Three Places Open on City Council
Feb 27, 2013 05:05PM ● Published by tina
To vote in the May election, residents must be registered to vote no later than April 11, 2013
By Tina Auten, Staff Writer
With six places on the Southlake City Council, at least one place is up for election or re-election each May and this year, Place 3, 4, and 5 are on the ballot. Registered voters will be able to cast their ballots on Saturday, May 11.
Filing began Wednesday, January 30 and closes Friday, March 1. Thus far, only three candidates have thrown the proverbial hat in the ring. Early voting begins April 29 and ends May 7. However, if all City Council candidates continue to draw no opposition after the write in period, then by Council resolution, the election will be formally cancelled.
In preparation for the upcoming election, let’s meet the candidates:
Place 3 – Currently held by Mayor Pro Tem, Brandon Bledsoe, who is running unopposed as of this writing. Councilman Bledsoe has lived in Southlake with his wife, Juli, and children, Cameron and Guen, since 1998 and has been an energetic addition to the community. Before being elected to fill Place 3 in 2009, Bledsoe had several years of experience with the Planning & Zoning Commission and also served as chairman of SPIN (Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods). With over 25 years of professional real estate banking experience, Bledsoe has been a supporter of the city’s master plan known as 2025 and also endorses plans for integrated open space and recreational systems that create value while preserving Southlake’s natural assets.
Place 4 – Currently held by Al Zito (who has not filed as of this writing) and challenged by Randy Williamson. Candidate Randy Williamson has been an active member of the community since moving to Southlake with wife Amy and their four children, Abby, Grace, Ben, and Jake seven years ago. Williamson has coached in the Southlake Baseball Association, Dragon Youth Football, and Southlake Flag Football leagues as well as refereed for the Upwards Basketball Program. He has shown his commitment to the City of Southlake by serving on the Parks & Recreation Board, SPIN, and Planning & Zoning Commissioner. He adheres to a philosophy of fiscal responsibility, which translates to living within our fiscal means and not raising taxes.
Place 5 – Currently held by Jeff Wang who is not seeking re-election, former councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Laura Hill is running for Place 5. In addition to Hill’s previous experience on the City Council, she has volunteered in the community by co-founding both SPARK (Students and Parents Against Risks to Kids) and SASO (Scholars and Athletes Serving Others). Hill has demonstrated determination to keep the children of Southlake safe and has tackled tough issues facing today’s teens such as drugs and alcohol. She recently joined the safety task force created by Mayor John Terrell. Hill has also served as chairwoman of the Recovery Resource Council of Tarrant County, an organization specializing in outreach, intervention, and prevention of drug/alcohol abuse.