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Coy wins Grapevine council runoff

GRAPEVINE — Chris Coy said a door-to-door campaign made the difference in his City Council election victory Saturday over Traci Wilkinson. Coy won the Place 5 seat with 57 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results

“I tried to reach out to people some more,” Coy said. “I did some walking around directly and talking to people, rather than just rely on mailings.”

Coy, a member of the city Planning and Zoning Commission, said his city experience also helped.

“That prior experience is relevant, and there is enough complexity in the Grapevine municipal setup that the background and experience will help me to contribute from the day I take office,” said Coy, a district sales manager for American Airlines. He also complimented Wilkinson on her campaign.

Wilkinson congratulated Coy and wished him well.

“I’m disappointed, but I respect the opinion of the voters, and that is all I can do,” she said.Phil Lang and Becky St. John also ran for the seat but were eliminated in the four-way contest in the regular election May 10. Nobody got a majority of the vote, triggering Saturday’s runoff. Longtime Mayor Pro Tem Ted Ware, who held the Place 5 seat, decided to not run for re-election this year.

Roy Stewart was unopposed for re-election to his Place 6 seat in May.

Wilkinson, an attorney and small-business operator, said she’s undecided on running again. In 2006, Wilkinson ran for mayor in a three-way race with John Kutch and Mayor Bill Tate. Tate won. In 2007, Wilkinson ran in a four-candidate race that included Mark Born and Rob Undersander for Place 3, but Mike Lease took the seat after defeating Wilkinson in a runoff.

Grapevine runoff results

Chris Coy: 805 votes, 57 percent

Traci Wilkinson: 610, 43 percent

Registered voters: 27,614

Turnout: 5.1 percent

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