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Northern to guide town in new direction

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In the wake of Flower Mound’s biggest election in the history of the town this past weekend, Mayor-elect Melissa Northern issued the following statement on Sunday:

“Through 7 days of early voting and on Election Day, the citizens of Flower Mound sent a message with their vote. The NFL victory – the sweep of all three open positions in our town government – is not my victory or Mr. Filidoro’s or Mr. Lyda’s. It is a victory of the people of this great town and a message to the gas drilling industry throughout North Texas and likely the nation, that no matter how much money is spent and how much political pressure is applied, everyday people, when their quality of life is at stake, can do amazing things.

Last night Mayor Smith graciously offered her congratulations to me which I accepted with appreciation. Mayor Smith is a generous benefactor to many non-profits and good causes and has been an ambassador for our town. She and Mr. Robinson and Mr. Webb led a hard-fought campaign. I congratulate their efforts.

Literally dozens and dozens of people volunteered on this campaign, most with no previous campaign experience, but held together by a desire for a new direction for our community. To each of you, and your families, I wish to express my sincere gratitude. 

I am honored to be elected Mayor of Flower Mound. I will do my best to show through my actions that your faith and trust in me is warranted.”

Northern defeated three-term Mayor Jody Smith by a vote count of 4,928 to 3,383 on Saturday.

Voter turnout was unprecedented, as 8,400 of 42,111 – or 19.95% – of registered voters in town cast ballots.

A graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in Business, Northern has worked in the fields of corporate finance, cost accounting, IT, and commercial loan audit and risk, for Fortune 100 companies including General Electric, and BankOne, now J.P. Morgan Chase. 

Northern is the Executive Director of the Flower Mound Home Owners Association Coalition. She currently serves on the Flower Mound Community Development Corporation Board as Treasurer and is on the Wellington HOA Finance Board and the Wellington Oil and Gas Committee.  

Northern will be sworn into office on May 17.

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