Incumbents re-elected to Grapevine City Council

Posted 10:03 p.m. May 11

Incumbents Mike Lease and Darlene Freed won new three-year terms Tuesday night, according to unofficial totals from the Tarrant County Elections Administration.

"I'm ecstatic," said Lease, about both his re-election and the voters' rejection of term limits for the mayor and city council.

He won 59.8 percent of the vote to opponent Leon Leal's 40.2 percent. Lease said he thought the race might have been closer.

"My opponent ran a good, clean race and has a lot of name recognition. I have voted for him twice myself," Lease said.

Leal is a member of the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees.

Freed won 71 percent of the vote to Marc Blum's 29 percent. She said she is looking forward to keeping city projects moving ahead, including the new public safety building and expansion of the Community Activities Center.

Freed, a real estate broker who has lived in Grapevine for more than 29 years, said she sees continuing balanced development as a priority, and listed Grapevine's attraction of Eatzi's, Pappadeaux, SeaLife, Legoland, AMC dine-in theaters and Great Wolf Lodge as accomplishments by staff and council during her terms.

She said that she considered her continued open-mindedness and accessibility as key priorities.

Lease, a businessman, named completion of the DFW Connector highway project as a priority of his, as well as completion of the planned new public safety building and the expansion of the city Community Activities Center.

He also wants to see more retail development and more projects such as park renovations and expansion.

Results are unofficial until canvassed.


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