With 100% of Tarrant County precincts reporting, Coley Canter was elected to the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Board of Trustees.
Canter received a total of 4,399 votes, or 63.02%, over challenger Tommy Snyder, according to unofficial election results from Tarrant County on Dec. 8. Snyder received a total of 2,581 votes, or 36.98%.
Results are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas Election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by election day, Dec. 8.
Canter could not immediately be reached for comment.
Early voting results for the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Place 5 runoff election show Coley Canter leading with 64.24% of the vote, according to Tarrant County results. Canter has a total of 3,518 votes compared to 1,958 votes for challenger Tommy Snyder.
In a Q&A with Community Impact Newspaper in October, Canter said she is a part-time human resources generalist and community volunteer with 25 years of experience. Her platform focuses on the growth and academic achievement of students as well as on developing innovative learning strategies and campus safety.
"I am knowledgeable about the district's goals and strategic plan due to my extensive experience serving on PTA local and council boards, campus excellence committees and district community committees," Canter said. "I pledge to continue learning everything I can in order the make GCISD the best it can be."
Snyder has experience working in finance. His campaign priorities include improving academic performance, school safety and a focus on transparency on the school board.
"I have learned leadership means making tough decisions and directing limited budget dollars where they have the greatest impact," Snyder said. "We should do the same with our schools."
The runoff election was triggered after no candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the three-way race in the Nov. 3 election. The GCISD board of trustees passed a resolution in 1999 that requires candidates to receive the majority of the votes to be declared the winner.
Votes are still being counted by Tarrant County elections officials. This story will be updated as more votes are tallied.