Boerne mayor: Political newcomer handily beats long-time councilwoman

Frank Ritchie defeats Nina Woolard without traditional campaign

Frank Ritchie will be the new mayor of Boerne after easily winning the election against longtime City Councilwoman Nina Woolard. (KSAT)

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The City of Boerne has a new mayor.

Frank Ritchie, a political newcomer, easily beat longtime City Councilwoman Nina Woolard in the May 6 election — 76% to 24%.

Current mayor, Tim Handren, did not seek re-election.

Ritchie is a mechanic who owns an auto repair shop in Boerne. He declined KSAT’s request for a campaign photo.

Still, many grew to learn his name in a campaign that was fueled by grassroots support.

Ritchie ran on the platform of managing growth in the fast-growing city. He didn’t fundraise because he didn’t want to owe anyone anything.

In a March 9 post on his public Facebook page, Ritchie said he was choosing not to campaign in a normal fashion.

“I choose to put my hat in the ring for mayor for a lot of reasons but I also notice that no one else stepped up at all besides my opponent Nina and I wish her the best,” Ritchie posted. “As for my qualifications, in all honesty I probably am not qualified if there is such a thing to be qualified for politics. I am honest , hard working and believe in being transparent and holding the office with integrity and passion for a town I love dearly.”

See the full ballot results here.

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