A Conservative's Take on Richardson, Texas Politics & Other Local Tomfoolery
From the DMSnooze bloghttp://richardsonblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/05/richardson-council-coalition-c.htmlquoteRichardson council: Coalition candidates lead 7:15 PM Sat, May 09, 2009 Ian McCann/Reporter In early voting, everybody endorsed by the Richardson Coalition - the group heavily funded by Charles Eisemann that is strongly backing council member Gary Slagel, the former mayor - is leading.Place 1: Bob Townsend is up 3-1 over write-in Bill DentonPlace 2: Mark Solomon won't need a runoff if his lead holds over Jimmy Schnurr, Jennifer Justice and Thomas Volmer. (Incumbent Rhea Allison isn't running for re-election.)Place 3: John Murphy holds a strong lead over Chris Davis and Sheryl MillerPlace 4: Gary Slagel holds a strong lead over Diane Wardrup and Tom Bache-WiigPlace 5: Pris Hayes is losing to Bob MacyPlace 7: Dennis Stewart is behind Amir OmarAnd, of course, the uncontested Steve Mitchell has 100 percent of the Place 6 vote.Considering the weak turnout today, this could mean Gary Slagel is poised to regain the mayor's position. (After the dust is settled with the election, council members choose the mayor from within their own ranks.) unquote
ranks - exactly the word I would have used too.