Voters picked Ed Speakmon June 18 in a runoff for City Council Place 3.
Speakmon and Mitch Holmes received the most votes among four candidates during the May 7 general election. None of them got more than 50 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff between the top two vote-getters.
Speakmon, known to many around town as “Mr. Christmas” for his elaborate holiday decorations at his home, received 932 votes, or 54 percent of the total votes, according to unofficial results from Tarrant County. Holmes got 787, or 46 percent.
Speakmon, a former Marine and retired auto repair businessman, said before the election that his main priorities on Council will be encouraging high-quality economic development and discouraging high-density housing development.
Holmes was a Keller City Council member from 2003-11, when he resigned for a business opportunity in West Texas. He ran for City Council last year and lost to Debbie Bryan.
Speakmon, who said he isn’t interested in “gutter politics,” opposed Mayor Mark Mathews, who was the subject of a recall election in May. The recall effort lost, with a small majority of voters supporting Mathews, who will finish out the last year of his term.
Bryan and newly-elected council member Eric Schmidt also supported the recall. Schmidt, Speakmon and family members of Bryan and council member Bill Hodnett signed the petition to recall Mathews.