Grapevine - Colleyville - Southlake Edition | April 2021

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The GCISD esports program has more than doubled in size since its two high school teams were established in 2018.

B u i l d i n g a l o c a l c o m m u n i t y Esports Area leaders are expanding access to esports training, whether that means preparing kids for careers in the billion-dollar competitive gaming industry or nding new ways to build community among players. This fall, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will expand its high school esports program to middle schools, Chief Technology Ocer Kyle Berger said. BY KIRA LOVELL

Voters prepare for local May elections

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Voters in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake will head to the polls May 1 to elect new city council and school board members. Ballots will includemayoral races for Grapevine and Southlake, city council races for all three cities, and school board seats for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Carroll ISD. “The president, the national elec- tions and even gubernatorial have more appeal, and they get a lot of cov- erage, but it’s the local ones—it’s your city council, your mayors, your school boards—those are the people that aect your life every day,” said Peggy CONTINUED ON 16 Dates to know ahead of the May 2021 elections: Early voting: Election day: APRIL 19-27 MAY 1

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Each semester, teams at Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School compete in “League of Legends” and “Rocket League” games organized by PlayVS, a company that governs high school esports leagues across the country. (Courtesy Kyle Berger/GCISD)

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COMING SOON 7 Muchacho Comida Tex-Mex is expected to open a new location in Southlake Town Square in April. The restaurant and chef Omar Flores will occupy the former location of Snuer’s restaurant at 321 Grand Ave. E., South- lake. The restaurant will serve Tex-Mex favorites and authentic, regional Mexi- 8 A new Grapevine Animal Services animal shelter will open April 19 at 500 Shady Brook Drive, Grapevine. The new shelter will be 13,500 square feet, or three times the size of the previous shelter. Funds for the project came from a 2017 citizen-approved bond. 817-410-3370. www.grapevinetexas.gov/1251/ animal-services RELOCATIONS 9 Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu , a martial arts school in Southlake, relocat- can cuisine. 469-513-2944. www.muchachotexmex.com

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NOWOPEN 1 American Bear Logistics , has leased a new southwest hub location at the Southlake Business Park at 419 Bank St., Southlake, as of March 30. The Chi- cago-based global logistics supplier specializes in ocean and land freight transport. 630-422-1487. www.americanbearlogistics.com 2 Two Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen locations held soft openings in mid-Feb- ruary in Southlake. One operates at A Buca Di Beppo Italian Restaurant, 2701 E. SH 114, Southlake, and one operates at B Brio Italian Grille, 1431 Plaza Place, Southlake. The delivery-only restaurant oers Fieri’s signature dishes, includ-

5 Smoothie Factory opened in early March at 3825 Glade Road, Ste. 110, Col- leyville, as part of a new 10,000-square- foot retail center at the intersection of Glade Road and Heritage Avenue. The juice bar oers a variety of pro- tein-packed smoothies and juices as well as power bowls. 817-494-3211. www.smoothiefactory.com 6 Tommy John , a lifestyle brand of underwear and apparel, opened at 1426 Main St., Southlake, in Southlake Town Square on April 3. The 1,925-square-foot space is the brand’s rst North Texas lo- cation and its second Texas store. Tommy John was founded in 2008 and recently signed a four-year partnership with the Dallas Cowboys. www.tommyjohn.com

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Try new wines and take in art along Grapevine’s Main Street. A passport includes three 3-ounce tastings and one food sample at participating wineries. The Blessing of the Vines, a Grapevine tradition for a good harvest, will take place at 2 p.m. at Grapevine Main Plaza. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wine passports can be picked up 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $45 (per person, advance), $50 (day-of). 815 S Main St., Grapevine. 817-410-3185. www.grapevinetexasusa.com (Courtesy Grapevine CVB)

The Texas Chamber Music Project will present a program of classical and jazz music at the Messina Hof Grapevine Winery Bandstand with wine cocktails provided by Messina Hof. Bringing a chair or blanket is recommended. 7-10 p.m. Free, $20 (reserved table seating). 201 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-442-8463. www.txcmp.org (Courtesy TXCMP/Michelle Glasscock)

