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Wilkinson, Coy in runoff for Grapevine council seat

GRAPEVINE — Grapevine residents won’t know until June 14 who will sit in Place 5 on the City Council after Saturday’s municipal election ended in a runoff between Traci Wilkinson and Chris Coy.

In the race between Wilkinson, Coy, Becky St. John and Phil Lang, none of the candidates received the needed majority to win.

Wilkinson was the top vote-getter with 47.3 percent, followed by Coy at 27.5 percent. Of the city’s 27,529 registered voters, 6.4 percent turned out to cast ballots.

The seat is being vacated by Ted Ware, who is stepping down from the council after 29 years, attracting hopefuls to take a shot at only the second seat vacated by an incumbent in 10 years.

In Place 6, the other seat in this year’s election, incumbent Roy Stewart won with no opposition. Coy, a 41-year-old airline sales executive, is running on his development experience, maintaining the city’s appearance and promoting a walkable downtown area, and experience on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Wilkinson, a 42-year-old attorney and small-business operator, is running on a platform of continuing to attract businesses to Grapevine, sustaining development of the downtown area and a promise to listen to residents’ concerns.

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