Runoff candidate for Lewisville City Council Place 1 Bob Troyer got a boost this week as the mayor and all of the current council members endorsed him.
Troyer received 41 percent of the vote in a five-way race in May. In the runoff June 10, he faces second-place vote-getter and fellow Rotarian Carolyn Wright, who got 32.44 percent of the vote.
The common thread for all of the endorsements was Troyer’s participation in the city’s Vision 2025 planning process that concluded in 2014 and his constant presence at city council meetings and workshops since.
Mayor Rudy Durham said Thursday, May 19 he was supporting Troyer because of his attendance at city council meetings and workshops.
“His participation and the 2025 committee and showing up to meetings and things like that — I’m not seeing from the other candidates,” Durham said.
Place 4 council member Brandon Jones endorsed Troyer Tuesday on his campaign Facebook page.
“As an active citizen Bob has attended a number of City Council meetings, including workshops for a number of years,” wrote Jones. “That type of dedication is what we need in our new council member. Bob will work to move the Vision Forward!”
Wednesday, Troyer posted on his campaign Facebook that Place 5 council member Brent Daniels had endorsed him. Daniels confirmed the endorsement Thursday evening.
“[Troyer] has worked so hard for the city, and to me city council is not about politics, it’s about taking a job and earning it,” Daniels said. “I think he’s earned it with all that he’s done.”
In a letter to The Lewisville Texan Journal Wednesday, Place 3 council member TJ Gilmore wrote an endorsement for Troyer.
“Bob’s resume, commitment, and thoughtfulness for our city are well documented,” Gilmore wrote. “He listens to all sides and has a track record of good stewardship and leadership with his time on the 2025 committee and in Rotary.”
Gilmore wrote of his concerns about Carolyn Wright, Troyer’s opponent in the runoff. He said that she had spent negligible time attending council meetings or conversing with staff and council to understand the responsibilities.
Place 2 council member Neil Ferguson also told LTJ Thursday that he was endorsing Troyer, echoing some of the reasons the others gave.
“Mr. Troyer’s long history of city work amounts to the some of the best training anyone could have before taking on a new and expanded role,” he wrote.
Ferguson pointed to Troyer’s work not just on the original Vision 2025 committee, but serving as Co-chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee that prioritized the city’s needs, its timeline, and amounts of funding needed. Ferguson also praised Troyer’s work as a parks board commissioner.
Two of the candidates who did not make it to the runoff election in place 1 have also weighed in.
Penny Mallet, who received 11.01 percent of the vote, has endorsed Carolyn Wright.
John Dahlvig, who received 9.4 percent of the vote, has endorsed Bob Troyer.