Election filing starts for city council, school board seats in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

Candidate filing for the May 1 election opened on Jan 13 and closes Feb. 12. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Candidate filing for the May 1 election opened on Jan 13 and closes Feb. 12. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Candidate filing for the May 1 election opened on Jan 13 and closes Feb. 12. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The filing period for local elected offices opened Jan. 13 ahead of the May 1 elections. Various positions are up for grabs this year, including seats on the Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake city councils; Grapevine-Colleyville ISD; and Carroll ISD.

The filing period ends Feb. 12. Early voting is from April 19 through April 27. Election day is May 1.


Longtime Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate filed paperwork Jan. 13 to run for a 16th term. Tate was first elected to City Council in 1972 and served as mayor from 1973 through 1985 and again from 1988 to today.

“I am ready, willing and able to continue to serve this great community, the Grapevine way, by bringing residents together for the common good and finding solutions that keep Grapevine the best place to live, work, raise a family and enjoy retirement,” Tate wrote on his Facebook page.

Tate will likely face at least one challenger. Wine Fusion Winery owner Nicholas Kaufman announced on his Facebook page that he will also be running for mayor, though paperwork has not yet been turned in to the city.

“As a small business owner on Main Street for over five years, I've seen the needs of our local businesses and residents firsthand,” Kaufman said. “The three things I want to focus on most are bringing servant leadership to our community, city planning for our future, and keeping family first.”

Grapevine City Council members Paul Slechta and Sharron Rogers both filed Jan. 13 to run for re-election. Slechta was first elected to his Place 1 council seat in 2015. Rogers, who holds the Place 2 council seat, was first elected in 1985.

Grapevine mayor and council members are elected to three-year terms.


Southlake City Council Member John Huffman, who currently serves on Place 5, has filed to run for mayor. He also announced his campaign on Facebook.

“I’m running for mayor because I want to be a part of securing our future for our children,” Huffman said in a video. “I want to help lead us to a stronger and brighter tomorrow, and I want to help, with you, build a community that our kids will move back to with their kids someday, that they’ll be proud to call home.”

Southlake Mayor Laura Hill has reached her term limit as mayor and cannot run again this spring.

Local entrepreneur Sabreena Hakem has filed for Place 2 on the Southlake City Council.

“As a serial entrepreneur and successful businesswoman, I would lend a fresh perspective to the Leadership of our City,” Hakem said. “My promise to you is this–I will work hard every single day to protect the interests of Southlake citizens, families and neighborhoods.”

Randy Robbins, a physician at Texas Health Harris Methodist in Southlake, has also filed for Place 2.

“I think most of us absolutely believe that Southlake is the greatest city in America, and my goal is to maintain that level of excellence going forward while always striving to find areas of improvement,” Robbins said on his Facebook page.

Carroll ISD

Two candidates so far have filed to run for Place 5 on the Carroll ISD board of trustees.

Hannah Smith is a religious liberty lawyer and education advocate, according to her website.

“I have spent much of my life teaching and advocating for educational excellence and other values my family holds dear,” Smith wrote on her Facebook. “I pledge to focus my passion for teaching and educational excellence to benefit all our Dragons.”

Lynda Warner also announced her candidacy for Place 5 on Facebook.

Other races

Other races on the May 1 ballot include Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Place 5 and Place 6, Colleyville City Council Place 5 and Place 6, and Carroll ISD Place 4.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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