The Plano City Council censured member Tom Harrison, who was asked to step down by other elected council members, in a special meeting of the city council on Sunday.
Harrison, however, apologized but said he would not resign over his Facebook posts.
Harrison said: “I will not comment on the advice of my attorney, but I will not resign.”
In Plano, it will be up to the voters to determine if the 73-year-old Harrison would be elected again. He took office on his four-year term in 2015. Plano officials said the censure does not mean the council can remove him from office.
Despite the social media posts of one city council member, Plano is an inclusive city that welcomes all, the mayor said at the State of the City presentation and again Sunday.
Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said: “We want to make sure if you are in Plano, you feel that you belong. That must be embodied by the privileged eight that sit on that council chamber.”
The Mayor was clear in his position and said Harrison should resign immediately if the council man cares for the city.
Before Harrison’s posts, the Mayor himself had been under fire by some on the city council for not representing Plano at the White House
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Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere welcomed Toyota home to Texas on Monday night, as the city council approved tax incentives.
The mayor said Plano estimates a projected economic benefit of $7 billion during the next 10 years. Toyota’s move is expected to create at least 760 new jobs as the company moves from California.
Mayor LaRosiliere told reporters: “Those numbers are staggering. It’s so much more than what they bring. Their families will be here. Their kids are going to play soccer and baseball with us. They are going to be terrific citizens that make Plano the city of excellence.”
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Quick look at the Plano races. Filing deadline is March 1. Election day May 11.
Mayor – Harry LaRosiliere vs. Fred Moses
Place 2 – Ben Harris
Place 4 – Lissa Smith
Place 8 – David Downs
Notable: Mayor Phil Dyer and Place 8 councilman Lee Dunlap are not running for their spots. Dunlap has reached term limits in service to the city for his Place 8 position.
Place 1 – Tammy Richards
Place 2 – Carrolyn Moebius
Place 3 – Nancy Humphrey vs. John Caldwell
Place 6 – Marilyn Hinton vs. Yoran Solomon
Place 7 – Missy Bender
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