22 GRAPEVINE JOB FAIR The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce will host a job fair at The REC of Grapevine. Employers include Bass Pro Shops, Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Homes, Courtyard/Townplace Suites by Marriott, Gaylord Texan Resort, Great Wolf Lodge, Hotel Vin, Trinity Metro and others for over 100 positions. Some companies will be interviewing and hiring on the spot. Candidates are encouraged to bring a resume and can register online. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The REC, 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine. 817-481-1522. www.grapevinejobfair.com 24 TEXAS JUNIOR ANGLERS ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION Enjoy shing with the whole family at the Colleyville Nature Center with prizes for children under age 16. Attendees will receive free Arbor Day shirts and trees while supplies last. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 100 Mill Wood Drive, Colleyville. 817-247-5474. www.texasjunioranglers.org

24 THIRDANNUAL COLLEYVILLE CAR SHOW Colleyville City Hall will host a car show with food, awards, outdoor games and more. Live music will be provided by The Cover Tones, a classic rock cover band. Cars, trucks and bikes can all sign up to participate. 9 a.m.-noon. Free (registration and attendance). Colleyville City Hall, 100 Main St., Colleyville. 817-503-1000. www.colleyville.com MAY 01 AND 2ND WELLNESS EXPO Visitors can check out exhibitors oering products and services for body and spirit and attend talks on holistic medicine, personal growth and more at this expo. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $7 (single-day), $10 (weekend); free (children under 12, adults over 65). Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. 972-925-9393. www.wellnessexpo.net

APRIL 05 GOLF SHOOTOUT The Southlake Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf shootout April 5. 1:30-6:30 p.m. $195 (includes lunch and dinner). Cowboys Golf Club, 1600 Fairway Drive, Grapevine. Interested parties can contact Victoria at victoria@southlakechamber.com or reserve online at https:// southlakechamber.com/golf-shootout 10 CRAWFISH BOIL AT DAYLIGHT GOLF Enjoy live music at Daylight Golf’s rst annual crawsh boil as part of the sports bar’s grand opening. Noon-10 p.m. Free. 2505 E. Grapevine Mills Circle, Grapevine. 817-394-4782. www.daylightgolf.com 13 YOUNG ADULTS GATHERING The Gateway Church Southlake campus invites young adults ages 18-30 to a service and community-building event. 7 p.m. Free. Palace Events Center,

300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-552-5800. www.gatewaypeople.com 17 EARTHDAY HIKE Hike the Preserve Trails to Lake Grapevine with Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve sta and learn about native plants and animals and about local history along the way. 10 a.m.-noon. $5 (Southlake residents), $7 (nonresidents); online registration required. 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-748-8019. www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com 17 SPRING INTONASH Nash Farm will host guests for springtime activities and demonstrations that early settlers would have enjoyed, including gardening, jump rope-making, wood carving and campre cooking. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission); some activities cost up to $8. 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3558. www.grapevinetexasusa.com

Find more or submit Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Construction begins on L.D. Lockett Road right-turn lane

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Construction began in early March on a westbound right-turn lane at the intersection of L.D. Lockett Road and Precinct Line Road. The city of Colleyville project will take an estimated 90 days and requires that Lockett be closed to eastbound trac between Precinct Line Road and Heron Drive. Eastbound trac will be detoured north on Precinct Line to McDonwell School Road and south on Westcoat Drive. Lockett is still open

Construction of a right-turn lane on L.D. Lockett Road began in March. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Phase 2 of FM1938 project nishes in Southlake

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In March, the Texas Department of Transportation nished the second phase of an eight-year-plus reconstruction project on FM 1938 in Southlake. A partnership between TxDOT, Tarrant County, the city of Southlake and other entities, the $37 million second phase reconstructed the roadway from one lane in each direction to two lanes in each direction with raised curb medians. The second phase stretched from Randol Mill Road to FM 1709. Phase 1, completed in 2012, upgraded FM 1938 to a six-lane, divided roadway from SH 114 to south of Dove Road.

