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Teacher with ‘Duck Dynasty’ ties wins Hurst council seat

Trasa Cobern, whose father stars as Uncle Si in the well-known reality show Duck Dynasty, was easily elected Saturday to the Hurst City Council. She is shown with her husband, Kyle, and sons Brady, Caden, McCrae and Jaxon on Feb. 17.
Trasa Cobern, whose father stars as Uncle Si in the well-known reality show Duck Dynasty, was easily elected Saturday to the Hurst City Council. She is shown with her husband, Kyle, and sons Brady, Caden, McCrae and Jaxon on Feb. 17. Special to the Star-Telegram

Trasa Cobern, whose father stars as Uncle Si in the well-known reality show Duck Dynasty, was easily elected Saturday to the Hurst City Council.

Cobern, 40, a history teacher, defeated Jeff Childers with 73.32 percent to 26.68 percent in complete but unofficial returns Saturday.

“I feel very excited about this. I am just humbled by the amount of people who have helped me out in this whole process,” she said.

Childers said that this was his first time to run and that he appreciated everyone who supported him.

“I don’t feel badly about it, considering my opponent’s position in the community and her celebrity status,” he said.

Mayor Richard Ward was re-elected to a seventh term with 60.65 percent of the vote, easily defeating his opponents, city former finance director Anita Thetford, who received 22.39 percent, and retired engineer Joel Downs, with 16.96 percent.

I feel very excited about this. I am just humbled by the amount of people who have helped me out in this whole process.

Trasa Cobern

Cobern said that people are “happy” with the council and that she has proved she can work well with and “get along” with them.

Ward, 80, said he is ready to serve another two-year term.

“It’s a great feeling to win. I think people are happy that things are run so smoothly. I think the council is supportive and happy with my plans and goals,” Ward said.

Euless

Incumbents Eddie Price and Tim Stinneford easily won re-election. In Place 1 Stinneford, 62, got 76.36 percent of the vote in complete but unofficial returns, while Tim St. Clair, 46, received 23.64 percent.

In Place 3, Price won with 71.39 percent, with Aaron Lindeman receiving 28.61 percent

The challengers wanted to see the city curb spending and quit giving incentives to developers. But Price and Stinneford said Euless has kept the tax rate low. Developments such as Glade Parks are also booming.

Bedford

In the Place 5 council race, incumbent Roy Turner, 77, a retired physician, trounced his opponent, Darryl Day, garnering 58.05 percent to Day’s 41.95 percent.

“I’m very excited and ready to get back to work to help this city move forward,” Turner said.

During the campaign, Turner and Day had opposing views on Bedford’s future and how the city should be managed. Turner described how the city is attracting businesses and how it kept businesses during the North Tarrant Express construction.

Day was critical of the city’s handling of the Boys Ranch Lake project and also said some small businesses plan to leave Bedford when their leases are up for renewal.

Day said that the results show that about half of Bedford residents aren’t happy with the direction the city is going. “It was my honor to represent them and be their voice for this race for change in Bedford,” he said.

Elizabeth Campbell: 817-390-7696, @fwstliz

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