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Deb Armintor wins Denton city council place 5 seat

Deb Armintor wins Denton city council place 5 seat

Deb Armintor wins Denton city council place 5 seat
June 16
23:39 2018

UNT English professor Deb Armintor defeated local real estate firm owner Aaron “Fuzzy” Newquist on Saturday with 54.12 percent of the vote for the city council place 5 spot. The runoff election saw 13,235 total ballots cast.

Upon winning, Armintor said she had a grassroots victory, and the results showed democracy works.

“I’m very, very happy and overwhelmed,” Armintor said. “This truly was a grassroots victory. I was out-fundraised and outspent.”

The new councilperson said there are a lot of ways Denton’s city council is currently making life difficult for citizens. She also said there are a number of things the council is doing right.

“There are a number of ways in which we — as a city government — are making people’s lives more difficult, not on purpose,” Armintor said. “I want to see us make people’s quality of life better or, at least, stop being a part of the problem.”

During a speech, Armintor’s supporters started chanting “dangerous Deb,” referencing a nickname Newquist’s mailers referred to her as during the campaign.

“I am not dangerous,” Armintor said. “I am so nice.”

At the end of her speech, Armintor asked the people to keep her accountable as she serves on the council.  

“I’m so filled with gratitude for the people, and I want to tell everybody to hold me accountable,” Armintor said. “Let me know what to do because I look to the people for instructions.”

After the results came in, Newquist went to Facebook to thank his family, campaign volunteers and supporters. He said they spent countless hours volunteering and made a lot of sacrifices for his campaign

“I will continue to be an advocate for lower taxes and better city services and will continue to work to serve Denton and those around me,” Newquist said.  

Although he did not win, Newquist said he was happy with the voter turnout as he believes it shows a strong reflection of engagement on behalf of the city.

“In an environment where people would normally sit out because they are tired of all the elections, we got a pretty good number,” Newquist said.

Aaron “Fuzzy” Newquist.

Looking ahead, Newquist said he supports Armintor’s goals to lower the cost of living in Denton.

“We support her in her efforts to lower the cost of living and taxes in Denton,” Newquist said. “I think everybody can agree that is something we all want. She and I agreed on that aspect. We are praying for her as she goes into this phase of public service as we do with all our elected officials.”

Road to the election

During the general election, Newquist led Armintor with 46.81 percent of the vote but not a majority, which lead to the runoff on Saturday. The primary election knocked out Jodi Vicars-Nance and Bernard Vokoun from the race.

The campaign to follow took many twists and turns leading up to the runoff election. Newquist did not attend the NAACP forum as he told NAACP president Willie Hudspeth he could not add anything to his calendar.

This resulted in Armintor being the only candidate available to answer questions from constituents at the forum. Newquist said he reached out through block walking in person and phone calls.

During the first week of early voting, Newquist sent a message to voters in Robson Ranch, which is located in the southwest side of Denton. The letters called his opponent “dangerous” and criticized sanctuary cities and dual-language programs.

Newquist’s letters also brought party politics to the local race by calling himself the conservative choice. This caused endorsements to change throughout the campaign.

In a Twitter post, Newquist’s former opponent and city council candidate Jodi Vicars-Nance wrote she endorses no one.

Dalton Gregory, a former councilmember, withdrew his endorsement of  Newquist because he believes city council elections should be non-partisan.

He wrote that Newquist’s reference to dual language has underlying racism.

“I am embarrassed to have my name associated with this kind of negative polarizing campaign,” Gregory said.

In a written statement, Newquist said he was informed of Armintor’s engagement with the democratic party, which resulted in his style of campaign. Newquist addressed Armintor and her supporters in the statement.

“Rather than addressing the facts and acknowledging the true differences between the candidates, they are playing the race card and attempting to divide us as a city based on fear, emotion and intimidation,” Newquist said in the statement.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported the two candidate’s campaigns spent almost $17,000 together. Newquist’s campaign is responsible for $14,000 of the spending.

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  1. MicheleRyan
    MicheleRyan June 17, 14:35

    Personally speaking, I will vote this election for candidates who prioritize citizens over illegal aliens, those who oppose sanctuary cities, amnesty and taxpayer funded in state college tuition discounts for illegals. That means no Democrats and no RINO’s.

    When will politicians and people in general figure out that when you reward illegal immigration with jobs, amnesty, drivers licenses, discounts for college tuition, scholarships encourages MORE illegal entry.. Illegal immigration negativity effects our economy from employment to use public services. Just debating this in congress is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars….. thank the parents. Another concern is the real “immigrants” who have waited in line? The “dreamers” don’t care about them, but we as a country should.

    We have over 800,000 “dreamers” (authorized illegal aliens) and probably another 2 million non DACA illegals in our country taking jobs. These are jobs American citizens have lost or are in competition for.They are not all picking strawberries as the MSM / Democrats would like you to believe. Nor are they “children” or “kids. (another MSM / Dem deception.)

    Another myth, America is not splitting up families, that decision is theirs. I don’t know how these dreamers can wave goodbye to their parents being deported but they do so every day. Its ALL about them. Selfish.

    With over 100,000 veterans homeless you would think that would be a priority Not so.

    Just some of the costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children and grand children as has been passed on to us.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens.

    *Currently city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollarsfor legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported.

    *2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & free school lunches.

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  2. Truthteller
    Truthteller June 18, 16:05

    Michele Ryan’s comments should be reserved for someone running for FEDERAL office not a LOCAL race which has nothing to do with lots of the issues mentioned. What in the world does this have to do with what needs to be done at City Hall? The answer Dentonites is …..drum roll please….not much.

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