Richardson City Council members Janet DePuy and Bob Dubey were locked in a close race for the city mayoral seat, according to unofficial results Saturday night. DePuy, with 50.8% of the vote, had a slight lead over Dubey at 10:40 pm Saturday.
“Oh, that’s very tight,” Dubey said The Dallas Morning News. “Congratulations to my opponent. She’s ahead, and I think it’s great that she’s been able to compete… If I win, I’m ready to do it. If he wins, I wish her good luck ”.
DePuy was not immediately available for comment.
In 2019, DePuy was elected to the Richardson City Council, where she represented Place 3 and served as acting mayor. Dubey was elected to the top seat on the Richardson City Council in 2017.
The winner will replace outgoing Mayor Paul Voelker, who was appointed mayor in 2015. Voelker was officially elected mayor in 2017 before winning re-election in 2019 and 2021. He had been a city council member since 2013.
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Prior to joining the board, DePuy, 74, spent 10 years on the City Planning Commission, where he gained experience on development, land use and zoning policies. He is Richardson’s representative on the Regional Transportation Council, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition.
During his two terms on the city council, DePuy’s accomplishments with other council members, according to his campaign website, included downtown and main street development, as well as lowering the city’s state tax rate during the budget cycle 2021-2022.
As a board member, athletic director and football coach, Dubey, 68, has deep roots in Richardson. Dubey held additional roles as chairman of the Richardson Parks and Recreation Commission, the City Charter Review Commission, and other city committees.
Continuing to improve and fund infrastructure and tracking progress on short-term rentals were among the items on Dubey’s platform, according to his campaign website.
“I’ve worked on every asset that I know how to work with and have run an extremely positive campaign,” Dubey said The news. “I didn’t put anything critical of my opponent in any shape, form or way. So I can honestly say if I win, it’s a blessing and I’m so honored to represent the city of Richardson. If he wins, I wish her the best of luck and I hope and pray that our citizens and our city benefit from whatever she chooses to do.”