Frisco voters choose to keep Jeff Cheney as mayor, according to unofficial election results.
Cheney claimed victory with 54.6% of the vote. His challenger Mark Piland got 42.6%. Jonathan David Spencer was also on the ballot with 2.8% of the vote.
The mayor said he looks forward to the next three years and is honored that the citizens of Frisco have elected him to his last term.
“We’ve accomplished a lot in my six years as mayor, but there’s still a lot we want to do,” Cheney said.
Cheney said he thanked Piland for the run and wished him luck and said he learned a lot during the campaign.
“Campaigns are important,” Cheney said. “I heard from the citizens and learned what I can do better. I will take this feedback and put it to good use. I look forward to the great work we will achieve together.”
Cheney was elected to the city council in 2007 and became mayor in 2017. For his third and final term as mayor, he wants to complete the redevelopment of the railroad district, open Phase 1 of Grand Park and attract more Fortune 500 companies. He is also pushing for a world-class performing arts center.
Cheney leads Cheney Group, an affiliate of Monument Realty. Critics have questioned his role in Fields’ 2,500-acre development, especially his operation in a neighborhood called The Preserve with custom homes that could cost as much as $15 million.
Cheney’s supporters at Saturday’s polls said his leadership is why Frisco consistently ranks high in areas like Happiest City, Most Recession-Proof City and Safest City in America.
“Keep Frisco great,” said Jesse Ringness, as he handed out literature for applicants at Collin College in Frisco. “Even when I disagree with certain decisions, I have to look at the bigger picture and I can’t vote on a single issue.”
Frisco resident Jennifer Achu also praised Cheney and credited him for the city’s success.
“Frisco is number 1 for many reasons. Cheney is a very inclusive leader and he is a unifier. He puts citizens first,” Achu said. “He is for progressive growth and is a leader who listens to people. He leads. He understands the city and the residents. He has a proven track record and deserves a third and final term.”
Piland said he called and congratulated Cheney on the win and that the next steps are to show support for the mayor.
“Now our goal is to follow that up and make Frisco the best city it can be,” Piland said.
Despite the loss, Piland said it was gratifying and humbling to win 43 percent of the vote in Cheney’s second term.
Piland said he appreciates the supporters and all the volunteers who have devoted countless hours to the campaign.
Piland, who was forced to retire from the fire department for interfering with an investigation, said there was more to the story of his release from the city and denied any wrongdoing.