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Bay Area Houston
May 14 General Election
by Garrett Bryce
Monday, February 14, 2011

Candidate filing began today in several cities, school districts and colleges in the Gulf Coast region for the May 14 General Election.

While the state’s official first day for filing was February 12, which was a Saturday, many cities began accepting applications today. Filing continues through March 14.

Several mayoral races are on the ballot this year, including long-time Mayor Tom Reid in Pearland, who is on the ballot for re-election. Also on Pearland’s ballot is City Council Position 3, which is currently held by Steve Saboe.

In Alvin, Mayor Gary Appelt’s term is expiring, as is that of Greg Bullard, who serves on City Council District E. The city will also hold a special election to fill the unexpired term in City Council District A, which was held by Juan Sifuentes. The election will be for two years remaining of the three-year term.

In Galveston County, Bayou Vista will hold a special election to fill several positions, including the currently vacant mayor’s seat, as well as Alderman Position 1 and Position 4, which are also vacant. The city’s regular election includes the Alderman Position 2 and Position 3 seats, which are held by Mark Johnstone and Gay Reeves, respectively.

Clear Lake Shores will also hold a mayoral election, as incumbent Mayor Vern Johnson’s term is expiring. The city will also elect two at-large aldermen positions, which are currently held by Al Burns, Jr. and O.B. Thomas.

Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters has already announced her intention to run for re-election in May, as have council members Charles Suderman, Walter Wilson and Louis Decker, who also have expiring terms.

Jamaica Beach Mayor Victor Pierson’s term expires in May, as do the terms of Aldermen Brad South and Mary Morse, who were elected at-large.

Kemah Mayor Matt Wiggins’ term expires this year. City Council Position 2, held by Pat Buchanan, and Position 4, held by Wayne Rast, are also set to be on the ballot.

In La Marque, petitioners have forced a recall election for Mayor Geraldine Sam to decide whether she remains in her position. Elections will also be held to fill city council positions in District B and District D, which have remained vacant since recall elections in November.

League City also will hold an election for mayor, and City Council Position 1 and Position 2. Toni Randall is League City’s current mayor, while Neil Baron and Mike Barber hold Position 1 and Position 2, respectively.

The Village of Tiki Island will be seeking applicants for new terms for the village’s mayor and two at-large aldermen positions. Phillip Hopkins serves as mayor, while Goldie Teltschick and Ron Simons have terms expiring on the village’s board of aldermen.

College of the Mainland, in addition to two board of trustee positions, is placing an $86 million bond proposal on the ballot for facility expansion and renovation. Bond Proposal

Position 5, currently held by Don Criss, and Position 7, which is held by Annette Jenkins, will be on the ballot.

Additional races in Galveston County include Friendswood, and school districts in La Marque, Santa Fe, and Texas City, as well as Clear Creek Independent School District.

Positions open for applicants in Harris County include El Lago’s mayoral seat, which is currently held by Brad Emel. William Schwander in City Council Position 1 and Amy Carr in Position 2 are also on the May election ballot.

Taylor Lake Village Mayor Natalie O’Neill’s term expires in May, as does Lillian Norman-Keeney’s term on City Council Position 2 and Einar Goerland’s Position 4 seat.

In Webster, Mayor Floyd Myers and City Council Member Donna Rogers, who holds the Position 6 seat, have terms that expire in May. The city will also place 14 charter amendment proposals on the ballot.

In Jefferson County, Beaumont will hold elections for the entirety of its city council, as well as the mayor.

For additional positions in the May election, visit the GuidryNews.com Election Page.  Click Here




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