Paul is reported to be considering recount
By Elsa Maxey
To say that the race for District 3 between Amy Mitchell and Howard Paul was really close is no understatement. Try one vote. Mitchell received one more vote than Paul putting her at a 791 total against Paul’s 790. In early voting, Mitchell was ahead by 11 votes, mustering 464 against Paul’s 453, and on Election Day, Paul received 10 more votes than she did as 337 votes were cast for him and 327 votes for her.
In the end in Fort Bend County, Saturday’s runoff election results for Sugar Land’s District 3 and 4 show Mitchell and Harish Jajoo to have won. They will soon become Sugar Land’s newest city council members joining another new council member, Bridgett Yeung, who won her unopposed District 2 seat vacated by Don Olson this May.
For District 4, Harish Jajoo earned 52.38 percent of the total votes against Farha Ahmed’s 47.62 percent or 1,474 for Jajoo and 1,340 for Ahmed. The District 4 race caught the attention of many due to a political flyer that was anonymously mailed to residents in that district which may have incited voters against Ahmed because of references about a terrorist group association. These assertions were refuted by notable community members who provided character reference statements in response to the flyer.
Mitchell and Jajoo will replace term-limited Councilmembers Russell Jones and Michael Schiff, respectively.
In Rosenberg, voters elected William T. “Bill” Benton for the council at-large position 1. Benton received 826 votes and his opponent, James Urbish, received 673 votes or Urbish, 45 percent, and Benton, 55 percent. This council seat was held by Susan Euton, who ran for city mayor in May and lost against Vincent Morales, who was recently sworn into office.
A total of 5,928 out of 35,210 registered voters or 16.84 percent exercised their right to vote in the June 11 runoff elections in Fort Bend County. The results will remain unofficial until the votes are canvassed by the respective cities.