By Elsa Maxey
Early voting for the May 14 election is underway and will run through Tuesday, May 10, for positions on city councils and school district trustees as well as proposed charter changes and bond referendums among other nearby area races.
City races include four single member district council positions in Sugar Land with nine candidates. District One incumbent Don Smithers is running against Diana Miller; District Two being vacated by Don Olson has Bridget Yeung running unopposed;
District Three vacated by Russell Jones has Amy Lynn Mitchell, William Hoelker, and Howard Paul; District Four vacated by Michael Schiff has Harish Jajoo, and Frank Yonish, Farha Ahmed. The City of Sugar Land also has nine proposed changes to the city charter.
Although a city ordinance in Missouri City canceled the election for two single member districts, B and C, declaring respective incumbents Don Smith and Robin J. Elackatt winners, it will hold elections for Districts A and D; Incumbent Bobby Marshall faces Rodney L. Griffin; Mayor Pro Tem Brett Kolaja is vacating District D, which has Floyd Emery and Noel Pinnock facing each other for the council seat.
The City of Stafford with the mayor’s office and three at large council seats up for election will not hold an election since the four incumbents did not draw opponents. Mayor Leonard Scarcella, Felecia Evans-Smith, Wen Guerra, and Fred Woolridge have been declared the winners.
Two aldermen seats are on the Meadows Place ballot; Place 4 incumbent Terry Henley is running unopposed and Place 5 incumbent Rick Staigle is running against John Whiteman.
Fort Bend ISD has three trustee races that include Position 1 sought by incumbent Sue Hohnbaum and Wade Watassek; Position 4 has incumbent Daniel Menendez running alongside Bruce Albright, Kevin Daniels and Rodrigo Carreon; Position 5, being vacated by Laurie Caldwell, has Jonita Reynolds and Patsy Taylor vying for the trustee position.
Stafford Municipal School District has two at large seats on the ballot with the two top vote-getters becoming the declared winners; incumbents Cindy Hoelscher and Rodney Butler are seeking re-election and are running alongside Arturo Jackson.
Stafford MSD will also hold a bond election for four propositions amounting to $49.9 million relating to new and replaced classroom facilities, renovations, infrastructure upgrades and other improvements.
Lamar Consolidated Independent School District has three trustee seats on the ballot; District 4 incumbent Julie Thompson faces Jamie Dozier; District 5 being vacated by Jack Christiana has Steve Ginsburg, Dar Hakimzadeh, Robert Thomas, Jr., and Lynn Franklin in the race; District 7 incumbent Richard McCarter faces Gary Gates and Rhonda Zacharias.
Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 will hold a bond election for repair, upgrades and future growth projects for the water district amounting to $31.9 million.
Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 3 will hold a Fire Plan Election asking voters to decide to participate with the City of Richmond by entering into a fire protection plan for efforts aimed at meeting mandates related to reducing groundwater use.
For information on all the elections in Fort Bend County, early voting locations and times, and Election Day locations, visit the Fort Bend County website.