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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
November Elections
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The deadline to register to vote in the November 3 elections passed Monday, and in addition to state constitutional amendments, voters in several cities and school districts will be casting ballots on local issues.

Seabrook City Council this morning held a drawing for ballot positions for the City Council Position 5 special election. The election will fill the seat vacated by Tom Diegelman, who resigned his position on the council.

Candidates for the special election are Thom Kolupski and Sean Riley.

Bolivar Peninsula Special Utility District will hold an election for three at-large positions. A total of five candidates have filed for election. Incumbents Jack Blume, Dennis Stafford and Al Altemus filed for re-election, while Jack Haigh and Shawn Pachlhofer have filed to run for positions on the board.

Houston Independent School District's Board of Education has three positions on the ballot for November.

In District I, Linda Toyota, Anna Eastman and Alma Lara have filed for election. Incumbent Natasha M. Kamrani did not file for re-election.

In District V, Ray Reiner and Mike Lunceford have filed for election. Incumbent Dianne Johnson did not file for re-election.

District IX incumbent Lawrence Marshall, the current board president, has filed for re-election. He will compete against Michael (Cadillac) Williams, Adrian Collins and George Davis for the seat.

At Galveston Independent School District, nine candidates filed for election to three positions that will be on the ballot in November.

In District 4-D, incumbent Carol Greaney Wurst has filed for re-election. John Ford, Jr. and Miguel Aleman have also filed to run for the office.

In District 1-A, incumbent Kelly Chambers has filed for re-election. She will face Shelia Lee, Heidi Lutz and Derek Anderson in a contest for the position.

In District 3-C, incumbent Weez Doherty did not file for re-election. Phillip Lipnick and Norman Pappous have filed for the position.

In Houston, the mayoral race drew seven candidates, including current Houston City Controller Annise Parker and At-Large Position 1 Council Member Peter Brown. Other candidates that have filed are Gene Locke, Charles Daniel Cupp, Roy Morales, Luis Ullrich and Amanda Ulman.

Seven candidates have filed for election in City Council District A, which is currently held by Toni Lawrence. Candidates listed as having filed are Jeff Downing, Lane Lewis, Amy Peck, Darrell Rodriguez, Bob Schoellkopf, Brenda Stardig, and Alex Wathen.

Incumbent Jarvis Johnson has filed for re-election in District B, and will face opposition from Roger Bowden.

District C incumbent Anne Clutterbuck has also filed for re-election, and will compete with Randolph Locke for the position.

District D incumbent Wanda Adams has filed for re-election, and will face two challengers, Otis Jordan and Larry McKinzie.

District E incumbent Mike Sullivan will compete against Phillip Wayne Garrison, II for re-election to his seat.

District F, currently held by M.J. Khan, drew seven candidates before Wednesday's filing deadline. Peter Acquaro, Joe Chow, Lewis Cook, Al Hoang, Robert Kane, Khalid Khan and Mike Laster will compete for the council seat.

District G, currently held by Pam Holm, drew five candidates. Dexter Handy, George Foulard, Oliver Pennington, Richard Sedita and Mills Worsham will compete for the council seat.

Districts H and I incumbents Edward Gonzalez and James Rodriguez, respectively, are unopposed for re-election to their seats.

In At-Large Position 1, Don Cook, Lonnie Allsbrooks, Brad J. Batteau, Stephen Costello, Karen Derr, Herman Litt, Kenneth Perkins and Rick Rodriguez have filed for election. Incumbent Peter Brown has filed to run for mayor.

At-Large Position 2 incumbent Sue Lovell will compete against Andrew C. Bucks, Jr., Michael Griffin and Roslyn "Rozzy" Shorter for re-election.

Melissa Noriega, incumbent for At-Large Position 3, is unopposed for re-election.

At-Large Position 4, currently held by Ronald Green, drew four candidates. Deborah Shafto, C.O. Bradford, Noel Freeman and Curtis W. Garmon will compete for the council seat.

At-Large Position 5 incumbent Jolanda "Jo" Jones will compete against Jack Christie, Davetta Daniels and Carlos Obando for re-election.

The Houston City Controller's race drew three candidates, all currently city council members. Ronald Green of At-Large Position 4, Pam Holm of District G and M.J. Khan of District F will compete for the position.

Other elections include three bond propositions for a total of $8.9 million by the City of Santa Fe. Propositions include $5 million for a new police station, $3 million for a library expansion project and $900,000 for a new public works building. 

Alvin Independent School District also called for a bond issue election in November. The election will include a single proposition for $70.095 million.

The bond issue will include renovation of several of the district's facilities, construction of a new elementary and junior high, replacement of Mark Twain Elementary, purchase of land for an additional elementary and for the district's future third high school.

Other items in the bond include the purchase of buses, technology upgrades and safety improvements.

Early voting will begin October 19 and continue through October 30.






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