Fort Bend ISD, Missouri City voters elect newcomers
By Betsy Dolan
It was not the year of the incumbent in Fort Bend ISD and Missouri City, as voters opted not to re-elect two trustees and one city councilman on May 10.
Unofficial election results also show Missouri City voters re-electing their long-time mayor and approving four bond propositions: Rosenberg residents voting down a plan to donate property for a controversial road project in Rosenberg and Richmond voters keeping their mayor but opting for two new city commissioners.
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In the end, the volatile race had Jason Burdine the winner in Fort Bend ISD’s Position 1 seat with 39.50 percent of the vote. He received the most votes of any candidate running in the crowded school district race. Burdine, 33, beat out “Q” Imam (28.22%), Dr. Ramesh Cherivirala(24.75%) and C. J. Udoagwu(7.53%).
Position 4 Trustee Bruce Albright (30.81%) lost his at-large seat to attorney Kristin Tassin(41.08%). Late in the campaign, Albright was accused of stealing campaign signs by BOT Position 5 candidate Kris Allfrey. Derron Harrington(22.32%) and Rodrigo Carreon(5.79%) also ran in the Position 4 race.
K.P. George(36.64%) narrowly beat out incumbent Position 5 Trustee Dr. Patsy Taylor(35.32%). Allfrey came in third with 28.03%.
With only 5,200 Missouri City residents voting in the election, political newcomer and Democrat, Chris Preston(50.79%) beat Position 2 incumbent and Republican Danny Nguyen(49.21). Voters also re-elected Mayor Allen Owen(69.70%) over challenger Noel Pinnock(30.30%).
All four propositions in Missouri City’s $40 million bond election passed with strong support. The projects include drainage, transportation, facilities and a sixth fire station.
Rosenberg voters overwhelmingly approved two propositions to limit how city land can be obtained in the one-way pairs road project. The project would turn portions of Avenue H and Avenue I into one-way streets to alleviate congestion and projected population growth. But the election outcome may not impact the project, since the county negotiated a way for the Texas Department of Transportation to buy the land from Rosenberg at fair market value prior to the election.
Evalyn Moore was elected Richmond mayor by just 92 votes over challenger Gary Gillen.
Two seats were up for grabs in the Richmond commissioner race. Jesse Torres got 22.4 percent and retired city official Glen Gilmore got 17.5 percent to narrowly beat out former Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright who got 17.3 percent. Incumbent Commissioner Bill Dostal, finished fourth with 304 votes, or 17 percent.
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