Ford beats incumbent Marshall in Missouri City run-off election

By Betsy Dolan 

Yolanda Ford was elected to the Missouri City District A council position on Saturday, June 15, in a run-off election against incumbent Bobby Marshall.

Unofficial election results show Ford won with 59.45 percent of the vote to Marshall’s 40.55 percent.

“The campaign went well and I am overwhelmed by the support that my community afforded me during this race,” Ford said. “District-A had more people to cast a vote during this local election then in any other local election in the history of District-A.”

The run-off election was necessary because none of the candidates in the three person District A race–Ford, Marshall or Rodney Griffin–received 50% of the vote during the May 11 general election. Councilmembers Don Smith, Robin Elackatt and Floyd Emery were re-elected in the May election.

The win means Ford is the first woman to serve on the Missouri City City Council since Cynthia Lenton-Gary resigned her council seat in 2011 in order to launch a failed mayoral bid against 16-year incumbent, Allen Owen. Eunice Reiter represented District A from 1994 until she retired in 2009 when Marshall was elected to the position.

“I will bring diverse, proactive, engaging, educated and experienced representation to an all male council,” Ford said. “I want my community to know I am ready to work with them to grow and build a better community that will improve the quality of life for everyone.”

Ford has been a resident of Missouri City for 35 years. Her professional experience includes more than 14 years of working in community development, urban planning, architecture, construction, government contract management and city policy for municipalities and nonprofit entities. She has a master of architecture degree and she is currently a land development specialist for a local nonprofit where she focuses on land acquisition, construction management and government contract procurement.

During the campaign, Ford was outspoken about the need to focus on growing all areas of Missouri City–especially along Highway 90A and for Missouri City’s city council to be more visible and transparent.

“I am very passionate about listening and finding solutions to the concerns of my constituents. Repeatedly, I was told by residents of District-A that they didn’t feel like they had a voice or representation that adequately addressed their issues,” Ford said.

Ford will be sworn in at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1.

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