McKinney November 2020

ELECTIONS

Voters recall McKinney City Council member, reject sale of parkland

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BY MIRANDA JAIMES

term, which expires in May 2021. Shemwell was elected to represent District 1, which stretches along the city’s east side, but the recall process in McKinney mandates that all city voters be allowed to weigh in. This process was established in 2019 after voters approved a proposition to allow all voters to participate in recall elections regardless of their address. The city canvassed the election results during a special meeting Nov. 10 to make the results o ! cial. Shemwell was absent from the council dais when this action was taken. City Council has stated they would like to appoint someone to " ll Shemwell’s seat for the duration of the term, noting that it was important for District 1 to have representation in the council’s decision. Council will bring names for the appointment to the Dec. 1 Council meeting. The position will also be up for election in May 2021. Shemwell could run again at that time to regain the seat. Land sale rejected McKinney residents also voted against a di $ erent proposition involv- ing city-owned land. When asked if the city should be authorized to sell about 55 acres of land south of Harry McKillop Boulevard and Old Mill Road near the Heard Natural Science Museum &Wildlife Sanctuary, nearly 60% of McKinney residents voted “no.” The city will not be able to enter negotiations to sell the land. Visit communityimpact.com/ voter-guide/election-results to see results from all local elections.

A majority of voters in the Nov. 3 election favored removing McKinney City Council Member La’Shadion Shemwell from o ! ce by recall. Shemwell is the " rst McKinney City Council member to be recalled in the city’s history. After the election results were announced, he released a statement, which read in part: “This is not the outcome we wanted, but one we fully expected.” Election results show the majority of McKinney voters came out against Shemwell, who, according to the peti- tion that triggered the recall election, “made in # ammatory statements about residents and sta $ .” There were 47,843 votes in favor of the recall, and 18,440 against. Shemwell could not be reached for comment, but in his statement, he pointed to his ongoing federal lawsuit against the city regarding its recall election changes. In September, Shemwell and two other registered voters in his district " led a federal lawsuit, which claimed that the recall election is unconsti- tutional because the entire city was allowed to vote in the recall election, thus diluting the votes of District 1 residents. “I have stated from the beginning I would " ght this illegal recall process in court, and that is what I will continue to do, not just for me but for every diluted voter and disenfran- chised voice in this city,” Shemwell said in his statement. The recall election comes toward the end of Shemwell’s three-year

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McKinney residents were faced with two propositions on their ballots: one asking if La’Shadion Shemwell should be removed from City Council by recall, and the other seeking authorization for the city to sell some of its parkland. BREAKDOWN RESULTS

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PROPOSITION A: RECALL ELECTION

72.18% FOR 27.82% AGAINST PROPOSITION B: AUTHORIZATION FOR LAND SALE 40.40% FOR 59.60% AGAINST

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