Local candidates file in first week
02/03/2014 3:04 PM
02/03/2014 3:04 PM
[Update] Shahid Shafi filed for Southlake City Council Place 1 on Feb. 3. Shafi, a surgeon, has lived in Southlake for a little over 9 years.
Cities and school districts opened candidacy filing for the May election on Jan. 29 and candidates began filing right away.
Here’s a look at who has filed in the first week and some issues facing cities and school districts.
Colleyville has two City Council seats up for election and both incumbents filed on day one.
Incumbents Stan Hall, Place 3, and Jody Short, Place 4, hope to keep their seats on a council that has reviewed plenty of incoming development.
Hall joined the Council in May 2008 and Short has served since 2011 with an earlier stint from 1999 to 2001.
In the previous year, the city saw numerous proposed residential developments to fill out the city’s remaining land and that should continue in 2014. With Whole Foods opening its doors this summer on Colleyville Boulevard, the Council hopes to see more commercial developments come along.
Two Grapevine incumbents’ positions expire this year: Chris Coy in Place 5 and Roy Stewart in Place 6. Only Coy has filed for re-election and three newcomers are seeking Stewart’s spot.
Coy, who joined the Grapevine City Council in 2008, said he will continue community service efforts.
Seeking the Place 6 post are Marc Blum, Duff O’Dell and LuAnn Chapman Gatts.
With an open seat and another up for election there’s bound to be a change on Southlake City Council.
Incumbent Martin Schelling filed on the first day to again run for the Place 1 spot.
Gary Fawks and Virginia Muzyka both filed for Place 6 on the first day. The two have both served the Council in previous terms.
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Muller, who holds Place 6, has met the city’s two-consecutive-term limit.
The city has continued to see plenty of developments in both commercial and residential aspects.
City leaders will discuss the future of the Community Recreation Center, which has been broken into two parts. The first part featuring community rooms and a new senior center will begin construction this summer, while city leaders plan to introduce a bond election to allow citizens to decide if they want to complete the center with fitness spaces, aquatic center and more.
Carroll Independent School District’s Board of Trustees has three seats up for election and three people filed on the first day.
Craig Rothmeier, incumbent and board secretary, filed for re-election in Place 1. Bradley Taylor filed for Place 2, and Sheri Mills filed for Place 3 on the first day.
While the district is following a successful academic year, it continues to look forward.
Carroll has gotten the wheels rolling on a district-wide comprehensive plan that will take the work of both staff and community. Curriculum changes that will occur following the passage of House Bill 5.
Grapevine Colleyville ISD
Grapevine Colleyville school district’s board of trustees has three seats up for election and four people filed the first week.
Jesse G. Rodriguez, incumbent, has filed for re-election for Place 5. Troy Greisen also filed for Place 5.
Leon Leal, incumbent and board vice president, filed for re-election in Place 6.
Jorge Rodriguez, incumbent and board president, has filed for re-election for Place 7. Mark Assaad also filed for Place 7.