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Double Oak voters re-elect late councilman

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Steve Durbin

Steve Durbin is gone, but most certainly not forgotten.

Durbin, who was serving as Double Oak Mayor Pro-Tem, unexpectedly passed away from natural causes on March 19 at the age of 66.

He had filed for re-election to the Double Oak Town Council this May, along with incumbent Dr. Ara Minassian and Scott Whisenhunt.

When Durbin died, it was too late to cancel the election or remove his name from the ballot.

With two open council seats and three candidates listed on the ballot Saturday, Durbin came in with the second most number of votes (120) behind Scott Whisenhunt (194), and 3 votes ahead of incumbent Ara Minassian (117).

The newly-seated Double Oak Town Council will meet on May 15 to decide how to fill the second spot, said Double Oak Mayor Mike Donnelly, who ran for re-election unopposed.

“The results are unofficial until canvassed,” said Donnelly. “If Steve finished second, then council most likely will consider an appointment to fill the seat for 1 year, then the remaining year goes back up next May, as I think I understand it…”

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