It’s out with the old and in with the new in Keller

05/10/2014 9:29 PM

05/10/2014 9:30 PM

A change of the guard is underway in Keller.

Mayor Pat McGrail, who has led the city of 42,000 in Northeast Tarrant County since 2007, was soundly beaten by challenger Mark Mathews.

McGrail had called this year’s council race a “watershed election” as candidates debated the city’s future and how it should grow.

Mathews, a business owner who has said he wanted to bring new leadership to the council and be a representative for residents, won with 54 percent of the vote to McGrail’s 46 percent.

“It’s still sinking in that it’s over and it came out the way I was looking for,” Mathews said. “There was a pretty good turnout, too, compared to some elections of the past, and I think all candidates did a good job of getting people informed and engaged on issues in Keller.”

He said his first order of business will be to talk with residents and move in the right direction.

“Throughout this whole process I wanted to listen to people and learn what’s going on with the citizens,” Mathews said.

Two council candidates aligned with McGrail, Place 5 incumbent John Hoffman and Place 6 candidate Ken Lewis, also lost.

Bill Hodnett beat Hoffman, 56 percent to 44 percent; in Place 6, Rick Barnes beat Lewis, 57 percent to 43 percent. Doug Miller chose not run for re-election in Place 6.

A major change is also taking place in Euless, which will have a new mayor for the first time since 1993.

Linda Martin, a councilwoman since 2004, was leading by a wide margin in early voting over challengers Tim St. Clair and Darl Easton.

Longtime Mayor Mary Lib Saleh did not seek re-election after 21 years in office, clearing the way for a new leader in the Northeast Tarrant city of 52,000.

Martin had 65 percent of the vote, followed by Easton’s 32 percent and St. Clair’s 3 percent.

In the Euless Place 2 council race, Jeremy Tompkins had 74 percent while Gary Jones had 26 percent. Leon Hogg, the mayor pro tem and Place 2 councilman, did not seek re-election.

Mayors were also elected in Burleson, Keller, Pelican Bay, River Oaks and Trophy Club.

2 propositions fail in Bedford

Bedford had two contested council races. In final totals, Place 4 incumbent Patricia Nolan had 45 percent while challenger Steve Farco had 55 percent.

In Place 6, Roger Fisher had 58 percent and Mark Pflaum had 42 percent. Mayor Pro Tem Chris Brown did not seek re-election.

Voters in Bedford were also voting on 10 propositions, and all but two appeared to be on their way to passing.

Voters rejected Proposition 7, which would have removed a requirement that a municipal judge be a resident of the city and a qualified voter.

Proposition 8, which would remove a four-term limit for a municipal judge, also failed.

Two incumbents won re-election in Burleson city elections.

With 80 percent of the vote, Mayor Ken Shetter easily won re-election over John Glen Garrison, who got 20 percent.

In Place 6, incumbent Ronnie Johnson won with 67 percent, while Robert Gray got 23 percent..

In the Colleyville Place 3 race, Chris Putnam was leading incumbent Stan Hall, 60 percent to 40 percent. Hall has served on the council since 2008.

In Crowley’s Place 5, incumbent Tina Pace won with 56 percent while Lezo “Lee” Foley had 17 percent and Jesse D. Johnson had 27 percent.

In unofficial final results for Dalworthington Gardens’ Place 2, incumbent Guy Snodgrass narrowly won over Chad Woodard, 51.35 percent to 49.65 percent.

In unofficial results in Edgecliff Village, Place 3 incumbent Dennis “Mickey” Rigney (65 percent) won over Jackie Luther (35 percent).

Place 5 in Forest Hill had incumbent Clara Faulkner leading with 60 percent of the vote, followed by challengers Silas Eric Robinson (15 percent) and Carlie Jones (25 percent).

In Grapevine’s Place 6 council race, Duff O’Dell was leading (42 percent) over Deverick P. Jordan (20 percent), Marc Blum (12 percent), and LuAnn Chapman Gatts (26 percent). Incumbent Roy Stewart did not seek re-election.

For Haltom City’s Place 4, Trae Fowler won with 47 percent, ahead of Brent Weast (41 percent) and Willis O’Dell (12 percent). Incumbent Jack Dyess did not seek re-election.

In Haslet’s Place 3 race, Candy Letica lost to incumbent Kathy Hopper, 59 percent to 41 percent.

In Place 5, incumbent Patrick “Pat” Richey, who’s been on the council since 2002, lost with 25 percent of the vote while challenger Richard Groesch had 40 percent and Doug Horak had 35 percent.

Hurst had one contested race, for Place 4, where Anna Holzer won over Joel Downs, 52 percent to 48 percent.

Mansfield’s Place 6 contested

Mansfield’s Place 6 race saw incumbent Wendy Burgess winning easily with 81 percent while Kelvin Stroy Sr. had 13 percent and Kendall Polk had 6 percent.

Pelican Bay had three contested races.

For mayor, Bill Morley was leading with 64 percent over Robin Finstad with 9 percent, Tom Petty with 27 percent and Bartley Scarborough with no votes in complete but unofficial results.