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Timeline: summer 2021-2023 Cost: $1.2 million Funding sources: Tarrant County, city of Grapevine

County approved funding for Grapevine improvements UPCOMING PROJECT On March 23, Tarrant County Commis- sioners Court approved a contract for almost $300,000 in improvements to the 200 block of Ruth Street in Grape- vine. Improvements include repaving the roadway, curb-and-gutter replace- ment and 10 new driveway ramps. The project is part of ongoing work to reconstruct a portion of Worth Street near the Grapevine Faith elementary and junior high campus.

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• Grapevine Born and Raised • Over 15 years of experience in business to include experience in HR, compliance, ethics, employee relations and safety. • I will bring a fresh and energetic perspective to the city and always put the needs of the residents first. SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS GRAPEVINECOLLEYVILLE &CARROLL ISDS The two school districts are in the midst of adjusting COVID-19 guidelines across their campuses. GCISD’s 2021 spring guide addresses COVID-19 response on campuses. Its changes will be in eect for the remainder of the school year. For one, elementary school students will no longer have to use plexiglass dividers in classrooms, and those under quarantine will be allowed to return to campus after seven days if they test negative and display no symptoms. Visitors will be allowed back on campus at the discretion of individual campuses, and limited outdoor events will be allowed. CISD’s board of trustees decided in early March to maintain current safety guidelines across all district campuses, but it will reevaluate those protocols April 5 based on recommendations from the CISD COVID-19 Task Force. The task force met April 1 to discuss various issues, such as mask use, desk shields in classrooms, and plans for end-of-year events. Colleyville City Council Meets at 7:30 p.m. the rst and third Tuesdays of each month. MEETINGSWE COVER Meets at 7:30 p.m. the rst and third Tuesdays of each month. www.grapevinetexas.gov Southlake City Council Meets at 7 p.m. the rst and third Tuesdays of each month. www.cityofsouthlake.com Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board Meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. www.gcisd.net Carroll ISD board Meets at 5:30 p.m. the rst and third Mondays of each month. www.southlakecarroll.edu www.colleyville.com Grapevine City Council

Chamber earns 5-star accreditation

LOCAL VACC INAT ION RATES*

Colleyville Grapevine Percentage of residents who have received at least one vaccine dose: Southlake

*As of March 31

BY SANDRA SADEK

SOURCE: TARRANT COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

42 .66% of residents vaccinated

39% of residents vaccinated

28.8% of residents vaccinated

GRAPEVINE The Grapevine Cham- ber of Commerce has been awarded a ve-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for “its sound policies, eective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community.” The Grapevine Chamber of Com- merce is one of 38 accredited cham- bers in the state, 21 of which have achieved ve-star status, according to a chamber press release. Of 7,000 chambers in the United States, only 125 have received a ve-star accredi- tation, the release said. Grapevine Chamber CEO RaDonna Hessel said the accreditation serves to recognize the work done every day by the businesses that “support, lead and guide” the chamber. “To have this recognition come after the year of COVID-19 makes it an even greater testament to the power of our chamber,” she said.

County administers 580K-plus vaccine doses

BY IAN PRIBANIC

the highest percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In com- parison, a total of 39% of Southlake residents have received at least one dose; 28.8% of Grapevine residents have received at least one dose; and 11.36% of Fort Worth residents have received at least one dose. In addition, a total of 863,951 reg- istrations for the COVID-19 vaccine have been conrmed through the TCPH registration portal. County residents and nonresi- dents can register for the COVID-19 vaccine at www.tarrantcounty.com.

TARRANT COUNTY As of March 31, a total of 581,842 coronavirus vaccine doses have been adminis- tered in Tarrant County. According to the Tarrant County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, 93% of vac- cinations, or 541,500 doses, have gone to Tarrant County residents. At the county level, 18% of residents, or 388,614, have received at least one dose, and 198,000 residents, or 9% of the county population, have been fully vaccinated. Of cities in northeast Tarrant County, Colleyville, at 42.66%, has

City to consider proposedParkVillage sculpture

BY SANDRA SADEK

workshop in January. The art instal- lation will replace the fountain that previously was in that spot. According to the project proposal, the sculpture will “have great pres- ence in the space and will become a place-making/iconic piece of art for the community.” City Council is scheduled to con- sider the contract with the artist at its April 6 meeting.

