The Granbury City Council filled Trish Burwell’s Place 4 after a runoff election took place on Dec. 9. The election’s unofficial results show Gary “Skip” Overdier winning the election over Charles Beard with 617 votes or 65.99 percent over Beard’s 318 votes or 31.01 percent as of Dec. 11.
A runoff election was required after none of the three candidates including Overdier, Beard, and Bradley Benson received more than half of the votes in the Nov. 7 election.
Overdier served in the United States Air Force and has worked in real estate sales and management. He previously served as a city councilman for the City of Destin in Florida for three years. Now, living in Granbury, Overdier is a member of the Granbury Rotary Club, a volunteer for non-profits in the area, and has served on the city’s Charter Review Commission; he currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Beard congratulated Overdier on social media and thanked everyone for their votes and support.
“I remained true to myself and ran a campaign full of honesty and transparency. It is my hope that there will be a grass roots movement, and the average, everyday people will become more involved in the governing offices in order to place more power back into the voters hands,” Overdier said in the social media post. “It is important to keep special agendas in check. I am glad I got the opportunity to serve the city and its residents. I will continue to cover the city in prayer and provide support in various ways, even if not within the public governing sector. It is my hope that positive change occurs and the voices of the residents are not drowned out from the politics.”
The election results will be officially confirmed at the next Granbury City Council meeting that will take place on Dec. 19.