A new sheriff, liquor stores and term limits top Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake elections

Elections results are in. Here's what you missed.

Elections results are in. Here's what you missed.

Any Grapevine, Colleyville or Southlake resident who did not have the opportunity to vote early will have one last chance to cast a ballot Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We previously shared a list of contested races on the ballot as well as polling locations by precinct. Here is a rundown of some of the most notable contested races taking place locally.

Grapevine’s Proposition 1

Proposition 1 in Grapevine, if passed by voters, would allow liquor stores in the city. The local option election was placed on the ballot after a petition, which had the financial backing of Total Wine & More, and was circulated in May by Taylor Petition Management, a company hired by the retailer. A political action committee, Grapevine Family PAC, formed in June in opposition to the measure. Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate along with others have contributed to the PAC. To find out more about the proposition, click here.

Colleyville’s propositions 1-5

Colleyville residents will vote on five propositions that, if passed, would amend the city’s charter, which contains the city’s bylaws.

• Proposition 1, which states that no person can serve as a council member or mayor for more than two consecutive, three-year elected terms. If passed, the amendment would be effective in the next municipal election in May and would apply to anyone currently occupying an elected seat.

• Proposition 2 would allow council to vote electronically instead of by vocal ayes and nays.

• Proposition 3 would require the appointments of city secretary, police chief, fire chief, head of the finance department and director of public works to be approved by the council. Currently only the city manager is approved by the council.

• Proposition 4 would eliminate wording in the charter that is no longer needed. It deletes wording added in 2005 that pertained to how the city should transition from five City Council members to six.

• Proposition 5 pertains to who has to fill out a financial disclosure form and how often.

For more information on the propositions, click here.

State Senate District 12

Republican incumbent Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, faces Libertarian opponent Rod Wingo for this Senate seat. In addition to being the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate, Nelson is a former teacher who was elected to the Senate in 1992 after serving two terms on the Texas State Board of Education. Her first campaign chairman was George W. Bush, who later became a Texas governor and U.S. president. Wingo, who hails from Weatherford, is a small business owner who ran for the House District 97 seat in 2012 and 2014 under the Libertarian ticket. Wingo was defeated in both races.

U.S. House of Representatives District 24

Incumbent Kenny Marchant, R-Carrollton, runs for re-election against several opponents this year. Marchant has held the seat since 2005 and supports tax cuts and the reduction in size and scope of the government. According to his website, Marchant has fought to protect private property rights and is a member of Immigration Reform Caucus, the House Tea Party Caucus and the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

Marchant is running against Democrat Jan McDowell, a certified public accountant who has advised employees on tax, budgeting and retirement savings issues. Marchant runs on a pro-choice platform that supports education, Social Security and education reforms.

Libertarian candidate Mike Kolls is making his second run for this House seat and has an accounting degree from Southern Illinois University. He worked as a computer programmer until 1999, and has since worked as a project manager in information technology.

Green Party candidate Kevin McCormick, who said he believes the current issues regarding society, the economy and the environment cannot be solved by the mainstream parties because they are controlled by aristocrats who profit by exploiting the public and the environment.

Denton County Tax Assessor-Collector

Incumbent Michele French and Libertarian candidate Andy Boler are vying for Denton County Tax Assessor Collector. French, a Republican, was first elected to the office in 2012 and has more than 30 years of tax office experience. Boler has lived in Denton County for eight years and would like to lower property taxes if elected, according to his website.

Tarrant County Sheriff

Republican Bill E. Waybourn and Libertarian Max W. Koch III are vying for Tarrant County Sheriff. During the primaries, Waybourn ran against current Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson receiving 54.91 percent of the votes compared to Anderson, who received 45.09 percent of the votes.
By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.