Local elections on tap
Early voting thru May 4, election Sat. May 11
By B.K. Carter
There hasn’t been a lot of hot politicking this year it seems to me. Of course, I’ve been waylaid by my health so maybe it has been a lot hotter than I think. The candidates have thankfully left me alone but I still have some observations based on my 30 plus years of following Fort Bend politics. Are you surprised?
In Fort Bend ISD, a slew of candidates are running but I’m not unhappy with the incumbents, Jim Rice and Dave Rosenthal. In fact, the incumbents have proven themselves over the last years, and I have come to believe it is imperative that we return their steady hands to office. Since there has been so little publicity about these races I fear the turnout will be low. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to go to the polls and return these two men to office.
Jim Rice and Dave Rosenthal
Lamar Consolidated ISD
Of the three races, I can only vouch for three of them. In District 1, Kathryn Kaminski has had over 30 years experience in child education. And Anna Gonzales in District 6 has a lick of sense. She is the wife of long-time Richmond city commissioner Jim Gonzales Both are fine examples of community service. Frank Torres has served District 3 for many years and he gets our nod to continue.
Kathryn Kaminski, Anna Gonzales, Frank Torres
I know no one in this race except one. And you are going to hate him or love him. However, with his investigative skills and inquiring nature, I think he will make an excellent board member. It is former newsman Wayne Dolcefino in Position 1, the only contested race in Katy.
Stafford will elect 3 trustees to serve and since two incumbents are running, Ed Castillo (i) and Greg Holsapple (i) you only have to make a decision about one. The incumbents should be re-elected as they are doing a good job in a thankless task.
Greg Holsapple and Ed Castillo
City of Missouri City
There are two races in Missouri City with incumbents in each position. We take no position on this race and you will have to wade through the 15 charter propositions yourself. We apologize for taking no position but we have not studied the candidates at all.
City of Richmond
The only two initiatives on the ballot deal with a home rule charter for Richmond. That is a very important question and should be passed as it allows the city to do many things the current general law rules do not. For example, under a home rule charter, Richmond could annex new parts of the city to expand its tax base.
City of Rosenberg
Rosenberg has five races on its ballot and 11 propositions, most of which should be passed as it will allow the city to join the 21st century in governance. With this number of races and the propositions on the ballot, citizens of Rosenberg need to go to the polls.
On-line Voter’s Guide
After an extensive search for an on-line voter’s guide, I believe the best one for Fort Bend voters is
“The write idea online”
For information about individual candidates, go to “The Write idea online.”
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