GRAPEVINE (March 6, 2014) – Amid a large and jubilant crowd of 200-plus supporters, prominent community leader Duff O’Dell formally announced that she is taking her years of public service to the next level by running for Grapevine City Council Place 6. Current Place 6 councilmember Roy Stewart is not running.
“Grapevine has been so blessed to have had the leadership of my good friend Roy Stewart,” said O’Dell. “Now, with his decision not to run again, I am ready to step-up and be a part of the discussions that affect each one of us, to preserve and protect what we’ve built in Grapevine and continue forward-thinking strategies to ensure our continued success,” said O’Dell.
With trademark can-do enthusiasm, and a reputation for common-sense and accessibility, O’Dell is well-known by Grapevine business and civic leaders alike. O’Dell has long distinguished herself for her leadership and business experience.
According to O’Dell supporter Mike Davis, of Mike Davis State Farm Insurance, “There is no doubt that Duff O’Dell will do what’s right for our community. She’s proven this over and over again. Her experience and track record of community service are unmatched.”
Held in high-regard in the non-profit community, O’Dell is a much sought-after volunteer for her business management and fundraising skill.
“Duff has been one of our most dedicated and passionate board members and she deeply understands the needs of our community,” said Shonda Schaefer, executive director of Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE).
Again and again, among Grapevine’s elected officials and business and civic leaders, O’Dell is a respected choice for appointment to area boards, committees and special projects. Yet even with her already impressive level of community involvement, O’Dell found that she wanted a deeper connection to the community she loves.
“My extensive business and professional leadership experience, and the community trust I have earned over the years working and volunteering in Grapevine, offer my fellow residents a councilmember who will vigorously participate in the important discussions required for our shared success,” said O’Dell.
A career airline executive for more than 30 years, O’Dell’s professional experience and leadership are a perfect fit for a city as successful and vibrant as Grapevine. As an airline executive, O’Dell led a team of more than 14,000 US-based employees, ensuring compliance with federal regulatory and safety measures, maintaining industry-leading customer service excellence and managing a billion-dollar annual budget.
“Because we live in the greatest hometown there is – and because experience matters – I want to continue the progress while protecting the foundation of what we have built here and cherish,” said O’Dell.
Voting will be at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 South Main Street. Election Day is Saturday May 10. Early voting begins April 28.
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