Arlington

Helen Moise defeats Barbara Odom-Wesley for Arlington City Council seat

Barbara Odom-Wesley and  Helen Moise are running for the Arlington City Council District 1 seat.
Barbara Odom-Wesley and Helen Moise are running for the Arlington City Council District 1 seat. Handout photos

Voters in north Arlington chose an experienced real estate professional as their new City Council member.

With 5 of 5 precincts reporting In unofficial returns, Helen Moise, a retired real estate consultant and chairwoman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, defeated Barbara Odom-Wesley, a retired healthcare professional who is the daughter of former mayor Elzie Odom.

Moise had 56 percent of the vote while Odom-Wesley had 44 percent. The incumbent, Charlie Parker, chose not to seek re-election.

In the other contested City Council race, District 6 incumbent Robert Shepard defeated Chris "Dobi" Dobson, who has run numerous times for mayor and council seats. Shepard had 66 percent of the vote while Dobson had 34 percent with 27 of 27 precincts reporting..

Voters were also overwhelmingly approving the renewal of a quarter-cent of the sales to street repairs and maintenance.

With 27 of 27 precincts reporting, 84 percent of voters were in favor while 16 percent were against.

The sales tax generates about $14 million to $15 million annually to repair potholes and cracks in roadways. It would have expired on Dec. 31 if voters hadn't approved it again.

Moise, who worked in commercial real estate and asset management for 35 years before retiring in 2015, has said her real estate experience and time on the P&Z gives her a good understanding of economic development and commercial real estate growth.

She worked in commercial real estate and asset management for 35 years before retiring in 2015

Moise said she was "ready to get to work" and represent all of north Arlington.

Odom-Wesley, who retired in 2015, also pursued a career in academia, teaching at Texas Woman's University in Denton, her alma mater, for 32 years. She and also worked as an adjunct professor at UT Arlington. and was a health information management professor at DeVry University when she retired.

Both candidates are troubled by short-term rentals' impact on neighborhoods, especially in District 1.

"My job is to make sure north Arlington's voice is heard," Moise said.

The proxmity to the entertainment district has led to more north Arlington short-term rentals, such as those rented through websites like Airbnb and Vrbo.

During the campaign, Moise and Odom-Wesley both said short-term rentals were a critical issue to north Arlington because of noise, garbage and parking problems that plague some neighborhoods.

Arlington boosters would say it's already happening with 26 restaurants, new downtown apartment complexes and a new library opening in June.



Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna
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