Businessman Heines takes mayoral seat; Warren elected new District 4 councilman

Published on Saturday, 10 May 2014 22:48 - Written by Kelly Gooch kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Former City Councilman Martin Heines will be the next mayor of Tyler, and business owner Don Warren will be the next District 4 city councilman, according to complete but unofficial results Saturday.

Heines, a small-business owner and property manager-investor, handily defeated businessman Joel Rando for the mayor position, while Warren beat out former Tyler ISD board member Eleno Licea for the District 4 seat.

Heines received 3,040 votes, or 91.6 percent, while Rando received only 277 votes, or 8.4 percent, according to complete but unofficial results.

Warren received 444 votes, or 59.8 percent, while Licea received 299 votes, or 40.2 percent.

Heines said he appreciates supporters and the community for giving him the opportunity to volunteer, and he looks forward to working with others for the betterment of Tyler.

He said Tyler has a great City Council and exceptionally dedicated city employees, and the City Council will continue to maintain the financial stability of the city.

Rando said God asked him to run for mayor, and apparently it was not God’s will for him to win this time around.

He said he’s sad that the turnout was not better, given Tyler’s size, and plans to run for mayor again.

“As much as I’d love to quit, I don’t think I should,” Rando said.

Licea said Saturday that Warren ran a great race and was a very good opponent.

He said he also believes contested races are a good thing for Tyler and encouraged people to get behind Warren and support him.

Attempts to reach Warren late Saturday night were unsuccessful.

Heines, 51, grew up in Tyler and attended Hubbard Middle School and Robert E. Lee High School.

He studied urban land economics at The University of Texas at Austin and then came back to Tyler in 1985.

He was elected to the District 4 City Council position in 2010 and has served as mayor pro tem. He has worked in various city volunteer positions in addition to his service on the council, including being chairman of The University of Texas at Tyler’s Small Business Institute and as a member of the Mayor’s Tyler Leadership Roundtable. Heines also serves on the Midtown Area Development Committee.

He said last month that he is committed to keeping the city on a path that is financially conservative, and is committed to the volunteer position of mayor.

“I love this community, and it is essential that we do not lose the momentum that we’ve had for the last 15 to 20 years. That’s why I’m volunteering. I take it very serious,” he previously said.

Warren, a 56-year-old Tyler native, owns Lomoco Inc., a small oil and gas investment company. He also has been involved with the task force for the proposed downtown arts and innovation center, the Gateway to Hope homeless resource center and the Bergfeld Park Improvement Project.

He attended Robert E. Lee High School and graduated from Texas Tech University.

He previously said he wants to ensure that Tyler remains a great place to live and raise a family. He also previously said that he has developed relationships with city staff and city officials, and believes that with good relationships and friendships comes the ability to make decisions and move the city forward.