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Guidry News Forum
November 7 Election Early Voting
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, October 20, 2017

Early voting begins on Monday for the November 7 election, which includes races and propositions in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Jefferson counties.

In Brazoria County, Alvin Community College has placed a $48.5 million bond referendum on the ballot to fund the construction and renovation of buildings on the college's campus.

In Fort Bend County, the county is seeking voter approval to issue $218,580,000 in bonds to pay for various mobility improvements throughout the county.

The City of Missouri City is holding elections for four district seats on its city council.

Council District A is a contested race with incumbent Yolanda Ford facing challenge from Sonja Giddings for re-election to her seat.

District B is an unopposed race, with Jeffrey L. Boney set to succeed incumbent Don Smith, who did not seek re-election.

District C incumbent Anthony G. Maroulis has filed for re-election, and has drawn a write-in candidate, Reggie Abraham.

Incumbent Floyd Emery is unopposed for re-election to District D.

Missouri City also has seven Charter Amendment propositions on the November 7 ballot.

Proposition A would amend the charger to clarify that the mayor pro tem of the city council may be elected at the first regular city council meeting following a runoff election.

Proposition B would remove the requirement that the city manager must be bonded at city expense in an amount not less than $25,000.

Proposition C would provide that the city manager may appoint, suspend, and remove department directors and assistant city managers without the concurrence of the city council.

Proposition D would allow the city manager to establish, combine, discontinue, redesignate, or combine city departments.

Proposition E would amend the charter to make it consistent with City of Missouri City Resolution No. R-16-32, adopted on October 17, 2016, changing the City's election date from May to November.

Proposition F would change the name of the city's finance department to the "financial services department.”

Proposition G would change the City of Missouri City's fiscal year from July 1 through June 30 to October 1 through September 30.

Galveston County has also placed a bond referendum on the ballot.

The $80 million total bond is split into three propositions. Proposition A, which is $56 million of the total bond, would provide for mobility improvements throughout the county. Proposition B would provide $18 million for building improvements, while Proposition C would offer $6 million for drainage projects.

Galveston Independent School District is holding elections for two positions on the district's board of trustees.

In District 5E, incumbent Dr. Matthew Hay will compete against challenger Laura Addison for re-election, while in District 6F, Johnny Smecca, Sandra Jones Tetley, and Beau Rawlins, who had vacated the position, will be on the ballot.

In Harris County, the City of Houston has several propositions on the ballot, also dealing with issuing debt.

Proposition A, if approved by voters, would authorize the issuance of $1,010,000,000 in pension obligation bonds to pay a portion of the unfunded liability in the city's pension system as a part of pension reform in Houston.

Proposition B seeks $159 million for public safety facility improvements, while Proposition C would authorize $104 million in bonds to make park and recreational facilities improvements.

Proposition D is a $109 million referendum for public health facility improvements, and Proposition E is for $123 million for the public library system.

Houston Independent School District will hold elections for five positions on the board of education, as well as a special election to fill the unexpired term for a sixth position.

Monica Richart, Elizabeth Santos and Gretchen Himsl have filed for District I, which is currently held by Anna Eastman.

Kara DeRocha, Sean Cheben, Sue Deigaard and Susan Shafer are competing for District V, which is currently held by Michael Lunceford.

Incumbent Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca, Daniel Albert and Robert Lundon will face off for District VI.

Incumbent Anne Sung will face challenger John Luman for District VII, and incumbent Wanda Adams is seeking re-election to District IX, with Karla Brown and Gerry Monroe also on the ballot.

Carlos Perrett, Sergio Lira, Rodolfo Reyes and Jesse Rodriguez are seeking the unexpired term for District III, which was left vacant in July due to the passing of Manuel Rodriguez, Jr.

In Jefferson County, the Port of Beaumont is seeking $85 million to rebuild three of the port's docks, and provide funding for other capital projects.

Early voting will begin on October 23. To view additional items, including state Constitutional amendments, charter amendments, and various offices up for election, visit the Election Page.


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