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    Garland voters passed 36 proposed amendments to the city charter Saturday.

    The changes to the charter come after the City Council appointed residents last fall to a Charter Review Committee to see what needed to be updated in the city's governing document. The first 19 props include legal and technical updates to stay within state law and to make language gender neutral; the remaining amendments focus on procedural or technical changes.

    The propositions and the results of the election can be seen below. The detailed proposition proposal can be seen at the bottom of this page.

    Garland Proposition A
    “Shall the Charter be amended to provide for gender neutrality, deletion and correction of obsolete and incorrect citations, references, titles of city officials, and correction of typographical errors?”

    District Judge - 101st District

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Staci Williams (D)

    448792

    64%
    Mike Lee (R)

    250455

    36%

    Garland Proposition B
    “Shall Article II, Section 2, of the Charter be amended to update and clarify the City’s authority to purchase electric utility facilities inside or outside the City limits?”

    District Judge - 283rd District

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Lela Mays (D)

    439723

    64%
    Livia Francis (R)

    246802

    36%

    Garland Proposition C
    “Shall Article III, Section 1(C), of the Charter be amended by changing the residency requirements for a person runnin Councilmember, including Mayor, from a requirement that the candidate reside within the Council district at the time of his or her nomination to a requirement that the candidate reside for a minimum of one year in the Council district at the time of his or her election or appointment?”

    Criminal District Judge - Court No. 7

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Chika Anyiam (D)

    428971

    62%
    Stephanie Fargo (R)

    260358

    38%

    Garland Proposition D
    “Shall Article III, Section 1(E), of the Charter be moved in its entirety to subsection (F) and replaced with a provision that prohibits a Councilmember, including the Mayor, who vacates his or her office prior to the end of the scheduled term from serving again in the same capacity until one complete subsequent term has elapsed?”

    Dallas County District Attorney

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    John Creuzot (D)

    421796

    60%
    Faith Johnson (R)

    280016

    40%

    Garland Proposition E
    “Shall Article III, Section 3, of the Charter be amended to increase the compensation for the Mayor and City Council to take into account an inflation adjustment since May of 2000?”

    Dallas County Judge

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Clay Jenkins (D)

    445585

    63%
    Brian Hutcheson (R)

    240557

    34%
    Preston Poulter (L)

    18031

    3%

    Garland Proposition F
    “Shall Section 5, “Vacancies” of Article III, “The Council” of the Charter be amended to be consistent with state law and to further provide that in the event of a vacancy on Council where the member of the vacant seat is unable or unwilling to hold-over until such time as the vacancy may be filled pursuant to a lawful election and the Governor of the State of Texas does not call an election to fill the vacancy after being petitioned by the City, and a special election cannot be held within 120 days of appointment, then the remaining members of the Council may by a three-fourths super-majority vote to appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy; that a person so appointed by Council shall not be eligible to serve again on Council in the same capacity until one complete subsequent term has elapsed; and that subject to these conditions, an appointment by Council shall be for an interim term until such time as a special election may be called or until the current term expires?”

    Dallas County Sheriff

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Marian Brown (D)

    447974

    64%
    Aaron Meek (R)

    250928

    36%

    Garland Proposition G
    “Shall Article III, Section 8, of the Charter relating to the location of regular meetings of the Council be amended to allow Council to hold regular meetings at City Hall or other location designated by Council within the city limits?”

    Dallas Co. Commissioner - Pct. 2

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    J.J. Koch (R)

    124482

    52%
    Wini Cannon (D)

    107926

    45%
    Alberto Perez (L)

    7693

    3%

    Garland Proposition H
    “Shall Article III, Section 9, of the Charter be amended to clarify that the Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure at the first regular meeting in January of each year, but in the event the Council does not amend the rules at that time, the rules for the prior year shall be deemed to be adopted by the Council.”

    Justice of Peace - Pct. 2 - Place 1

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Margaret O'Brien (D)

    78333

    55%
    Ashley Hutcheson (R)

    62904

    45%

    Garland Proposition I
    “Shall Article III, Section 9, of the Charter be amended to increase the time the City Secretary has to enter the minutes of all meetings in the permanent record from 48 hours to 72 hours?”

    Justice of Peace - Pct. 2 - Place 2

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Katrina Whitfield (D)

    78580

    56%
    Bill Metzger (R)

    62859

    44%

    Garland Proposition J
    “Shall Article III, Section 11, of the Charter be amended to be consistent with state law and the Texas Constitution and clarify that in the event of a vacancy on Council, or any officer appointed by Council, the person vacating their respective office shall remain in office until such time as a successor is sworn into the vacated office?”

