Political newcomers square off for Sugar Land At-Large Seat No. 2
By S. Barot
For The Star
The Sugar Land elections are quickly approaching and additional candidates are entering the May 7 At-Large 2 position race, to vie for the citizens’ support.
Mayoral candidate Joe Zimmerman currently occupies the seat.
Mary Joyce, 55, who has over two decades worth of experience in finance contract negotiations and project management with major corporations and has been extensively involved within the community, will face Matthew Pollack, a 27-year-old Halliburton Engineer and Naomi Lam, a 72-year-old Real Estate agent. All three candidates are longtime Sugar Land residents.
Joyce has served on city boards and commissions including the Land Use Advisory Committee and the Imperial Redevelopment District.
Should she be elected, Joyce said she plans to work well with all of her counterparts in the city. She feels she has a lot to offer because of her education and numerous years of business experience.
“I will arrive prepared and ready to work on solutions to the matters at hand,” she said. “I am interested in finding ways we can work together in a respectful way.”
The other candidates are somewhat “unconventional” – but that may prove to be their biggest strength on Election Day.
Pollack, a Dulles High graduate, sees similarities between the current city council and the federal government in Washington. He added that he does not like the city is operating, which is his main reason for choosing to run for office.
And age, he believes is his strength, not his weakness.
“I meet all qualifications the city has in order to run for public office,’ he said. “But ultimately it will be up to the voters to decide who is better fit to serve their needs.”
He has no political background and no political ambitions, but he said he wants to do what’s best for the citizens of Sugar Land.
“I am young, but I have lived in Sugar Land the majority of my life,” Pollack said. “I do not see how age has any influence on how successful one can be. We live in a time where kids and teenagers create and sell apps for millions of dollars. I am apart of that generation, so my age is my strength.”
Lam is a member of the activist group Sugar Land Votes, which is running a group of candidates, including Myatt Hancock (for mayor) and Diana Miller (for At-Large Position 1).
Lam has been an active advocate of community development issues. Like Hancock and Miller, she also is part of the Referendum Petition Committee member.
“I support open government that is responsive to resident concerns while encouraging quality development that will benefit the community,” said Lam, who served as a Fort Bend ISD trustee from 2001-04 and has unsuccessfully run for city council in the past.
“Myatt Hancock, Diana Miller and I will work together with help from the petition volunteers, support from the 3,000+ voters who signed the petition and our various community groups,” Lam said.
Candidates have the opportunity to file to run with the City Secretary’s office until Feb. 19.