidates from the special election and especially thank Amanda Clair for the challenge and consistent manner in which she engaged and represented the thousands of constituents that supported her.”
Poteet received 6,907 votes or 56% of the total. Turnout was low throughout the district, with fewer than 10% of registered voters opting to cast a ballot.
Poteet won big across Lake Highlands, earning large percentages in precincts surrounding Forest Meadow Junior High (79%), Moss Haven Elementary (89%), Moss Park (88%), Skyview Elementary (72%), Arbor Park (82%), Merriman Park Elementary (76%), Lake Highlands High (85%), White Rock Valley (80%), Audelia/Walnut Hill (72%), L Streets (64%), Wallace Elementary (76%), B.B. Owen Park (68%) and Flag Pole Hill (75%). He also won in some other RISD feeder patterns, including the precincts surrounding Prairie Creek Elementary (73%), Bowie Elementary (59%), Richland Park (57%) and Hillcrest/Campbell (53%).
Clair was strongest on her home turf, winning highest totals near the neighborhood where she and her husband are raising 3 children in RISD schools. She won in precincts surrounding Spring Creek Elementary (68%), Buckingham/Audelia (75%), Cottonwood (64%), Richardson Junior High (64%), Spring Valley Elementary (58%), Prestonwood (55%) and Hamilton Park (78%).
“Richardson ISD is one of the best school districts in the state of Texas,” Clair wrote on Facebook Sunday morning. “Over the last year I have gotten to know our RISD community deeper and in ways I could have never imagined. I am proud of our campaign and all of the amazing volunteers and community members we worked with. Thank you for supporting and believing in me. Best of luck to Chris Poteet as he becomes Richardson ISD’s next trustee. I look forward to supporting the board and ensuring we fulfill our promise that each and every student receives a high quality education.”