Learn more about the candidates running for Place 5 on Grapevine City Council ahead of the May 6 election. Early voting is from April 24-May 2. Candidate responses may have been edited for length, style and clarity. The incumbent is identified with an asterisk.

William Thorsell did not respond to requests for comment.

Chris Coy*

Experience: More than 32 years of service to Grapevine citizens; Grapevine City Council, 15 years; planning and zoning commission, 12 years; board of zoning adjustment, five years; active community volunteer, including city festivals, Grapevine Rotary Club and Grapevine's Boy Scout Troop No. 7; corporate finance career that facilitates city budgeting and fiscal responsibility

Occupation: Vice president of finance for Authentix

Why are you running?

Grapevine has been my family home for over 33 years. I care about our community, and I am committed to keeping Grapevine a place where people want to live, work and visit. My many years of public service combined with a career in working in corporate finance have given me the tools to understand the city budget and focus on fiscal responsibility while continuing to offer a great quality of life for Grapevine citizens.

What are the biggest issues facing the city?

Grapevine needs to continue its investment in the city's roads and other infrastructure as they age and require maintenance, ensuring residents have access to the high-quality transportation and other infrastructure networks they expect. We also need to ensure that the few remaining open tracts of land are developed in ways that are beneficial for current residents.

If elected, what will be your top priorities for Grapevine?

I’m proud of Grapevine's success, with the many amenities and services we offer our citizens. During my time in office, the property tax rate has fallen 25%, while we have continued to offer outstanding services, including our parks, trails, the REC, infrastructure—all done to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Grapevine. I will continue to focus on fiscal responsibility, and offering great amenities and services to all citizens.