Southlake Journal

May 12, 2014

Election results show new leaders

Challengers win city council seats in Southlake, Colleyville.

Incumbents in Southlake and Colleyville City Council were unseated in Saturday’s election while both Colleyville- Grapevine school district incumbents in contested races bested their challengers.


Chris Putnam takes the City Council Place 3 seat.

Putnam won the seat from incumbent Stan Hall with 60 percent of the vote to Hall’s 40 percent of 2,000 votes during the May, 10 elections.

“We tried to make this about important things that Colleyville has got to deal with and people obviously responded,” he said.

Putnam, who moved with his family to Colleyville in 2006, ran to bring a new voice to council that represents the residents who may feel ignored on issues like the renovation of Glade Road.

Hall has served on council since 2008.

Incumbent Jody Short ran unopposed for Place 4.

The city will swear in elected officials at the June 3 City Council meeting.


City Council’s Place 6 drew four people seeking to take the spot of Councilman Roy Stewart, who is retiring. They were Duff O’Dell, LuAnn Chapman Gatts, Deverick P. Jordan and Marc Blum. The first two are slated for a runoff.

O'Dell, who had 1,025 votes, will be facing off against Chapman Gatts, who had 645 votes.

The runoff will be June 21, with early voting June 9-17.

In the entire election Saturday, there were 2,524 valid votes out of a possible 28,783 votes, representing 8.77 percent. Those stats came from Jodi Brown, city secretary.

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.

Chapman Gatts, who owns a financial planning and investment business, ran on the platform that was important to keep Grapevine’s unique mix of historic preservation with being a premier destination for both convention and leisure visitors.

Blum ran on the platform of using his more than two decades of managerial and problem-solving experience to enact and support policies that empower local businesses, first responders and Grapevine citizens.

Jordan ran on the platform that his expertise in commercial real estate would set him apart and allow him to be a fundamental voice on the City Council.

Incumbent Chris Coy ran unopposed for Place 5. Coy, who joined the Grapevine City Council in 2008, said he will continue community service efforts.

Coy celebrated Saturday night by taking his wife on a movie date.


Dr. Shahid Shafi has taken the City Council Place 1 seat from incumbent Martin Schelling, according to unofficial results.

Shafi’s 52 percent of the vote edged out Schelling’s 48 percent of 3,320 votes.

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

Schelling ran on his experience with city government. He’s served in some capacity for 20 years.

Shafi ran on his opposition of high density housing like the recently approved condominiums in Town Square and his promise to vote with the residents on all issues.

Gary Fawks will return to City Council after beating Virginia Muzyka for the Place 6 seat.

Fawks’s 55 percent of the vote was enough compared to Muzyka’s 45 percent of 3,286 votes.

“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.”

Fawks recalled his service on city council as setting the standards and ordinances for the Southlake of today and wants to return and keep that vision.

Fawks served on the council from 1996-2001, and was mayor pro tem from 1998-2001.

Pamela Muller, who current holds the Place 6 seat, was unable to run because of term limits.

Muzyka campaigned on her promise to maintain the city’s budget and see the master plan through.

The City Council will canvas the election results on May 19.

Grapevine Independent School District

Two incumbents faced challengers while Leon Leal, board vice president for 2013-14 who was elected to the board in May 2008 and reelected in May 2011, ran unopposed for Place 6.

In the race for Place 5, incumbent Jesse G. Rodriguez ran against Troy Greisen.

Rodriguez won, 54.50 percent to 45.50 percent.

“I’m very excited,” Rodriguez said Saturday. “It’s awesome.”

As an experienced board member and the only master trustee on the board, Rodriguez said he ran because he is committed to bringing the school district’s strategic plans to fruition.

Greisen, vice president of regional operations for Special Olympics International, said he ran because he has devoted his personal and career life to a personal commitment to serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and wanted help all children in the district.

In the race for Place 7, incumbent Jorge Rodriguez ran against Mark Assaad.

Rodriguez won, 52.13 percent to 47.87 percent.

Rodriguez said Saturday that he looks forward to “the successful implementation of the district’s LEAD 2021 strategic plan.”

Assaad is a community leader who ran on the platform that the Grapevine-Colleyville community needs to reclaim its position as one of the top districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in Texas.

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