    Justice of Peace - Pct. 3 - Place 1

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Al Cercone (R)

    100853

    50%
    Shannon Bradford (D)

    98964

    50%

    Garland Proposition K
    “Shall Article IV, Section 1, of the Charter be amended to provide that an appointed councilmember may not receive a council appointment as City Manager, City Attorney, City Auditor, or Municipal Judge within two (2) years of the expiration of the term for which he or she was elected?”

    Justice of Peace - Pct. 3 - Place 2

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:03 AM
    Steve Seider (R)

    101792

    51%
    Mauri Long (D)

    97475

    49%

    Garland Proposition L
    “Shall Article IV, Section 3, of the Charter be amended to clarify that Council does not have the authority to direct or request the City Manager, the City Attorney, the City Auditor, or Municipal Judge to hire or remove any person from an office directed by the respective Council appointee and provide a penalty for will violations?”

    Justice of Peace - Pct. 4 - Place 2

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Sasha Morena (D)

    91932

    68%
    Israel Aviles (R)

    42937

    32%

    Garland Proposition M
    “Shall Article IV, Section 5, of the Charter be moved to Article V, Section 3, and amended so that the City Manager has the authority to appoint a City Secretary, upon confirmation of City Council, manage, supervise, and remove the City Secretary, and describe the general duties of the Office of City Secretary?”

    Dallas Co. Constable - Precinct 2

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Bill Gipson (D)

    78234

    55%
    Ray Nichols (R)

    63005

    45%

    Garland Proposition N
    “Shall Article IV, Section 6, of the Charter be amended to set the term of office for the Municipal Judge to be consistent with state law, which sets the term of office as 2 years?”

    Dallas Co. Constable - Precinct 3

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Ben Adamcik (R)

    101684

    51%
    Curtis Harris (D)

    97431

    49%

    Garland Proposition O
    “Shall Article IV, Section 9, of the Charter be amended by inserting provisions related to the qualifications, general powers, and duties of the office of City Auditor, which shall be revised and moved from Article VII, Sections 4 and 5?”

    Dallas City Council - Place 4

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Carolyn Arnold

    3641

    26%
    Keyaira Saunders

    2431

    17%
    Vincent Parker

    1530

    11%
    Corwyn Davis

    1246

    9%
    Dawn Blair

    1238

    9%
    Becky Lewis

    811

    6%
    Joli Robinson

    788

    6%
    Brandon Vance

    691

    5%
    Obi Igbkowe

    672

    5%
    Donald Washington

    308

    2%
    Kebran Alexander

    288

    2%
    Lester Houston Jr.

    269

    2%
    Justina Walford

    233

    2%

    Garland Proposition P
    “Shall Article V, Section 2, of the Charter be amended to provide that the City Council may appoint a City Manager for a term not to exceed three years?”

    Desoto City Council - Place 2

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Kay Brown-Patrick

    8516

    53%
    Patricia Ledbetter

    7491

    47%

    Garland Proposition Q
    “Shall Article VI, Section 1, of the Charter be amended to provide that the City Council may appoint a City Attorney for a term not to exceed three years?”

    Duncanville Prop. A - Parks and Rec

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    9035

    74%
    Against

    3169

    26%

    Garland Proposition R
    “Shall Article VIII, Section 2, of the Charter relating to the submission of the city budget be amended to provide that the City Manager shall file the budget with the City Secretary on or before the date set by state law?”

    Duncanville Prop. B - Streets and Sidewalks

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    10539

    86%
    Against

    1763

    14%

    Garland Proposition S
    “Shall Article VIII, Section 3, of the Charter relating to the form of the city budget by the City Manager be amended to delete the list of the required contents of the City Manager’s budget message and provide that the budget be prepared in accordance with, and contain all information required by, state law?”

    Duncanville Prop. C - Fire Facilities

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    10368

    85%
    Against

    1901

    15%

    Garland Proposition T
    “Shall Article VIII, Section 4, of the Charter relating to public access of the proposed budget be amended to accommodate digital and electronic access by the public?”

    Duncanville Prop. D - Municipal Buildings

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    7227

    59%
    Against

    4942

    41%

    Garland Proposition U
    “Shall Article VIII, Section 5, of the Charter relating to publication and notice of the public hearing on the proposed budget be amended so that publication and notice of the public hearing is in accordance with state law?”

    Glenn Heights - City Council - Place 1

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Sonja Brown

    1499

    61%
    Travis Bruton

    403

    16%
    Stacey Norris

    305

    12%
    Christine Xochihua

    154

    6%
    Graham Weatherspoon III

    113

    5%

    Garland Proposition V
    “Shall Article VIII, Section 6, of the Charter relating to scheduling the public hearing and adopting the budget be amended to update terminology, so that the scheduling and adoption of the budget is done in accordance with state law, and setting the 21st day of September as the last day on which Council may approve a final budget prior to the proposed budget as submitted by the City Manager being deemed to have been finally adopted by the Council?”

