O’Dell to take Grapevine City Council post after election runoff

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After a runoff election Saturday between two women vying for the City Council Place 6 seat being vacated by Roy Stewart, Duff O’Dell is the newest City Council member.

With the addition of O’Dell, the City Council features three woman and three men, in addition to Mayor William D. Tate.

With 1,648 votes cast, O’Dell won with 972 votes (59.12 percent) to LuAnn Chapman Gatts, who had 672 votes (40.88 percent), according to Stephen Vickers, chief deputy elections administrator in Tarrant County. Four voters did not make a selection.

O’Dell could not be reached for comment Saturday night.

Said Chapman Gatts: “The dedication of my supporters and all the work they did makes me extremely proud. I look forward to working with the citizens to continue Grapevine’s unique culture.”

At the June 17 City Council meeting, the mayor and City Council said fond farewells to Stewart, who chose not to seek reelection.

City Council’s Place 6 drew four people seeking to take Stewart’s spot. Four ran in the May 10 election — the other challengers were Deverick P. Jordan and Marc Blum.

At election end, a runoff was required between O’Dell, who had 1,025 votes, and Chapman Gatts, who had 645 votes.

In the entire May 10 election, there were 2,524 valid votes out of a possible 28,783 votes, representing 8.77 percent, according to Jodi Brown, city secretary.

On June 6, local watchdog group A Better Grapevine sponsored a debate between the two final challengers.

Kathleen Thompson, a member of the group founded in 2011, said she wanted the voters to get a better chance to get to know the candidates.

O’Dell, who co-owns a business in Grapevine, says her platform was a vested interest in helping keep Grapevine great for generations to come.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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