Thursday, June 17, 2021

2021 Candidate Forums to be Held Virtually

The Community Engagement Committee (CEC) is hosting the virtual SPIN Town Hall Candidate Forums for the public to hear from candidates for Southlake mayor, City Council and the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees.  

SPIN is a non-political program dedicated to facilitating citizen engagement and communication between residents and the City. The CEC is a group of citizen volunteers who oversee and facilitate SPIN events. This hosted session is intended to provide an opportunity to familiarize residents with each of the City Council candidates and their platforms. 

The virtual SPIN Town Hall Forum for mayor and City Council candidates takes place on Wednesday, April 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. The virtual forum for Carroll ISD Board of Trustees candidates takes place on Monday, April 12, from 6 – 8 p.m.   

Forums will be broadcast on the City’s cable channel (Frontier channel 34 and Spectrum digital channel 190) and online via Video on Demand. A recording of the forums will be made available within 48 hours of the end of the program.  

 The candidate forums are a public opportunity to familiarize residents with each of the candidates:  

Mayoral and City Council Candidates  


  • John Huffman  
  • Debra Edmondson  

Place 2  

  • Sabreena Hakemy  
  • Randy Robbins  

Place 5  

  • Elisha Rurka  
  • Amy Torres-Lepp  


Carroll ISD Board of Trustees Candidates  

Place 4  

  • Lynda Warner  
  • Cameron “Cam” Bryan  

Place 5  

  • Hannah Smith  
  • Ed Hernandez  



Both forums will use a virtual format. Questions for the candidates should be submitted using the links below:  

Submit a question for City Council candidates.  

Submit a question for Carroll ISD School Board candidates.  

All questions must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. March 26  no questions will be accepted after this date or during the forum. Similar questions may be consolidated or edited for clarity by the CEC.  

Make sure you’re ready for either early voting, starting April 19 or election day, May 1. For more information about the election, visit 

Talley, Williamson to Take Oath of Office at November 17 Council Meeting

Councilmember-elects Kathy Talley and Randy Williamson are scheduled to take the oath of office as City of Southlake councilmembers during the November 17 City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. 

Can’t make it to the meeting? You can watch the Council meeting live or on-demand through our video service. 

Kathy Talley


Talley will serve as the councilmember for Place 1. She has lived in Southlake for 24 years and has been an active part of philanthropy and volunteer organizations. Her volunteer service includes Art in the Square, Southlake Women’s Club, National Charity League, Carroll Education Foundation and Metroport Meals on Wheels. She previously worked in education. 





Randy Williamson


Williamson will serve as the councilmember for Place 6 and has lived in Southlake since 2005. He previously served on the Southlake City Council from 2013-2019 and served as mayor pro tem for four years. During his time on Council, he served on the Southlake Parks Development Corporation, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board of Directors and the SH 114 Corridor Committee. 




Outgoing City Councilmembers Dr. Shahid Shafi and Chris Archer will also be recognized for their service to the Southlake community. Shafi reached his term limit and Archer did not seek re-election. 


Shafi was elected as the Place 1 councilmember in 2014. During his time on the Council, he served on the Metroport Teen Court Committee, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Committee and the Southlake Parks Development Corporation. He has been a Southlake resident since 2004. 





Chris Archer


Archer was elected as the Place 6 councilmember in 2017 and previously served on the Bob Jones Center Board. He is also active with the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Carroll ISD Board of Trustees and the Carroll Education Foundation. He has lived in Southlake since 1998. 





2020 Election Quick Tips

Before you head to the polls, cross these items off your list! 

For more about the 2020 Elections, visit 

2020 Voting Guide – Voter Registration and Early Voting Dates

Election season is here! With only a few weeks before for the next election, here are some important upcoming dates.

  • Last Day to Register to Vote – Monday, October 5, 2020
  • First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance – Tuesday, October 13, 2020
  • Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) – Friday, October 23, 2020
  • Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance – Friday, October 30, 2020
  • Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail – Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day) at 7 p.m.  if carrier envelope is not postmarked, or Wednesday, November 4, 2020 (next business day after Election Day) at 5 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply).

For more information about voting, visit the following webpages:

Partnerships at Work – Tarrant and Denton Counties

When it comes to partnerships, Tarrant and Denton Counties have a long history of working with Southlake for the greater good, which is why collaborating on the election process is a win!

Our partnerships helps the City keep costs down by sharing expenses with other municipalities and allow better governance during the election process.

All elections are handled through their respective election administrators, who manage and coordinate the election process with election judges and clerks. They also hire, train and supervise election staff, supply voting equipment, provide office supplies and place state postings.

Another major benefit to the partnerships is that both the City and County staff members share expertise and knowledge about the laws, procedures, practices, documentation and equipment, which allows the policies to be clear and adaptable and priorities consistent across the board. These partnerships also provide an alternative method of service delivery to our citizens by streamlining an efficient election process, whether that be municipal, county, state, federal, school district, general or special elections.

By strategically partnering with agencies and organizations like these, our City can continue to move forward and elevate our community.

An Inside Look at the Ballot for the Constitutional Amendment Special Election

As early voting wraps up for the Constitutional Amendment Special election, voters can still cast their vote on Election Day which takes place on Tuesday, November 5.

This year’s ballot consists of 10 propositions that may need a little translating, so let’s take a look and see what they mean.

Proposition 1:
“The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”


This would allow elected or appointed municipal judges to hold more than one office at the same time.

Proposition 2:

“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.”


This would allow the Texas Water Development Board to issue bonds on a continuing basis, but not exceeding $200 million to provide financial assistance for development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.

