Carver, Atchley win Anna Council runoffs

By Joshua Baethge
Anna-Melissa Tribune

Anna City Council Place 3

Stan Carver II    495 Votes    66.00%

Hugh Heath    255 Votes    34.00%

Anna City Council Place 5

Randy Atchley    485 Votes    64.93%

Bryan Heath    262 Votes    35.07%

*unofficial results

Stan Carver and Randy Atchley won their runoff elections for the Anna City Council. Each pulled in more than 60 percent of the votes according to unofficial results reported by Collin County election officials Tuesday night.

Randy Atchley

In the Place Four contest to fill the remaining 18 months of a vacant term, McKinney firefighter Atchley topped Bryan Heath by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent. Atchley said he was humbled by the support he received from the voters and thanked them for their unwavering support and dedication. He also made a point to thank Bryan Heath and his supporters for running a tough campaign and keeping him on his toes.

“I promise to help lead Anna and her neighbors with grit, determination and common sense, and I look forward to getting to work and representing everyone to the best of my ability,” Atchley said. “I’m ready to get to work.”

As he has said throughout the campaign, Atchley plans to pay particular attention to supporting Anna’s first responders and making sure they have what they need to keep up with the rapidly growing community. He intends to get in touch with department heads right off the bat and learn more about where the city stands and what its vision for the future is. He also wants to make sure that the city has programs in place that encourage officers to stay in Anna instead of getting experience and them moving on to other departments. 

“We’ve got to make sure that we keep up with the growth and we've got to keep these guys in Anna,” Atchley said.

Carver Finally Comes Out on Top

After running unsuccessfully for mayor in 2017 and city council in 2018, local businessman Stan Carver has finally won a council race. He will replace outgoing councilman John Beazley in the Place 3 seat and serve a full three-year term. Carver bested opponent Hugh Heath by a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent.

Stan Carver

“I want to thank all of the citizens that sought out the truth and confidently voted for Mr. Atchley and me,” he said in an election night statement. “I will continue to make myself available to our residents and endeavor to make a positive impact on our community.”

The runoff election was marred by back and forth allegations between Carver and Place 4 candidate Bryan Heath. According to Carver, this was much different from his previous races where he felt his opponents were actively engaged in the community, wanting to do what was best for all residents. 

“This race devolved rapidly with some candidates engaging special-interest, political activist groups to plot against the other candidates,” Carver said. “Even having ties directly to the president’s campaign, I never leveraged that muscle, because a councilman needs to represent all of Anna regardless of who he or she voted for in the national election.”

Carver also laid out a five-point plan that he intends to focus on when he takes his seat.  It includes working for safer roadways, quality housing, improving the economy to bring jobs and suppress property taxes, seeking cooperative and private funding sources first and continuing to improve the quality of life in Anna.

Voter Turnout Plummets

As expected, the number of people voting in the runoff race was a far cry from the number who voted in the Nov. 3 general election that included the presidential contest. A total of 754 voted in the runoff compared to the more than 4,100 voters who cast a ballot for the Place 3 and Place 4 contests in November.

Out of the 754 who voted in the runoff, 404 took advantage of early voting and 273 voted on election day. There were also 77 mail-in ballots.

The election will be officially canvassed next week. Atchley and Carver are scheduled to be sworn in during the Jan. 12 City Council meeting.