Letters to the Editor

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Dear Editor:

I moved to Grapevine in 1998 and in 2000 I met Mike Lease at an event for an organization that assists people with disabilities. I served with him to raise money for these people who needed our help, and through Mike’s organized thoughts, positive motivation and a “get it done” attitude, we were successful.

In business, his success has been based on focus and a solid work ethic with a goal structure that has led to his success. These same traits have been put to use during his tenure as your Place 3 Councilman for six years.

I'm casting my vote for Mike Lease, a candidate with a long term history in Grapevine and a "Big Picture" vision as a resident, area business owner, very active volunteer with civic groups, historical preservation and events that promote Grapevine. His goals are truly to serve our city.

On May 11, please consider voting for Mike, a vote in support of our city and our families.

Dear Editor:

We are writing in support of Grapevine City Council member Mike Lease, who is running for re-election to Place 3.

Gary and I are residents of Grapevine as well as business owners. Our businesses are Farina’s Winery & Cafe and Antique Revival, located in the Historic District at 418-420 S. Main Street.

Mike Lease has done an excellent job as a city council member during his first two terms. He has worked diligently for the city as an advocate for residents and businesses alike. Mike is very active in the community and easily accessible to his constituents. Mike has both the city's development as well as the quality of life for residents in mind when considering decisions being made by our city government.

As residents, we have benefited from several initiatives in which Mike has been involved, such as lowering our property taxes twice and improving our recycling program with the new covered rolling recycle bins.

As business owners on Main Street, we were a part of the initiative that Mike supported to install the fire suppression system in the Historic District.

Mike is a person of high integrity and a man of his word. He is a trustworthy and ethical man whose opinions and leadership we trust greatly.

We fully support Mike for another term on the Grapevine City Council.

The citizens of Grapevine have benefited tremendously from the many initiatives that Mike has supported through his two terms in office and we know that the city will continue to improve and be better with Mike being a part of our city government.

Dear Editor:

I fail to understand the push to establish term limits in Grapevine.

We enjoy low taxes, high revenues. wonderful amenities. Our city officials are constantly striving for improvement and never satisfied with stagnation.

We are highly respected and emulated by our friends in nearby cities because of our imaginative ways and our never ending quest to improve a great city and make it greater.

Our city teems with new and innovative ideas and the entire mid-cities area thrives because of it. We have recently received the 2012 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award for cities under 1,000,000 citizens. Our continued success is largely due to local government stability and continuity.

Does this city really need a makeover?

For these and other reasons, I am opposed to term limits in Grapevine. Please cast your vote for a Greater Grapevine and vote no to term limits.

Dear Editor:

We proudly endorse Mike Lease for re-election to Grapevine City Council, Place 3.

Mike has a strong voting record supporting policies that keep taxes low while expanding city services. Mike led the initiative to bring affordable recycling bins to Grapevine, which enhances environmental efforts while maintaining expenses within the budget. We also appreciate Mike’s dedication to increase and improve Grapevine’s recreational facilities such as our beautiful parks and the community activity center.

Having had the privilege of knowing Mike for many years, we can attest to the fact that he is a dedicated family man and a tireless public servant, dating back to his service in the United States Army and continuing today through his countless hours as a volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce, AMBUCS and city festivals.

Mike is a visionary leader and an asset to Grapevine. We stand behind our friend Mike Lease.

Dear Editor:

As a Grapevine resident and business owner I endorse Mike Lease for Grapevine City Council Place 3.

Bermuda Gold & Silver has been on Main Street for more than 30 years. Mike is a strong supporter of historical downtown Grapevine. As a historical property owner, I appreciated the proposal from the city council to provide fire suppression systems. The property owners partnered with the city and this ended up being a win-win for all of us.

Recently Mike helped me resolve a project for my business. He guided me through step by step and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Mike supports such projects as the Dove & Parr Park splash parks, the Community Activity Center expansion and the award winning Oak Grove Ballpark.

The conservative spending of taxpayer dollars has only enhanced our already good quality of life in Grapevine.

In my opinion, Mike has been and will continue to be an excellent leader in our community. His love for Grapevine has enabled him to achieve great success in his past terms and will continue to drive him to future endeavors.

Dear Editor:

On May 11, I ask you to go and vote for Mike Lease, Grapevine City Council Place 3.

Mike Lease along with Mayor Tate and the rest of the Grapevine City Council and our city staff have led Grapevine to its envied position as not only a destination for visitors from around the world but also a terrific place to both live and work.

Mike’s involvement with the business of our city along with the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce and service clubs proves his leadership in our community. Mike needs your vote either during early voting or on May 11.

Mike Lease has served two terms as city council member Place 3 with many positive accomplishments during those terms. Your vote counts, vote for Mike Lease.

Dear Editor:

It seems that change is the theme of this election, but there hasn’t ever been a specific item or negative identified.

Grapevine enjoys one of the lowest tax rates in the area with the highest quality of city services. Our parks and recreation facilities are second to none with major improvements every year. Tourism provides additional tax dollars from conventions, events and visitors to the historic districts, hotels and the mall.

I don’t see anything that I want to change.

Mike Lease and Darlene Freed have provided great leadership during their tenure on the council. They have been open to change, have had a vision for the city and worked to make that vision happen. We need to keep our current city council to maintain the stability we have come to enjoy.

Being a council member requires knowledge of business, finance, the city structure and committees. There is no reason to change from a stable, experienced city government just to make it “easier” for less than qualified candidates to be elected. If term limits are enacted, will qualified people run for election? Will we be forced to pick between two unknowns? And why are so many people outside of Grapevine pushing for term limits here?

I want Grapevine to continue to prosper and thrive without drama.

Join me in voting against term limits and re-electing Mike Lease and Darlene Freed.

Dear Editor:

I have had some experience/interchange with the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District over the past couple years. Every time I have a concern or query, Leon Leal responds first

He genuinely wants to hear what’s on your mind. He’s the only person interacting with the citizens before every board meeting. He is confident, capable and uses sound reasoning when deciding issues.

I have never heard anyone have a negative comment about the man.

As he has been during his time served on the GCISD School Board, I believe he will skillfully and capably serve the city of Grapevine on its city council.

We need “do-ers” on the council, someone who can stand his ground on what he believes will be right for the city.

The man needs to be gold plated and cloned and I believe is worthy of your vote.

Cherry Satterfield Grapevine Robbie and Gary Farina Grapevine Jim O’ Niel Grapevine Blaze and Ashley Anderson Grapevine Debi Meek Grapevine Ken Johnson Grapevine LuAnn Chapman Gatts Grapevine Paul Hart Grapevine

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