SOUTHLAKE The Southlake Arts Council has recommended to City Council that an abstract sculpture by Arkansas-based artist Hunter Brown be placed at Park Village by late spring or early summer. The 15-foot stainless steel sculpture, called “Take O,” will honor the site’s previous life as an airport. The sculpture was rst discussed in a joint

Hunter Brown is the artist for the abstract artwork. (Rendering courtesy of Innovative Sculpture Design)

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GUIDE L O C A L V O T E R G U I D E 2021 COMPILED BY IAN PRIBANIC

D A T E S T O K N O W

Voters in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake are eligible to cast their ballot at any Tarrant County voting location during early voting and on election day, May 1. W H E R E T O V O T E

April 19 First day of early voting April 20 Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)

April 27 Last day of early voting May 1 Election day May 1 Last day to receive ballot by mail (unless late- arriving deadline applies)

S A M P L E B A L L O T

P O L L I N G L O C A T I O N S

*Incumbent

GRAPEVINE CITY COUNCIL Mayor Nick Kaufman William D. Tate* Place 1 Paul Slechta* Place 2 Breann Burke Theresa Lopez Strayer Sharron (Spencer) Rogers* SOUTHLAKE CITY COUNCIL Mayor John Human Debra Edmondson Place 2 Sabreena Hakemy Randy Robbins Place 5 Elisha Rurka Amy Torres-Lepp

COLLEYVILLE CITY COUNCIL Place 5 Amyn Gilani Chuck Kelley* Place 6

CARROLL ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

GRAPEVINE 1 The Rec of Grapevine 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine COLLEYVILLE 2 Colleyville City Hall 100 Main St., Colleyville SOUTHLAKE 3 Southlake Town Hall 1400 Main St., Southlake

OTHER NEARBY LOCATIONS 4 Keller Town Hall 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller 5 Brookside Convention Center 1244 Brookside Drive, Hurst 6 Family Life Senior Center 300 W. Midway Drive, Euless 7 Dan Echols Center 6801 Glenview Drive, North Richland Hills 8 North Richland Hills Library 9015 Grand Ave., North Richland Hills

Place 4 Lynda Warner Cameron “Cam” Bryan Place 5

Kurt Meyer, II Callie Rigney*

Hannah Smith Ed Hernandez

GRAPEVINE COLLEYVILLE ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Place 1 Shannon Braun Mindy McClure* Sergio Harris Place 2 Becky St. John* Stetson Clark

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SOURCE: TARRANT COUNTY ELECTION ADMINISTRATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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MAYORAL Q&A

Get to know the candidates running for mayor in the local elections

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Incumbent

GrapevineMayor Occupation: attorney Relevant experience: more than 50 years as a lawyer on Main Street; former Grapevine city attorney, council mem- ber; current mayor www.votegrapevine.com WILLIAM D. TATE

SouthlakeMayor

Occupation: business owner Relevant experience: NICK KAUFMAN

DEBRA EDMONDSON

Occupation: business owner Relevant experience: City Council member for six years; commit- tee and board chair; owner of Black Door Renovation www.johnhuman.com JOHN HUFFMAN

Occupation: attorney Relevant experience: owner of law practice in Southlake; B.A. from UTD; J.D. from SMU;

more than 20 years of management and leadership experience; opened Wine Fusion winery in 2014; Red Cross volunteer www.nickforgrapevine.com

two terms on Southlake Planning & Zoning; one term on City Council www.facebook.com/debrafortexas

Why are you running for oce?

Why are you running for oce?

We depend on sales tax to support city ser- vices because about two thirds of our land is tax-exempt. Our sales taxes have suered as the result of the pandemic because the tax is produced by retail and hospitality, which have been hard-hit by the economy. It is not a good time for me to abandon the city and change leadership. I fully support our business community.