    Glenn Heights City Council - Place 3

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Jeremy Woods

    1216

    52%
    Emma Ipaye

    1136

    48%

    Garland Proposition W
    “Shall Article X, Section 1, of the Charter relating to the authority of the City to issue bonds be amended so that the City shall have the authority to borrow money, issue bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness permitted by, and in accordance with, state law?”

    Glenn Heights - City Council - Place 5

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Shaunte Allen

    1553

    65%
    Harry Garrett

    463

    19%
    Isaac Burren

    390

    16%

    Garland Proposition X
    “Shall Article X, Section 3, of the Charter relating to bond election procedures be amended so that the Council is required to establish a Bond Study Committee preceding a bond election, any proposition on a ballot to issue bonds payable from ad valorem taxes must first be submitted to a vote of the qualified voters of the City of Garland, and all bond elections and issuance and payments of bonds shall be done in accordance with state law?”

    Glenn Heights - Prop.A - Votes Cast

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    2058

    81%
    Against

    487

    19%

    Garland Proposition Y
    “Shall Article X, Section 10, of the Charter relating to bond elections be amended so that each bond proposition must expressly state all information required by state law?”

    Glenn Heights - Prop. B - Judge Appointments

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    1870

    73%
    Against

    704

    27%

    Garland Proposition Z
    “Shall Article XI, Section 1, of the Charter relating to the requirements to be a member of the Plan Commission be amended by deleting the real property ownership requirement to serve as a member and substituting it with a residency requirement?”

    Glenn Heights - Prop. C - Tax Code

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    1728

    68%
    Against

    799

    32%

    Garland Proposition AA
    “Shall Article XI, Section 10, of the Charter be amended by replacing the property ownership requirement with a requirement that a person be a resident of the City for a period of not less than one (1) year prior to his or her appointment as a board member or commissioner?”

    Glenn Heights - Prop. D - Charter Errors

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    1881

    74%
    Against

    649

    26%

    Garland Proposition AB
    “Shall Article XII, Section 2, of the Charter be amended so that the number of signatures required on a petition of a person desiring to become a candidate for an office on City Council and the filing deadlines are consistent with state law?”

    Glenn Heights - Prop. E - Ethics

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    2047

    82%
    Against

    448

    18%

    Garland Proposition AC
    “Shall Article XII, Section 8, of the Charter relating to the recall of the Mayor or Councilmember be amended to update the petition submittal requirements, the petition process and schedule, the form of the petition, the required number of signatures, the duties and obligations of the City Secretary, and clarify and update vacancy and holdover terms?”

    Garland Proposition AD
    “Shall Article XIV, Section 5, of the Charter be amended so that publication of proposed ordinances by referendum is electronically published on the City website and consistent with all other publication requirements of the Charter and in accordance with state law?”

    Seagoville Prop. A - Term Limits

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    1515

    60%
    Against

    1016

    40%

    Garland Proposition AE
    “Shall Article XV, Section 1, of the Charter relating to the general powers of the City in regard to utility systems be amended to be consistent with state law?”

    Seagoville - Prop. B - Nepotism

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    Against

    1347

    52%
    For

    1266

    48%

    Garland Proposition AF
    “Shall Article XV, Section 2, of the Charter relating to franchise fees be amended to update terminology and be consistent with state law?”

    Carrollton - Prop. A - School Bonds

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    20016

    65%
    Against

    10611

    35%

    Garland Proposition AG
    “Shall Article XV, Section 6, of the Charter relating to the terms and conditions of granting franchises to public utilities, and the notification thereof, be amended to be consistent with state law?”

    Dallas ISD - Prop. A - Bus Bonds

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    197430

    73%
    Against

    72014

    27%

    Garland Proposition AH
    “Shall Article XV, Section 7, of the Charter relating to obsolete reporting requirements of public utility franchises be repealed?”

    Garland Proposition AH Reporting Requirements

    1% ReportingMay 22, 1:19 PM
    For

    2513

    83%
    Against

    515

    17%

    Garland Proposition AI
    “Shall Article XVII, Section 4, of the Charter relating to claims against the City be amended to update terminology and clarify substantive requirements of any written notices of personal injury or death submitted to the City to be consistent with state law?”

    Dallas ISD - Prop. C - Property Tax Increase

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    156431

    60%
    Against

    104667

    40%

    Garland Proposition AJ
    “Shall Article XVII, Section 14, of the Charter be amended by addition to exclude liability coverage by the City on claims arising out of the criminal conduct of city officials and any claim that is excluded from coverage under a policy of insurance of the City?”

    Dallas ISD - Prop. D - Attendance Credits

    100% ReportingDec 10, 12:04 AM
    For

    145238

    57%
    Against

    110855

    43%

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