Two Colleyville City Council seats, Place 5 and Place 6 are up for grabs in the May 9 election.
Colleyville residents Nancy Coplen and Elizabeth Zeitlin are in the run for the Place 5 seat.
Coplen is running on a platform that emphasizes her experience in preserving “family, flavor and freedom.”
“I don’t do anything until I’ve done my research and I’m not off the cuff,” Copeln said. “I may not vote the same as everyone else, but I stick to my convictions.”
Her family platform focuses on her experience in three terms as a Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District trustee. For flavor, she wants to preserve the city’s rural atmosphere, which she said she has done through her time with city committees and local organizations. For freedom, she said the main function of the government is to maintain and improve the city’s infrastructure and improve economic development so people can live how they want.
Elizabeth Zeitlin has become more involved with the city to preserve Glade Road and believes she can make a larger impact on City Council by serving in the Place 5 seat.
“When I got involved I realized so many things people are concerned about that’s just not getting through to council,” she said. “I’d like to see some change in City Hall.”
Zeitlin said her goal is to bring more transparency to local government and will listen to community members. She said she is not afraid to go door to door to have conversations with residents. As a councilwoman, she plans to tackle infrastructure issues, look at adding variety in the city’s economic development. She said she is interested in exploring term limits.
Challenger Bobby Lindamood will take on incumbent Mike Taylor for the Place 6 seat.
Lindamood became more involved with the local government in the campaigns to protect Glade Road, make Texas 26 six lanes and fighting TexRail from coming through Colleyville. He said his experience with those issues made him feel as though city leadership is not listening to its constituents.
“I do not like bullies and I feel like residents are being bullied,” he said. “Residents need their voices to be heard.”
Lindamood said his top priority is bringing accountability, honesty and transparency to the Council. He said he will listen to all sides of issues and is pro-business and pro-citizen.
Incumbent Mike Taylor said he wants to keep his seat on council and continue the work he’s done to improve Colleyville.
“Right now we need a common sense, conservative voice that listens to all sides of the issue,” he said. “I hope people will look at their backyard experience, I’ve done a reasonable job.”
Taylor said he will continue to bring in businesses residents want, preserve the quality of life for current and future citizens. He said he wants to maintain the quality of life with responsible growth, maintaining the city’s infrastructure and a strong public safety department.
Johnathan Blume who had filed, withdrew from the race.