Candidates in various cities and school districts have placed their names on the ballot as the first week ends for official filing in the May 12 General Election.
Contests have already formed in some positions voters will decide on in May. Galveston's mayoral election has drawn three candidates, with incumbent Joe Jaworski filing for re-election, and facing challenge from Lewis Rosen and Beau Rawlins. The city has not to date received filings for any of its six city council district seats.
Galveston College has a race forming for Position 3 on the college's board of regents. Weez Doherty and Karen Flowers have filed for that position, which is currently held by Greg Roof. Roof has announced that he will not seek re-election. Barbara Crews has filed for re-election to Position 2 on the board, while no candidates have filed for Position 1 or in the special election for the unexpired term in Position 4 as of yet. Tino Gonzalez currently hold Position 1, and Raymond Lewis, Jr. is serving in Position 4.
Clear Creek Independent School District At-Large Position A on the district's board of trustees has a race forming, with incumbent Charles Pond filing for re-election and receiving challenge from Amr Abouleish. Dee Scott has filed for re-election to District 5 on the board, and the District 4 seat currently has no candidates.
In Jefferson County, Port Arthur City Council District 5 has drawn two candidates. Willie “Bae” Lewis, Jr. and Jack Chatman, Jr. have each filed for the position, which is currently held by John Beard, Jr. The District 6 seat currently has no filings.
Several other entities have received filings that so far are unchallenged. In Brazoria County, Pearland has received a single candidate for each of its two city council positions. Incumbent Scott Sherman has filed to seek another term in Position 2, while Herb Fain has filed for Position 4, which is currently held by Felicia Harris.
In Fort Bend County, Sugar Land's two at-large positions on the city council have drawn candidates. Himesh Gandhi has filed for At-Large Position 1, and Joe R. Zimmerman for At-Large Position 2.
No candidates have filed to date for the city's mayoral election.
In other Galveston County races, incumbents in La Marque's mayoral and city council races have each filed for another term. Bobby Hocking has filed for re-election as Mayor, while Keith Bell is seeking another term in City Council District A and Connie Trube another term in District C.
In Kemah, city council incumbents Robin Collins and Brenton Spry have filed for Position 3 and Position 5, respectively. Terri Gale has filed for election to Position 1, which is held by Kelly Williams.
Sandy Kershaw Denby has filed for election to one of three at-large city council positions in Jamaica Beach.
Many of the cities in Bay Area Houston have received interest in elections on their May ballots.
In La Porte, Mayor Louis Rigby and City Council Member for District 2 Chuck Engelken have filed for re-election.
Nassau Bay incumbent council members Sandra Mossman, Brad Bailey and Bob Warters have filed for re-election to their seats. Mark Denman has filed to run for mayor in Nassau Bay. Mayor Don Matter is term limited and is not eligible for re-election.
Seabrook has received applications for two city council positions. J. Gail Poston has filed for Position 1, and Bob Poston for Position 3. Kim Morrell, who currently holds Position 1, and Paul Dunphey, who is in Position 3, are both term limited.
In Webster, Diana Newland has filed for Position 1 on the city council, and today received challenge from Edward Lapeyre. Alexandra Dietrich for Position 2. Melvin Ellis and Beverly Gaines, who hold Position 1 and Position 2, respectively, have reached term limits.
In El Lago, incumbents Carolynn Stanley and Jeff Tave have filed for re-election to Position 3 and Position 5, respectively.
Filing continues through March 5. For a list of races and candidates in the Gulf Coast area, visit the GuidryNews.com Election Page. Click Here