Early voting begins Monday for the November 8 General Election, with local races taking place in Houston and Tiki Island.
In Harris County, Houston will hold mayoral and city council elections, including for two new city council districts created as part of its redistricting process.
Mayor Annise Parker has drawn five challengers in her bid for re-election. Kevin Simms, Amanda Ulman, Dave Wilson, Fernando Herrera and John “Jack” O'Connor have filed for the city's top spot.
Other heavily contested races in Houston include District B, District C and At-Large Position No. 2, where incumbents did not file for re-election.
In District B, which is currently held by Jarvis Johnson, is an eight-way race between Kenneth Perkins, James Joseph, Kathy Blueford-Daniels, Phillip “Paul” Bryan, Alvin Byrd, Jerry Davis, Charles A. Ingram, and Bryan Smart.
District C, which is currently held by Anne Clutterbuck, drew five new candidates. Randy Locke, Josh Verde, Ellen Cohen, Karen Derr and Brian Cweren are on the ballot.
At-Large Position No. 2, currently held by Sue Lovell, has 10 contenders. Kristi Thibaut, Elizabeth C. Perez, Andrew C. Burks, Jr., Gordon R. Goss, Bolivar “Bo” Fraga, Eric B. Dick, Jenifer Rene Pool, Michael “Griff” Griffin, David W. Robinson and Rosilyn “Rozzy” Shorter are all on the ballot. Lovell did not file for re-election.
The city's two new council districts received three candidates each. Mike Laster, Rodrigo Canedo and Criselda Romero will face-off for District J, while Pat Frazier, Larry Green and Alex Gonik are on the ballot for District K.
Incumbents in many of the other council seats face challengers, with only Mike Sullivan in District E unopposed for re-election. City Controller Ronald C. Green is also unopposed for another term.
Houston Independent School District has four seats with terms expiring.
District II will go to Rohnda Skillern-Jones, who is unopposed for the position. Incumbent Carol Mims Galloway did not file for re-election.
In District III, incumbent Manuel Rodriguez will compete with Ramiro Fonseca.
District IV incumbent and current board president Paula Harris has one challenger, Davetta Daniels.
In District VIII, incumbent Juliet Stipeche and Dorothy Marie Olmos are on the ballot.
In Galveston County, the Village of Tiki Island will hold elections for two positions on its board of aldermen.
Wayne Crozier, Tim Rainey and Duane Durham have filed for election in Tiki Island. The two positions are elected at-large, with the seats going to the two candidates with the most votes.
Other elections include propositions for the creation of five assistance districts in Fort Bend County, and a proposition for the creation of Emergency Services District No. 3 in Jefferson County.
Statewide, voters will cast their ballots on various Constitutional amendments.
Early voting continues through November 1, with Election Day on November 8.
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