Updated at 8:30 p.m.
Joe Burger has defeated incumbent Lorne Megyesi in the race for mayor in Fate.
The Rockwall County Elections Office reported at 8:05 p.m., with all precincts reporting, that Burger had received 386 of 675, or 57.2 percent of the 675 total votes cast in the mayoral election. Megyesi received 289, or 42.8 percent of the votes.
Burger sent the following statement to the Herald-Banner shortly after unofficial final results were published.
"I am honored to have been elected Mayor of Fate today. (Lorne) Megyesi has worked hard to improve the City of Fate for 5 years and I will work hard to move us forward. I hope that the next three years are something that our community can be proud of! Thank you to so many people that helped in my campaign. I appreciate every one of you!"
Megyesi, who will be leading his last council meeting on May 6, thanked the residents of Fate who allowed him to lead the city. Burger will be sworn in on May 13 after votes are canvassed.
"I want to wish (Burger) the best as he leads the City of Fate in its new journey. It has been my pleasure for the past five years to lead this city into a direction that it can grow from," Megyesi said. "I truly wish the City of Fate will grow to its fullest potential.
John Hamilton also defeated John Brandt for place 6 on the Fate City Council with 62.7 percent, or 385 of the 614 votes cast in the city council election. Brandt received 229, or 37.3 percent of the votes.
Early Voting Results
Early voting totals for Fate showed challenger Joe Burger with a narrow lead over incumbent Lorne Megyesi in the race for mayor.
Burger, a former councilman, received about 212 of the 387 votes, or 54.8 percent, cast during early voting, according to the Rockwall County Elections Department. Megyesi has received 175 votes, putting him behind Burger by about 37 votes, or 9.6 percent.
A volunteer at the Fate City Hall voting location told the Royse City Herald-Banner that 293 people voted on Saturday, and reported little to no wait times. Election Day results have yet to be published as of 8:00 p.m.
As for the race for place 6 on the Fate City Council, county elections department numbers showed John Hamilton, who is running for a council seat for the second time, with 210 of 349 total votes, or 60.2 percent, cast in the council seat election.
John Brandt, Hamilton’s opponent, received 139 of the votes, putting him behind by about 71 votes.
An earlier report incorrectly stated the total number of votes Joe Burger received. The report has been edited to show the correct number. We regret the error.