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May 6 Election Early Voting Begins Monday
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, April 21, 2017

Early voting begins on Monday for the May 6 Election, with several local offices and referendums on city and school district ballots in the Upper Texas Gulf Coast area.

In Brazoria County, incumbent Alvin Mayor Paul Horn will compete with Andy Reyes in his bid for another term at the helm. Voters will also decide on 57 propositions related to amendments to the city's charter, with many being to conform to state law. Alvin Ballot with Propositions

Pearland voters have several choices to make, starting with the office of mayor. Incumbent Tom Reid and challengers Quentin Wiltz and Jimi Amos are on the ballot for that race. Incumbent Council Member Gary Moore and challenger J. Darnell Jones will vie for Position 3. Position 7, a new seat on the city council, has six candidates. Bud Tollefsen, Sherry Stockwell, Woody Owens, G.C. Sonny Atkins, Dalia Kasseb and Terry Gray have all filed for the new position.

The city will also hold a special election to fill Position 5, with J. David Little and Jude T.A. Smith competing for the seat, which is currently held by Greg Hill.

In Fort Bend County, Sugar Land has a single contested race. Sean Burnett, Carol McCutcheon and Qaisar Q. Imam have filed to run for District 4, which is currently held by Harish Jajoo.

In Galveston County, Dickinson's incumbent Mayor Julie Masters has filed for re-election. Joe Wilburn has filed as a challenger. In City Council Position 5, incumbent Louis Decker and Leo Bookman, Jr. are seeking election.

Friendswood has two seats on the ballot. Sally Harris Branson and Omar Peck have filed for Position 2, currently held by Billy Enochs, while David O'Farrell has filed to challenge incumbent John Scott for Position 5.

Friendswood voters will also decide on eight charter propositions.

Galveston, while having no offices with terms expiring, has three propositions on its ballot. The first is a referendum on a $62 million bond issue.

Galveston's other propositions will decide whether Jones Park and Gus Allen Park should be disposed of, with the proceeds of any sale of the parks to be used for support, maintenance and upkeep of other municipal parks.

Hitchcock Mayor Anthony Matranga is seeking re-election. Lee Sander, who currently serves as a city commissioner, has filed to challenge Matranga. David Sendejas and Monica Cantrell have filed to run for Commissioner District 2, the seat currently held by Sander.

Jamaica Beach voters will cast their votes on two at-large positions on the city council. Incumbents Terry Hudson and Rosemary Lindley have filed, as has David Welch. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to the positions.

La Marque has two city council positions on its ballot. In District B, voters will decide between incumbent Chris Lane and challenger Deanie Barrett. District D, currently held by Clent Brown, is a three-candidate race between Casey McAuliffe, Greg Snow-King Cornett and David Pennington.

College of the Mainland has two contested seats on the board of trustees. Incumbent Roney McCrary, Melissa Skipworth and Sharon Mitchiner have filed for Position 5, while Donald Gartman and Arnetta Henderson will compete for Position 7, which is currently held by Wayne Miles.

Clear Creek Independent School District will hold an election for District 3 on the board of trustees. Incumbent Ken Baliker and Arturo Sanchez, III are on the ballot.

Voters in CCISD will also decide on a $487 million bond referendum.

Texas City Independent School District will hold a special election for an unexpired term in District 2. Mable Pratt and Lois Henderson-Jones have filed for the seat. In District 3, David Rac and Nakisha Paul have filed to succeed Tom Prouty.

In Harris County, Mayor Jerry Mouton will face challengers Eddie Dove and Betty Lemley in his bid for re-election in Deer Park.

El Lago has a four-candidate race for mayor, with John Skelton, Ann Vernon, Mark Briggs and Tim Rogan competing for the seat, which is currently held by Robert White. Jeff Tave and Darin Clark are on the ballot for Council Position 1 in El Lago.

La Porte has two contested council seats. Chuck Rosa and incumbent Dottie Kaminski have filed for At-Large Position B, while Ron Nowetner, Larry Stockham and Nancy Ojeda have filed for District 6.

Nassau Bay has a single contested race. Ashley Graves and Don Matter will compete for Position 1 on the city council, which is currently held by Harry Dollar.

Pasadena will have a hotly contested mayoral race, with seven candidates on the ballot to succeed Johnny Isbell. Robert Talton, Gilbert Pena, John “JR” Moon, Jeff Wagner, Pat Van Houte, Gloria Gallegos and David Flores have filed for the seat.

In District A, Daniel Vela, Felipe Villarreal and Keith Nielsen have filed to take over from Ornaldo Ybarra.

Steve Halverson and incumbent Bruce Leamon have filed for District B, and Phil Cayten and Larry Peacock have filed for District F, which is currently held by Jeff Wagner.

Allen Munz, Cary Bass and Oscar Del Toro have filed for District G, which is currently held by Pat Van Houte. District H will be a four-candidate race between Thomas Schoenbein, Keith Sargent, April Lance and Brad Hance. Darrell Morrison currently holds the position.

Seabrook voters will decide between Kim Morrell and Thom Kolupski for mayor. Laura Davis and Jared Kelly have filed for Position 2 on Seabrook's City Council, a position held currently by Mike Giangrosso.

Shoreacres has three at-large city council positions with six candidates. The top three out of the race between David Jennings, Kimberly Sanford, Nancy Schnell, Dawn Moses, Jerome McKown and Felicia Ramos will be elected to the city council.

Shoreacres also has propositions on the ballot to continue its one-quarter of a percent sales tax for street maintenance, and whether to switch to a city manager form of government.

Taylor Lake Village has a single contested city council race. Incumbent Doug Blanchard and Collin Leslie will be on the ballot for Position 2.

Webster voters will cast their ballots on eight charter amendment propositions.

Houston Independent School District has a single proposition, seeking voter authorization to purchase attendance credits from the state, using local tax revenues, under the state's school finance system.

In Jefferson County, Beaumont has a three-candidate race for mayor. Incumbent Becky Ames will compete against Jude Paredez and Christopher 'Unc' Jones for re-election to her position. Will Robins, Elizabeth Gallepsy, and incumbents Gethrel Williams-Wright and W.L. Pate will vie for two at-large city council positions. Voters will chose between Virginia Jordan and incumbent Claude Guidroz for Ward 1.

Port Arthur has also has several contested city council races.

Incumbent Raymond Scott, Jr. and Janice Milo have filed for District 1, while incumbent Tiffany Hamilton and challenger Cal Jones have filed for District 2, and Mark Blanton and Thomas J. Kinlaw, III have filed to run for District 3, which is currently held by Morris Albright, III.

Incumbent Keith Richard has three challengers, Harold Doucet, Alicia Gayle Marshall and Clonie Ambroise, Jr. in District 4.

Incumbent Charlotte Moses and Morris Albright, III have filed for Position 7, and incumbent Kaprina Richardson Frank and Kevin Christopher are on the ballot for Position 8.

Early voting continues from April 24 through May 2. For a list of races, including unopposed candidates, Click Here




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