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Wazny wins District 3, Briggs upsets Ryan

Wazny wins District 3, Briggs upsets Ryan

Wazny wins District 3, Briggs upsets Ryan
May 09
20:42 2015

Rhiannon Saegert / Senior Staff Writer & Dalton LaFerney / News Editor

Kathleen Wazny defeated her opponent, Amber Briggle, for the District 3 councilmember seat with about 70 percent of the vote. UNT resides within Wazny’s district.

The results reached Wazny’s election watch party just after 7 p.m. After the applause died down, she addressed the crowd.

“This isn’t about me, this is about you. This is your seat,” Wazny said. “I’m going to take all of this grassroots activism power to city council because this is about us. The residents whose decisions the council makes, those decisions impact them. If they can’t hear those closed sessions then there’s a problem with local government.”

Briggle received 560 total votes; Wazny got 1,255. Precinct 4003 boosted Wazny to victory with 1,111 votes. Robson Ranch, where Wazny is a resident, lies within that precinct. Operatives of the Briggle campaign said Wazny’s effort at Robson Ranch is what won her the race. Briggle also said Saturday’s rainy weather likely deterred voters.

On what had previously been an all male city council, Wazny will be joined by Keely Briggs, who beat incumbent John Ryan for District 2, to balance the gender ratio. Now, there are seven men and two women on the city council. Keely won her district with 63 percent of the vote. Ryan, owner of Vigne Wine Shop, had 437 votes to Keely’s 747.

In District 1, incumbent Kevin Roden beat challenger Robert Doyle Cain with 85 percent of the 527 votes cast. Cain, whose most recent campaign finance report is disputed, had 79 votes in his favor. Roden now enters his final term.

Councilman Joey Hawkins, who ran unopposed, was reelected.

Wazny leads Briggle in early numbers

Staff reports

Early voting results indicated Kathleen Wazny took a large lead over her opponent, Amber Briggle, for the District 2 spot, the district that encompasses UNT. More more than 1,000 Wazny votes came from precinct 4003, where Wazny is a resident of Robson Ranch.

In District 2, early results favored challenger Keely Briggs, indicating a possible upset over her opponent, incumbent John Ryan.

District 1 incumbent Kevin Roden had 85.15 percent of the votes over challenger Robert Doyle Cain.

The North Texas Daily is following the election. Updates will be posted when they are made available.


District 3 city council candidate Amber Briggle reviews early voting results at her election party. Her opponent, Kathleen Wazny, took a commanding lead, with 77.16 percent of the early votes going her way. Photo by Dalton LaFerney – News Editor

Featured Image: District 3 city council candidate Kathleen Wazny flashes a big smile after receiving an overwhelming majority of the early votes. Photo by Hannah Ridings – Staff Photographer

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Dalton LaFerney

Dalton LaFerney

Dalton is the editor of the Daily.

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