Updated at 12:30 a.m. This story has been updated to reflect the latest results.
Southlake residents will elect two new members to City Council on Nov. 3 as the races for Place 1 and Place 6 pit four new candidates against each other.
For City Council Place 1, Sabreena Hakemy and Kathy Talley are vying for a seat currently held by Council Member Shahid Shafi.
Latest results with a majority of vote centers reporting indicate a lead for Talley against Hakemy in the race for Place 1. Talley holds roughly 58% of votes, with Hakemy receiving nearly 42%.
Hakemy is an entrepreneur, business owner and the director of a community bank. She has lived in Southlake for 27 years. Her platform focuses on lowering property taxes; preserving lower-density, single-family homes; reducing traffic; and maintaining parks and open spaces.
Talley is an event chair for Art in the Square, a Carroll Education Foundation board member and a board member for Metroport Meals on Wheels. She has lived in Southlake for 25 years. Talley’s platform includes a commitment to lower-density, single-family housing and lower property taxes as well as a reduction in traffic and improving local parks and recreation resources.
The Place 6 race is between Victor Avila and Randy Williamson. One of those two candidates will replace outgoing Council Member Christopher Archer.
Latest results show Williamson leading Avila with roughly 66% of votes. Avila has 34% of the total.
Avila is a retired federal agent. His platform focuses on the safety and security of citizens and their property, especially in schools as well as lowering property taxes with a balanced budget and preventing the development of apartments or any multifamily housing.
Williamson is a sales executive and former council member. He served on Southlake City Council in Place 4 from 2013-19. Williamson’s platform includes his intention to sustain what is described as Southlake’s history of high-quality, no-high-density housing, practicing sound financial judgment and reducing property taxes. He has also focused on public safety and residential well-being, especially for children, and the vitality of Southlake businesses.
These results are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk and ballots are still being counted. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9, if they were sent from outside the U.S.
Tarrant County announced in a statement late Nov. 3 that 11,000 of the 69,941 mail-in ballots received as of 9 p.m. are expected to be rejected by their voting machines and will need to be replicated before they can be counted. The statement did not say when the counting of these mail-in ballots might be completed.
For complete 2020 election results, visit the Community Impact Newspaper results page.