As the May 14 election approaches, several candidates have withdrawn their names from the ballot, in some cases leaving races unopposed.
Taylor Lake Village’s mayoral race became unopposed last week after the withdrawal of current Mayor Natalie O’Neill and challenger Evvie Gilbert. Jon Powell is now the only candidate for the city’s next mayor.
In Alvin, mayoral candidate Paul Horn had withdrawn his name prior to the end of the filing period, which ended March 14. The mayor’s race did pick up a write-in candidate, Little Sanford, after the filing date ended. Sanford will challenge incumbent Mayor Gary Appelt and Troy Lewis for the position.
In Bayou Vista, Steve Jamail withdrew from the Alderman Position 1 race, leaving Rick Nally unopposed for the position, which is currently vacant. Mike Russo withdrew from Bayou Vista’s race for Alderman Position 4, which is also vacant. That race will be a contest between Vaun Henry and Carol Wortham.
In Kemah, Melissa Beach pulled out of the run for City Council Position 4. Incumbent Wayne Rast will run against challenger Beverly Helms for the position.
In La Marque, Raymond Lewis took his name from the ballot for the District B seat on city council. James Osteen and Mark Salinas will compete for the vacant council position.
Bruce Clawson, candidate for District 5 on the Texas City Independent School District Board of Trustees, has taken his name out of the running. Incumbent JoAnn Hackbarth and challenger Pam Apfell remain in the race.
San Jacinto College candidate David L. Janda, Jr. withdrew from the race for Position 7 on the board of trustees, leaving Michael “Keith” Sinor unopposed for the position.
For more information on races in the Gulf Coast area, visit the GuidryNews.com Elections Page.