Proposition 3:

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”


This would allow the legislature to temporarily exempt from ad valorem taxation on a portion of certain property located in areas that are declared as disaster areas.

Proposition 4:

“The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association.”


This would prohibit the state from imposing or collecting an individual income tax.

Proposition 5:

“The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.”


This would allow the net revenue from the sales tax of sporting goods to be put toward the Texas Parks and Wildfire Department and the Texas Historical Commission.

Proposition 6:

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”


This would increase the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas bond maximum amount from the $3 billion to $6 billion

Proposition 7:

“The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”


This would increase the amount of distributions the General Land Office can transfer to the Available School Fund from $300 million to $600 million. It will also allow the State Board of Education and other entities to direct funds from land-related proceeds.

Proposition 8:

“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”


A Flood Infrastructure Fund would be created and allow the Texas Water Development Board to use the fund for projects related to drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects.

Proposition 9:
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”


This means that precious metal depositories located in Texas would be exempt from taxation.

Proposition 10:

“The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”


This means that animals who previously worked with law enforcement would be able to be adopted by the handler or a another caretaker.


The City of Southlake does not have any items to be voted on in the November 2019 election.  To view the sample ballot click here.

Election Day schedules, locations and maps for your precinct can be found by using Tarrant County’s Interactive Voter Lookup. Results will be released by Tarrant County as they become available.

For additional questions regarding the conduct of the elections please contact the Tarrant County Elections Offices at 817-831-8683.

City of Southlake Hosts Canvass Meeting

The election results are in! City Officials met on Wednesday, May 15 in Council Chambers to canvass the votes for this past May 4 election.

With the election behind us, the canvass has taken place and the results are as follows: City Councilmembers Chad Patton, Place 3 and John Huffman, Place 5, will retain their places. Newcomer Ronell Smith will take Place 4.

Canvassing is the official tally of votes for any given election.  Results that are posted on election night are deemed unofficial; therefore, a canvass takes place to account for every ballot cast and to ensure that every valid vote cast is included in the election totals. This involves accounting for every absentee ballot, early voting ballots, provisional ballots, challenged ballots and even overseas and military ballots. So, when we say your vote counts, it really does!

Canvass meetings may not be made later than the 11th day after the election but may be made as early as the third day after the election.

Upon completion of the canvass, the City Secretary will prepare the certificate of elections for each new candidate. Before the elected officer may assume the duties of the office, the officer must first file a statement of elected or appointed officer acknowledgment and then take an Oath of Office.

All three Councilmembers are set to take the Oath of Office during next week’s City Council meeting on May 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Meet the Candidates of the May 2019 Election

Are you ready for the May elections? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the candidates for Carroll ISD Board of Trustees and the Southlake City Council at two upcoming Candidate Forums. The candidate forums are intended to provide an opportunity to familiarize residents with each of the candidates and their platforms.

Carroll ISD Board of Trustees Candidate Forum

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum for Carroll ISD Board of Trustees Place 6 and Place 7 on Tuesday, April 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Southlake Town Hall in the City Council Chambers, located at 1400 Main Street.

Southlake City Council Candidate Forum

The Community Engagement Committee (CEC) will host a SPIN Town Hall Forum for the Southlake City Council Place 3, Place 4, and Place 5, on Monday, April 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Southlake Town Hall in the City Council Chambers, located at 1400 Main Street.

The CEC is a City of Southlake Committee and a nonpartisan body dedicated to facilitating communication between residents and local government, typically through SPIN Town Hall Forums.


The programs will start with a meet and greet open house beginning at 6:00 p.m. During this time, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with candidates. Following the open house at 6:30 p.m., the forum will begin with each candidate providing an opening statement. Next, all candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to questions from the audience. Finally, all candidates will be asked to provide a closing statement.

Make sure you’re ready for election day by checking out our voting guide. For more information about elections, visit

Voting Tips – What You Need to Know

Voting season is right around the corner and the City wants to help you navigate through the process with ease. With Election Day taking place in just a few weeks, on May 4, it’s important to know what you need before you go to cast your ballot.

Enhance your voting experience and avoid getting a case of “voting blues” with these helpful tips:

  1. Be registered to vote – In order to cast your vote, you must be registered to vote. New voters can register at least 30 days prior to Election Day. April 4 is the last day to register to vote.
  2. Vote Early – Avoid long lines and frustration by casting your vote early. The busiest days to vote are the last two days of early voting and on Election Day. Early voting takes place: April 22- April 30.
  3. Find the right location for you – You can vote at any polling location in your county during early voting.  On Election Day, you are required to vote at your designated precinct location. The assigned precinct number can be found on your voter registration card or by clicking here.  Locations will also be posted on the City’s website. 
  4. Mail-in Ballot – You can contact the Denton County or Tarrant County election administrations to request your mail-in ballot. You can request a ballot to vote early by mail under three conditions: will be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting, are sick or disabled, 65 years of age or older on Election Day or are confined in jail. All ballots must be mailed in by April 19, the County must receive the application by April 23.
  1. Bring Your Photo ID – The last thing you want to happen is to wait in line and not have the proper identification. Voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification to vote in any Texas election. Accepted voter identification is as follows:
  • Texas Driver License
  • Texas Election ID Certificate
  • Texas Personal ID
  • Texas Concealed Handgun License
  • US Military ID
  • US Citizenship certificate or Naturalization certificate
  • US Passport

For more information on voting in Southlake, please contact the City’s Secretary’s office at 817-748-8183 or visit us online.

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