I’m running for oce because I believe the people of this town have a voice and deserve to be heard. I want to help our residents be more involved in the decision-making process. I will communicate regularly and will seek feedback often. Our city has grown by tens of thousands over the last decade, and the mayor’s role is a job that needs passion, energy and progressive thinking.

I am running for mayor because Southlake is facing an unprecedented crisis with respect to public health and safety, economic decline and rising racial tensions about which the current mayor and City Council have done little. If anything, they have exacerbated the problem by openly taking sides. City Council and Carroll ISD must work together for the sake of all our families.

My commitment—my promise—to the people of Southlake is that as mayor, I will preserve and protect what makes South- lake the place we know and love. In the last six years, I have lowered city property taxes, increased residential tax exemptions, encouraged business growth and protected green space wherever possible. As mayor, I will continue to do so.

If elected, what will be your top priorities?

If elected, what will be your top priorities?

Support our businesses to get our economy going again so we can preserve our low ad valorem tax rate. Continue to ght for good planning in our city to keep our single-family residential neighborhoods free from intru- sive short-term rentals. Develop our Railroad District along Dallas Road to encourage new commercial development that will help support Main Street.

Bringing true servant leadership to our council by working with them on all issues of the city as a team. Family rst, because I am a family man: We will create core values based on the feedback of residents. City planning: We have so many opportunities for the remaining development of our city. We need a plan that will strengthen … businesses.

As mayor, I will lead a review to address Southlake’s emergency preparedness. As mayor, I will lead initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, support small-business growth and recruit major corporations. As mayor, I will work with key stakeholders to determine what concrete actions the city can take toward mending the racial divide that has put Southlake in the national news.

I will continue our record of tax relief for our businesses and homeowners. I will lead the way in protecting green space and our semirural feel wherever possible through strategic investments and smart development. I will strengthen and support the city’s emergency response and disaster preparedness functions, implementing lessons learned.

What is the city’s role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic?

What is the city’s role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic?

We will continue to lobby the governor to give city ocials a greater role in the future. In the meantime, we will work with other government agencies to make sure the vaccines are available as soon as possible to our citizens. We will continue to monitor and assist the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. We will continue to … encourage citizens and visitors to shop and dine in Grapevine.

Southlake must be ready to address the next pandemic and learn from the current one. As mayor, I will work closely with vaccine distribution centers to expedite vaccine rollouts to our public employees, educators, students, front-line workers and at-risk res- idents. The city needs to lead the way by … canceling city events or moving them online [and] not holding in-person meetings.

The city’s role is always safety rst. The city must ensure that any policy it passes does not infringe on our residents’ constitu- tional rights. I can tell you adamantly that I would not have supported the shutdown of businesses in Grapevine. I would have fought tirelessly for the businesses that were closed by the governor, and I would not have backed down.

Early on during the pandemic, we imme- diately took strategic steps to mitigate the nancial impact on the city’s budget. Mayor Hill then asked Council Member Shawn Mc- Caskill and me to build and lead the city’s Economic Recovery Task Force. We relaxed some of the city regulations, such as our sign ordinances, and gave busi- nesses more exibility to operate.

Answers may have been edited for length. Read full Q&A’s for all your local races at https://communityimpact.com/gcs-2021-candidate-qas .

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CANDIDATE PROFILES

Get to know the candidates running in the local election

Incumbent

Southlake City Council Place 2

Southlake City Council Place 5

Occupation: entrepre- neur Relevant experience: Southlake Zoning Board of Adjustment for two SABREENA HAKEMY

Occupation: physician Relevant experi- ence: Experience as a business leader in an extremely competitive environment; experi- RANDY ROBBINS

Occupation: founder and CEO of Texas Excel Title Relevant experience: Two years on the AMY TORRESLEPP

ELISHA RURKA

Occupation: “mother of dragons” Relevant experi-

ence: As a committed Southlake citizen and parent, I’ve consistently stepped forward with innovative ways to foster community and bridge divides. www.facebook.com/elishaforsouthlake

