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Election Day in the Gulf Coast Region
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Today is Election Day across the United States.  Guidry News Service is covering elections in Brazoria, Galveston, Harris and Jefferson counties.

In Brazoria County, Commissioner Matt Sebesta, a Democrat, had drawn a Republican opponent but she has since withdrawn from the race. Commissioner Mary Ruth Rhodenbaugh, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican Larry Stanley.

In Galveston County, County Judge Jim Yarbrough, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican Mark Henry.  Commissioner Bryan Lamb, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican Kevin O'Bryan.  District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican Jack Roady.  In a race without an incumbent, Republican Dwight Sullivan and Douglas Godinich are vying for the County Clerk seat.  There are several other contested seats at stake in county government.

Galveston Independent School District Trustee David O'Neal is opposed by Joanne Griffin.

Voters in La Marque will decide three recall elections.  Council members Larry Mann, Connie Trube and Deanie Barrett were forced into recall elections by petitions.

In Harris County, County Judge Ed Emmett, a Republican, faces former Houston City Council member Gordon Quan, a Democrat.  County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican Jack Mormon.  Three candidates are running for County Clerk, an office without an incumbent: Republican Stan Stanart, Democrat Ann Harris Bennett and Green Party candidate Don Cook.  County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez, a Republican, is opposed by Billy Briscoe, a Democrat.  There are several other contested seats at stake in county government.

The City of Houston has three special issues on the ballot, including charter amendments to create a pay-as-you-go drainage fund and to temporarily reduce the time required to live in a district to run for city council. The third proposition is a vote in favor or or against red light cameras.

Baytown has a special election regarding the use of photo monitoring devices.

Nassau Bay has an election to continue a sales tax for street maintenance and repair.

In Jefferson County, Republican Tim Funchess and Democrat Georgine Guillory are running for Treasurer.  Republican J. Shane Howard and Democrat Thomas P. Segee are running for Tax Assessor-Collector, to fill an unexpired term.

Guidry News Service will provide coverage of the elections in these four counties beginning after 7 p.m. when the polls close.  To review the contested races Click Here




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