SPI mayor’s race in runoff; Jones, McNulty to face off



SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — It appears it could be the first time in the town’s history the race for mayor will need to be decided by a runoff election.

Former Island assistant city manager Darla Jones received 417 votes out of the 950 votes cast.

Patrick McNulty, a real estate broker and construction company owner, received 285 votes, narrowly edging out Clayton Brashear by a margin of 41 votes.

Jones and McNulty will meet in a runoff election to fill Dennis Stahl’s unexpired term as mayor.

According to Public Information Officer Nikki Soto, runoff dates will be approved during a regular city council meeting scheduled for May 15.

Jones and McNulty said they intend to continue pushing their same platforms in their runoff campaigns.

“My campaign plans have not changed,” Jones said in a phone interview late last night. “I’m still going to focus on the areas I feel the Island needs to look at, which are infrastructure, health care and responsible tourism.”

McNulty said he plans to continue running a clean, issue-based campaign.

“I think it’s great the election is going into a runoff and I think we all had a great time in the process,” he said. “I plan to continue doing what I’ve been doing.”

McNulty said he is thankful for his supporters and is humbled by everyone who voted for him.

“It was a very emotional experience,” he said. “I think the other two candidates did a great job.”

Jones said she was very happy about the results and believes it was her “strong platform” that helped her qualify for the runoff election.

“Patrick McNulty, who is my opponent, is a good guy and I wish him the best,” Jones said. “We’re good friends. However, he is not the most qualified or the best candidate for this position and I believe I am the best candidate for this position.”

Brashear, owner of Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, could not be reached for comment after the returns came in last night.