Lisa Dunn edges Larry Cummins for Mansfield Council

Riley, Clark elected in unopposed races

MANSFIELD — Lisa Dunn won election to her first full term representing Post 4 on the Mansfield City Council, edging out former Post 5 Councilman Larry Cummins.

According to unofficial results, 73 voters turned out for the Municipal Election in Mansfield Tuesday. Dunn received 38 votes and Cummins received 35, said City Clerk Jamie Ruark.

Dunn was elected two years ago to fill the unexpired term of the late Larry Haigwood. She said tightening city finances is her top priority as a city councilwoman. Dunn also campaigned on the need to develop a clear vision for the city. She’d like to reinstate a beautification committee that is no longer active that brought many good ideas for upgrades to Mansfield.

“It’s humbling to serve the people. I feel a responsibility to help others, and if we have talents we should use them,” Dunn said in an earlier interview with the Citizen.

Dunn, 48, was born in Georgia and grew up in Louisiana. She moved back to Georgia 30 years ago and to Mansfield in 2005. She works for a software development company. She has two sons, Dustin and Bret. She is a member of Newborn United Methodist Church and of the Disciples of Christ Ministry Food Bank.

Dunn faced opposition from Cummins, who switched posts to run against Dunn. Cummins had served for eight years on Post 5.

The race between Cummins and Dunn is the only contested race in Mansfield.

Jeff Riley ran unopposed for Post 3 and received 53 votes. Matt Clark was the only candidate for Post 5 and he received 54 votes.