By Elsa Maxey
Locally, the city races for the General Election show political sign ordinances that vary a bit. However, one thing is standard about voting in the upcoming election, and that is that April 12, is the last day to register to be able to cast a ballot for the May 12 election showing few running as opponents in the area’s city elections.
At 5:01 Monday, a minute after the city office filing deadline, Stafford City Secretary Bonnie Baiamonte said only the three city council incumbents filed – Cecil Willis, Ken Mathew and Robert Sorbet. “So it looks like City Council will be able to cancel the City Officers Election this year,” said Baiamonte. Earlier in the day, she said that if no one else filed, city council would be able to cancel the city officers’ election. However, Baiamonte said, “Council has also called a special election for two Charter amendments so the City will be having that election on May 12.”
On the school board front, whose operations are closely tied to the city functioning as the only municipal school district in Texas, “The only candidates that filed are incumbents Ettienne Zak and Virginia Rosas,” reports Stafford Municipal School District’s spokesperson, Terry Loudenburg, Coordinator for Board and Community Relations. “The election will be cancelled at an upcoming board meeting,” she said.
Although it looked like Missouri City may have been looking at canceling its election, it was not the case. This Monday city council approved an ordinance providing for the May 12 General Election, a Joint Election with other entities contracting with Fort Bend County and for election precincts and polling places,” as there are positions other than the City of Missouri City that will be on the ballot,” said Barbara Brescian, the city’s Communications Director. She also said the mayor’s and two At-Large council positions, however, will not be on the ballot since applications were filed only by the incumbents. The incumbent city officials are Mayor Allen Owen, and council members Jerry Wyatt and Danny Nguyen.
In Sugar Land, incumbent Mayor James Thompson, who is up for re-election, did not draw any opponents. Vying for the At Large Position #1, which will be vacated by incumbent and term limited council member Thomas Abraham, are three candidates – Himesh Ghandi, William Cole Cathey, and Naomi Fulan Lam. If necessary, a runoff election in Sugar Land will be held on June 16, which may be a probability in this race. Joe R. Zimmerman filed for office and is seeking the At Large #2 council position. It is being vacated by Jacqueline Baly Chaumette, who is running for State Representative, House District 26.
If you’re eligible and not registered to vote, keep in mind that last June just one vote on a run-off and recount decided the fate of a city council race in Sugar Land. District 3 City councilmember Amy Mitchell assumed her post after winning against Howard Paul by one deciding vote.
Early voting for the General Election is scheduled to start on April 30, and run through May 08.