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10 Feet, 10 Inches Keeps Pastor Chris Thornton, Appointed To McKinney City Council, From Taking Seat

McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - Ten feet, ten inches.

It may not seem like a long distance, but it's far enough to keep a McKinney pastor from taking a seat on the city council.

Pastor Chris Thornton was appointed to the city council on December 1 to replace La'Shadion Shemwell who was voted out of office in a November recall election.

Chris Thornton
Chris Thornton (credit: City of McKinney)

But it turns out Thornton actually lives 10 feet, 10 inches outside the district for which he was appointed.

The mixup has been blamed on the city and now the council is expected to appoint Angela Richardson-Woods to the seat at the next city council meeting.

Angela Richardson-Woods
Angela Richardson-Woods (credit: City of McKinney)

She will serve in that seat until the next McKinney City Council election in May 2021.

Richardson-Woods is a current board member of the McKinney Community Development Corporation.

She has more than 25 years of experience in rural community development as a Community Program Specialist with the USDA Rural Development Agency where she administers the Water and Environmental and Community Facilities Programs in North Texas.




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