In Place 1, incumbent Ryan Tincher had 81 percent and Randy Carey 18 percent.

In Place 2, K Winkle led with 68 percent over Tish Allen with 32 percent.

In the Richland Hills Place 2 race, Lisa Skier (35 percent) was trailing Allison Barrette (65 percent). Incumbent Toya Norton did not seek re-election.

River Oaks Mayor Herman Earwood (62 percent) won over Councilman Joe Crews (38 percent).

In Place 5, incumbent JoAnn Gordon won with 52 percent against Sherrie Uptmore Dast with 48 percent.

In the Place 3 race to fill Crews’ unexpired term, Bruce Scott won with 42 percent, J Lynn Vandiver had 14 percent, John Claridge 41 percent and Dan Dagel 3 percent.

River Oaks also had one proposition about whether the city should be allowed to sell Schieffer Park. Voters were approving the measure by 64 percent to 36 percent.

In the Saginaw Place 4 race, Alex Drew McCraw lost with 45 percent while Valerie Tankersley had 53 percent. Delbert Sedberry did not seek re-election.

Southlake had two contested races.

In Place 1, incumbent Martin Schelling lost with 49 percent to Dr. Shahid Shafi with 51 percent.

“From now on the City Council of Southlake will pay attention to what the citizens want,” Shafi said.

In Place 6, Gary Fawks won over Virginia M. Muzyka, 55 percent to 45 percent. Incumbent Pamela Mueller could not run because of term limits. Both Fawks and Muzyka are former council members.

“I feel good that my campaign was about getting out my message and I was pretty clear,” Fawks said. “I’m looking forward to serving the citizens of Southlake.”

For Trophy Club mayor, former Mayor Nick Sanders won over incumbent Mayor Connie White. Sanders, who was mayor from 2006 to 2009, had 73 percent to White’s 27.

Trophy Club also had an open seat for City Council Place 1, where Jim Parrow won over Larry Hoover, 82 percent to 18 percent. Incumbent Bill Rose did not seek re-election.

Watauga had two contested races.

In Place 1, incumbent Mike Steele won with 60 percent to Kip Woodruff‘s 40 percent.

For the Place 3 unexpired term, Sandy Bush had 35 percent while Lee Griffin had 51 percent and Russell Clements 14 percent. Place 3 is currently vacant.

In Westover Hills, voters were electing five alderman out of six candidates. Incumbent Kelly Thompson had 18 percent, incumbent Jack Koslow had 18 percent, incumbent John Thompson III had 18 percent, incumbent Elliot Goldman had 16 percent, incumbent Marcus M. Snyder had 16 percent and Tom McDonald had 13 percent.

School districts

Jo Lynn Haussmann, who this time last year was winning a spot on the Watauga City Council, is now going to give the Keller school board a go.

Haussmann was leading for the vacant Place 5 seat with 50.5 percent of the vote, while Jim Joros had 19 percent, Shane Hardin 17 percent and Terry W. King 14 percent.

Haussmann, 62, semi-retired and self-employed, said that state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, encouraged her to run. She also had endorsements from state Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-North Richland Hills, state Rep. Matthew Krause, R-Fort Worth, the NE Tarrant Tea Party and Empower Texans.

In the Keller school district Place 4 race, incumbent Craig D. Allen won with 45 percent while Ed Allen had 35 percent and Michael Goolsby had 19 percent.

“This result, perhaps more than any of my other elections, means a lot to me because I knew it was going to be close,” Craig Allen said.

In Crowley school board’s Place 1 race, Misty Whitley lost with 37 percent to Jay Hinton, who had 63 percent. Incumbent Heather Bright did not run.

In Place 2, incumbent Thedrick J. Franklin won with with 62 percent and Jerry Nugent finished with 38 percent.

For the Place 3 unexpired term, incumbent P.K. Chowdhury won with 62 percent over Rusty Norton with 38 percent.

In Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Place 6, Liz Hatley won with 74 percent, easily outdistancing John Barber with 26 percent. Incumbent Tim Dennis did not run.

In the Grapevine-Colleyville school district Place 5 race, incumbent Jesse G. Rodriguez was leading challenger Troy Greisen, 54 percent to 46 percent with 83 percent of precincts reporting.

In Place 7, incumbent Jorge Rodriguez had 52 percent and Mark Assaad 48 percent in incomplete returns.

For the Mansfield school board’s Place 6, incumbent Danny Baas retained his seat with 70 percent, over Kory Watkins with 30 percent in incomplete returns.

The Northwest school district had three contested school board races that drew 10 contestants.

In Place 5, incumbent Devonna Holland won with 51 percent while Jeremy Burkett had 49 percent in unofficial returns.

In Place 6, Lillian Rauch received 44 percent of the vote, outdistancing five other candidates. Kristi Wade was second with 31 percent.

The Place 7 race saw incumbent Mel Fuller win with 63 percent over Doug Smith with 37 percent.

Staff writers Dustin Dangli, Sandra Engelland, Taylor Prater and Marty Sabota, and correspondent Mark Wright contributed to this report.

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