Southlake Planning & Zoning Commission, which was instrumental to my under- standing of … development. www.teamamysouthlake.com

terms; background as a banker; experience in business and enterprise technology

ence as a physician www.facebook.com/ drrandyrobbinsforsouthlake

www.facebook.com/ sabreenaforsouthlake

Colleyville City Council Place 5

Colleyville City Council Place 6

Occupation: solutions architect CHUCK KELLEY

AMYN GILANI

Occupation: home- maker CALLIE RIGNEY

Occupation: sales engineer KURT MEYER II

Occupation: executive Relevant experience: I have over 15 years supporting the federal government on na- tional security-related issues and a strong background building small and large businesses. https://votegilani.com

Relevant experience: In college, I was in student government. In my career, I’ve held several leadership and manage-

Relevant experience: Colleyville Planning and Zoning Commis- sion for two years; Colleyville City Council Place 5 for the past three years www.chuck4colleyville.com

Relevant experience: one term, Colleyville City Council; TIF board; Municipal Judge Review and Selection Commit- tee; CCCPD board; graduate, Leadership Colleyville www.facebook.com/callieforcolleyville

ment roles. In my current role, I am the community outreach lead for D/FW and work with … STEM programs. No website available

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Grapevine City Council Place 2

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees Place 2

SHARRON SPENCER ROGERS

Occupation: retired Relevant experience: member of Heritage Foundation and Histor- ical Society; Nash Farm volunteer; past Cham- ber of Commerce and Grapevine Republican Party member No website available THERESA LOPEZ STRAYER

Occupation: human resources BREANN BURKE

Occupation: retired Relevant experience: Grapevine City Council,

BECKY ST. JOHN

Occupation: asst. pub- lic housing coordinator Relevant experience: I have an extensive record of work and civic experience and have held numerous campus, district, community and organizational positions. https://beckyforplace2gcisd.com

Relevant experience: It is important to have a balance of tenured City Council members along with new members. I look forward to being that fresh per- spective for Grapevine. www.breannforgrapevine.com

Planning & Zoning Commission, Crime Control and Preven- tion District, Economic Development Corp.; American Airlines, Spencer Engineering Inc. No website available

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees Place 1

Occupation: operations analyst Relevant experience: STETSON CLARK

Occupation: board member Relevant experience: I’ve been heavily involved as a volunteer in our schools and our communities for close to 25 years. MINDY MCCLURE

Occupation: parent Relevant experience: I am a mom. I am a GCISD graduate, as is my husband. I have chaired events, worked in classrooms and served in church. SHANNON BRAUN

Occupation: teacher Relevant experience: I feel one of my strongest qualications is the fact I have been an educator in the public school system for the past 10 SERGIO HARRIS

My career path and desire to be a leader … has given me skills and knowledge that will benet the immediate needs of our district. www.stetsonforschoolboard.com

years … with a variety of students. www.facebook.com/sergio-har- ris-gcisd-school-board-candi- date-105260188308968

www.facebook.com/shannon- braun-for-gcisd-school-board- place-1-102285358576123

www.facebook.com/mindy-mc- clure-gcisd-board-of-trustees- place-1-935742066470663

Carroll ISD board of trustees Place 4

Carroll ISD board of trustees Place 5

Occupation: retired Relevant experience: I am procient at analyz- ing standardized tests, … a critically needed skill as we move for- ward and assess how LYNDA WARNER

CAMERON “CAM” BRYAN

Occupation: attorney Relevant experience: With degrees in edu- cation policy and law, I have dealt with many of the educational and legal issues that face public HANNAH SMITH

Occupation: business consultant ED HERNANDEZ

Occupation: public service

Relevant experience: I bring over 30 years of capital planning and budget experience, having managed large airport infrastructure programs across the nation. www.facebook.com/cambryan4cisd

Relevant experience: I have 30 years of busi- ness experience. My professional career has been a story of both challenges and continuous learning and growth. www.edhernz.com

COVID-19 has impacted students. We will need to assess performance … to

schools. I have spent 20 years involved in high-prole litigation at top law rms. www.hannahsmith4cisd.com

close any academic gaps. www.lyndawarner.com

Answers may have been edited for length. Read full Q&A’s at https://communityimpact.com/gcs-2021-candidate-qas .

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