Glen Rose’s city council could be heading in a new direction after Saturday’s election replaced half of its members.
Jean King will again be mayor of Glen Rose and Dennis Moore, Sandra Ramsay and incumbent Bob Stricklin won council seats in Saturday’s election.
All three incumbents running for board of trustees members on the Glen Rose ISD board also won re-election: Kelley Snodgrass, Marilyn Phillips and Andy Snow. Rick Villa lost by a close 11 votes.
Voter turnout was better than at last year’s combined city-school election, but it was still light. With 1,455 registered voters in the city and 5,329 in the school district, fewer than 200 people voted in the council election and less than 250 in the school board election.
The election results are as follows:
Lila Carter 119
Jean King 148
Chris Bryant 140
Dennis Moore 163
Bob Stricklin 148
City Council Special Election
Tom Osborn 109
Sandra Ramsay 172
Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees
Marilyn Phillips 214
Kelley Snodgrass 242
Andy Snow 212
Rick Villa 201
As the polls closed at 7 p.m., voters and candidates trickled to Town Hall to see the results, which were posted on the front door. Bryant watched the election totals come in, while Moore and Ramsay showed up after the results were posted.
Moore, pastor of Grace Baptist Church and former member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board, ran on a platform of accountability, small government, supporting new housing and encouraging a business-friendly community.
“Thanks to the people who supported me,” Moore said. “I didn’t expect to win.”
Incumbent Bob Stricklin, who brought a business background to the council, beat Bryant by only eight votes.
“Thanks to the citizens of Glen Rose for the last four years,” Bryant said. “And welcome, Bob and Dennis, to the council.”
In the special election held to fill the remaining year of former Councilwoman Barbara Mitchell’s term, Ramsay beat Osborn by more than 60 votes. After Mitchell resigned last October, Osborn was appointed to fill the position until the May election.
“I want to thank my supporters and more importantly, thank the people who took the time to vote and show they care,” Ramsay said. “I am stunned and I feel honored.”
Ramsay, an accountant and Glen Rose Economic Development Corp. board member, ran on her knowledge and experience in “reading and understanding financial statements, dealing with regulatory and taxing agencies, making decisions based on facts, challenges of business owners, being conservative with resources and public relations skills.”
Stricklin, Ramsay, Carter and King all supported hiring a city administrator. Moore said he wasn’t sure and that it depended on the city’s finances. Bryant and Osborn opposed the hiring.
“I wouldn't have voted for the Comprehensive Plan if it hadn't had an administrator to manage it,” Stricklin said in an interview before the election. “The manager at Oakdale Park (Gary Ivy) shows the type of quality people we can attract to help run this city.”
During their campaigns, the winning candidates agreed that growth and finances are major issue facing the next council, as well as conducting meetings in an orderly fashion and researching agenda items before voting on them.
“Change is always occurring around us,” Ramsay said. “We can either be a thermometer or a thermostat. A thermometer reacts to the changes in its environment and a thermostat controls the changes in the environment by being preset to interact with the change.
“The city needs to develop policies and ordinances that have been researched and analyze the effects of its decisions before jumping out to make decisions on issues,” she added.
The new council members will be sworn in before the June meeting.
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