Anna voters approve bond; re-elect Pike, Toten

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Anna mayor Nate Pike (center) says he expects a busy three years for the city on the economic front.  Last week, he and a contingent of city leaders spoke about Anna’s rapid development during the D CEO Commercial Real Estate Awards.  From left: Mayor Pro-tem Lee Miller, EDC/CDC Board President Anthony Richardson, Pike, City Manager Jim Proce, Economic Development Director Joey Grisham.

Anna voters overwhelmingly re-elected Nate Pike to serve another term as mayor.  He received more than 90 percent of the 1,349 votes cast in the elections.  Challenger Glen Johnson received a mere 124 votes. In an Election Night social media message to supporters, he said the amount of love and support his family received during the election was truly overwhelming.  He added that he was forever grateful for the support of many neighbors and friends who volunteered on his behalf.

“None of this is possible without my wife, Lacey, and kids who understand the importance of serving our community,” Pike said. “I will continue striving to be the best servant leader possible to Anna, Texas and it’s an honor to be your mayor!”

Now that the election is behind him, Pike says he’s expecting the next three years in Anna to be extremely busy.  He sees a lot of momentum on the economic front with the city working to finalize a deal that would bring a Collin College campus to the city.  He says the city is also generating tremendous interest in its 85-acres business park and expects to announce a deal soon. The passage of all three bond propositions also means that he and city leaders can now focus on building a fire station, a community library, and making major park and recreation improvements.

Bond Propositions Pass With Ease

Anna voters also approved all three bond propositions put forth by the city.  More than 87 percent of them voted in favor of Proposition A, an $8 million bond package to fund a new fire station on the city’s west side as well as new fire equipment.

The closest vote of the three proposals was Proposition B, which authorizes $22 million in bonds to build the city’s first community library. More than 64 percent of voters approved of the measure with well over 35 percent opposed to the move. 

More than 70 percent of voters also approved a measure authorizing $28 million for parks and recreation improvements. A little less than 29 percent of voters opposed the measure

Toten Also Re-elected.

Place 1 City councilman Kevin Toten was able to fend off three challengers to earn his second term.  He earned 57.61 percent of the vote. Local business owner Jimmy Onkangi finished second with 22.84 percent. He was followed by Anthony Richardson with 14.34 percent and Bryan Heath, who garnered 5.21 percent.

Kevin Toten

Unofficial May 1 Election Results

Anna Mayor

Nate Pike        90.51%

Glen Johnson  9.49%

Anna City Council Place 1

Kevin Toten                 57.61%

Jimmy Onkangi           22.84%

Anthony Richardson   14.34%            

Bryan Heath                5.21%

Anna Proposition A (New Fire Station and Equipment)

For                   87.29%

Against            12.71%

Anna Proposition B (Community Library)

For                   64.48%

Against            35.52%

Anna Proposition C (Parks & Recreation Improvements)

For                   71.27%

Against            28.73%