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Early Voting for City Council Candidates Begins This Week

Apr 28, 2014 12:51PM ● Published by Dia

By Christina Mlynski

Early voting for the May 10th City Election begins Monday, April 28 and will continue through Tuesday, May 6.

Early voting location for all Tarrant County entities conducting an election will be held at Town Hall and take place on the third floor in rooms 3A and 3B. Additionally, Trophy Club MUD – Svore Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Drive, is an early voting location.

Four City Council candidates are running for office, including Martin Schelling and Shahid Shafi in Place 1 and Virginia M. Muzyka and Gary Fawks for Place 6.

Change is in the air for Southlake City Council with an open seat and another up for election.

Incumbent Martin Schelling filed on the first day to run again for the Place 1 spot.

Schelling is seeking re-election and has voiced many commitments to Southlake, including demanding transparency in government, ensuring fiscal conservatism and supporting Southlake schools and youth athletics.

"As a recent two-term CISD School Board Trustee, I enjoyed working with Martin for the betterment of our schools and our community,” explains former CISD School Board Trustee John Thane, according to Schelling’s website.

He continues, “Martin was instrumental in improving security at all of our campuses through his efforts to expand the Student Resource Officer program. Martin found common ground between CISD and the City of Southlake and used those common threads to build a stronger relationship between the two organizations. "

Surgeon and local resident Shahid Shafi is also running for the Southlake City Council Place 1 spot.

Shafi has voiced various issues throughout Southlake, including apartments, traffic and city-school partnership, and has offered commitments to combat such challenges.

For instance, Shafi believes that the City Council must partner with its school districts to efficiently use our tax dollars for the benefit of Southlake's families and their children.

Gary Fawks and Virginia Muzyka both filed for Place 6 on the first day, and both served the Council in previous terms.

 Fawks served on the City Council from 1996 to 1998 and was involved with the planning and development of Southlake Town Square from concept plan to grand opening.

He was also instrumental in securing Southlake’s only Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, Sabre

Fawks has various plans within his vision if elected to City Council, including stopping the trend of higher-density development, working to lower the tax burden on homeowners and partnering with the school districts to maximize tax dollars.

“Gary Fawks has a vision for Southlake that reflects the input I hear consistently from the community,” says City Council member Carolyn Morris. “Gary was involved in the creation of many of Southlake’s ordinances and master plans that have helped build our nationally recognized and award-winning city. I recommend and support Gary Fawks for Southlake City Council.”

 Muzyka has served as the Mayor Pro Tem as well as the chairman of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #1. Additionally, she was the vice president of Southlake Parks Development Corporation.

 Muzyka’s platform consists of various efforts, including supporting Southlake’s Master Plan to develop quality low to medium density neighborhoods, promoting transparency in the city’s government and supporting a balanced budget while living within the means with no tax increases.

 “Virginia has worked for many years to continue to help make Southlake one of the premier cities in the country,” says Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes. “Her dedication to public service and her spirit of volunteerism is unsurpassed in the northeast Tarrant County area. It has been an honor to work with Virginia to help make our community a better place in which to live and work.”

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