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May 5 Election Early Voting Begins Monday
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, April 20, 2018

Early voting kicks off on Monday for May 5 contests for cities, schools and colleges in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties.

In Brazoria County, contested races include Alvin City Council At-Large Position No. 1, which is a race between Bunky Jordan and Brad Richards.

In Pearland, Adrian Hernandez, Dalia Kasseb and G.C. Sonny Adkins have filed for Position 4 on the city council.

Alvin Community College has one contested race, with incumbent Bel Sanchez competing against Lloyd Cox for Position 2 on the college's board of regents.

Port Freeport will hold a bond referendum for voter authorization to issue $130 million for the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project.

In Fort Bend County, Sugar Land incumbent Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman will face Diana Miller for another term.

Jennifer Lane will compete against write-in candidate Farha Ahmed for At-Large Position 2 on the city council.

Voters who reside in the Fort Bend County area of Houston will cast votes in a special election for Houston City Council District K.

Nine candidates, Larry Blackmon, Patricia “Pat” Frazier, Gerry Vander-Lyn, Martha Castex-Tatum, Lawrence J. McGaffie, Carl David Evans, Elisabeth E. Johnson, Anthony Freddie, Aisha Savoy, are on the ballot.

In Galveston County, contested races include the special election for an unexpired term on Galveston College's Board of Regents.

Curtiss Brown, Richard A. Prets, Jr., Rebecca Trout Unbehagen, Marie Robb and Keith McFatridge are on the ballot in the race.

Galveston Independent School District is also holding a special election to decide a referendum on a $31 million bond issue for the construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, renovation and equipping of school buildings in the district, as well as the purchase of school buses.

In the City of Galveston, contested races include District 5 on the city council, with Jeff Antonelli, Chris Petrowski, Carol Hollaway and John Paul Listowski competing for the position.

Jackie Cole and incumbent Carolyn L. Sunseri have filed for District 6.

Texas City Independent School District is holding a special election to determine a $136.1 million bond referendum for school facilities.

The City of Texas City has two contested seats on its city commission. Phil Roberts, Dee Ann Haney and Bruce Clawson have filed for two Commissioner-At-Large positions. The two top vote recipients will be elected to the board.

Earl (Ken) Alexander and Johnny Hollowell will compete for Commissioner District 1.

In La Marque, incumbent Mayor Bobby Hocking will face challenger Kimberley Jones Yancy for another term in his position.

Incumbent Santa Fe Mayor Jeff Tambrella also faces challenge from Jeff Tabor.

In Hitchcock, incumbent Commissioner Randy H. Stricklind will compete with Ted W. Robinson, Sr. for District 3.

Bayou Vista has no contested races, but will hold a special election for the re-authorization of a one-quarter of one percent sales tax to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.

Clear Lake Shores will hold a race for three at-large positions on its city council.

Amanda Fenwick, Angie Terrell, Kurt Otten, Bryan Hoerner, Jason Morton, Sheldon Solmonsson and Thomas Haaland have filed for the three positions. The top three vote recipients will be elected.

Jamaica Beach will hold a race for three at-large positions on its city council.

Hitchcock Independent School District will hold a single contested race, with Michelle Cantrell and Randy Williams competing for District 6 on the board of trustees.

Clear Creek Independent School District has three contested races. Incumbent Page Rander and Jeff Larson will compete for District 4. District 5 is a three candidate race, with incumbent Jay Cunningham, Michelle Moore and Yvonne Tibai.

For At-Large Position A, incumbent Charles Pond faces challengers Jake Berry and Jennifer Muras Broddle.

In Harris County, Houston will host a special election to fill the vacancy on the city Council for District K, which has drawn nine candidates.

Larry Blackmon, Patricia “Pat” Frazier, Gerry Vander-Lyn, Martha Castex-Tatum, Lawrence J. McGaffie, Carl David Evans, Elisabeth E. Johnson, Anthony Freddie, Aisha Savoy are on the ballot.

El Lago has two city council positions with contested races. Incumbent Jim Kelly faces challenge from Darin Clark for Position 3, while incumbent Ann Vernon faces challenge from Roger Nylin for Position 5.

Incumbent La Porte Mayor Louis Rigby has two challengers, Chuck Rosa and Wyatt Smith, to his bid for re-election.

La Porte will also hold a special election for voters to consider an amendment to the city's charter to provide that a candidate for mayor or council shall have been a qualified voter in the city for 12 months immediately preceeding eleciton day.

In Seabrook, three positions on the city council have contests. Mike Giangrosso and Ed Klein have filed for Position 1, and Jeff Larson and David McLendon have filed for Position 3. Incumbent Glenna Adovasio will run against Buddy Hammann and Ivie Buske for Position 5.

In Shoreacres, Mayor Kimberly Sanford faces David Jennings in her re-election bid. Ricky Bowles, Neil Moyer and Sara Andrews have filed for two at-large positions on the city council.

Early voting continues from April 23 through May 1. For a list of items on the ballot, including unopposed races on the ballot, Click Here.

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