Northeast Tarrant

Southlake elects its first female mayor

Laura Hill
Laura Hill

Voters have chosen Laura Hill as the city’s first female mayor and Shawn McCaskill as their new councilman.

More than 4,500 Southlake voters turned out for Saturday’s election that saw Hill capture 60 percent of the vote over Carolyn Morris.

McCaskill took 55 percent of the vote to win the City Council Place 2 seat over former councilwoman Pamela Muller.

Hill said her Council experience would help the city move ahead in a time of growth. She said she wants to focus on allowing the city’s infrastructure to keep pace with its rapid development growth. She wants the best developers placed at the city’s remaining land, and she supports more open space within the city.

On May 19, the city canvas the votes and hold a reception for new mayor and council.

McCaskill said he believes voters want a new voice on City Council.

“They can expect someone who will consider all matters with an open mind and open heart, and look at the facts and look at the law and make a decision that’s in the best interests of all Southlake residents and their quality of life,” he said.

McCaskill, a former Planning and Zoning Commission member, said voters can expect him to continue the trend he set in Planning and Zoning: working for low-density, high-quality developments. He also plans to maintain conservative funding, increasing cash reserves and increased support for Carroll school district.

John Huffman will join the Council in Place 2.

Residents overwhelmingly voted to use local sales tax revenue to fund the construction and operational costs of the community recreation center, The Marq, with 72 percent of the vote.

The city will use a portion of sales tax dollars to fund the construction and operational costs of the center’s second phase that includes a fitness center, indoor aquatics, gymnasium, classrooms and more.