John Terrell has led Southlake wisely and well in six years as mayor, and there is no better measure than the 66 percent increase in sales tax collections since 2009.
Southlake’s growth and success make the city the envy of North Texas in many ways, and voters must consider economic development in choosing a new mayor.
Under Southlake’s term-limits system, Terrell must step down, but former council members can come back.
Seven-year council member Laura Hill is running for mayor, saying she wants to see a luxury hotel project and other planned development along the north side of Texas 114.
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Hill, co-owner of a company that publishes telephone directories, acknowledges residents’ resistance to residential growth but says complaints about luxury townhomes near Southlake Town Square are a “manufactured issue.”
Opponent Carolyn Morris, a retired schoolteacher and administrator with 12 years on the council, views Southlake’s traffic as an annoyance, not as a sign of job growth or economic success. In particular, she criticizes the new Park Village as overdeveloped and overcrowded.
Laura Hill has the business experience and balanced viewpoint to lead the city forward.
The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends Laura Hill for Southlake mayor.