Patrick McNulty defeated Darla Jones yesterday in the runoff election to fill former Mayor Dennis Stahl’s unexpired term.

McNulty, a real estate broker and construction company owner, received 488 votes to Jones’ 388.

“I am honored to be elected mayor of the city with the best beach in Texas,” McNulty said.

“I am looking forward to working with this council to make South Padre Island the best it can be.”

McNulty said the election had “many great discussions regarding the future of South Padre” and that Jones “ran a good campaign.”

“I’m completely proud of the campaign that I ran and I wouldn’t change a thing I did,” Jones said.

“I wish Patrick McNulty the best.”

McNulty said he is “very proud of his supporters.”

“They have all worked countless hours over the past four months,” he said.

“This has been an intense election and they all deserve a huge thank you.”

In the special election held May 4, McNulty received 285 votes and former Island assistant city manager Jones drew 417.

Business owner Clayton Brashear received 244 votes and fell short of the runoff.

The runoff election was ordered because none of the candidates received 50 percent of the vote.

Canvassing of the election results will be conducted July 10 at 3 p.m. during a special called City Council meeting at City Hall, 4601 Padre Blvd., according to South Padre Island Public Information Officer Nikki Soto.

Alana Hernandez