Waco Councilman John Kinnaird on Saturday prevailed over political newcomer Dustin Weins in the first contested race Kinnaird has had in his four-year council career.
Kinnaird, 36, a banker, racked up 203 votes, or almost 83 percent, compared to Weins’ 42 votes, about 17 percent. Kinnaird prevailed after a low-key race in which Weins reported raising and spending no campaign donations.
Kinnaird said he’s thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve for another two years and move forward with projects that have been in the works since his time on council.
In interviews, Weins, 33, an insurance agent and aspiring standup comic, accused Kinnaird of siding with businesses instead of the general public in votes on payday lending and smoking restrictions. Kinnaird cast the sole dissenting vote on a citywide smoking ban on enclosed public spaces and another lone dissenting vote on an ordinance restricting the terms of loans from payday lenders.
Kinnaird said he would rather leave financial regulation to state and federal government and focus instead on creating alternatives, such as the Community Loan Center he helped start in Waco.
Kinnaird is a trust officer and vice president of Community Bank and Trust and a former member of the Association for Good Government and the city Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is known for his interest in studying the city’s financial health.
District 3 sprawls from Castle Heights and the Brookview neighborhood to Ritchie Road on the border with Hewitt.