Runoff elections emerge in city races

By Joe Southern
jsouthern@fortbendstar.com

Crowded fields narrowed significantly during Saturday’s municipal and school board elections but voters will still be headed back to the polls June 11 to settle several runoffs.

The five-way race for Sugar Land major is down to two as current city councilmen Joe Zimmerman and Harish Jajoo took the top spots respectively and will continue their quest for the seat.

The At-Large Position 2 race for Sugar Land City Council was cut in half with Mary Joyce and Naomi Lam moving on. Additionally, Sugar Land voters approved five of eight propositions.

In Missouri City, Mayor Allen Owen will keep his job after defeating challenger Fred G. Taylor with nearly 60 percent of the vote. City Councilman Jerry Wyatt will keep his At-Large Position 1 seat after defeating challenger Pernell Davis with 61 percent of the vote. At-Large Position 2 Councilman Chris Preston heads to a runoff against Cynthia Gary following a close three-way race.

Dave Rosenthal was the top vote-getter in the race for Position 7 on the Fort Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees. Incumbent Jim Rice was unchallenged.

In Richmond, Barry C. Beard easily defeated two others for the open City Commissioner seat. Voters also approved four of five propositions.
Election results

Choice votes percent

(Sugar Land Mayor)
Joe R. Zimmerman
3,388 41.06
Harish Jajoo 2,846 34.49
Myatt Hancock 1,582 19.17
Kyle T. Stanley 230 2.79
Sarwar Khan 206 2.5

Sugar Land City Council At-Large Position 1

Himesh Gandhi 4,485 56.27
Diana Miller 3,485 43.73

At-Large Position 2
Mary Joyce 3,427 46.51
Naomi Lam 2,555 34.68
Ron Block 702 9.53
Peter J. Simons 684 9.28

Proposition 1:
Shall Section 1.06 of the City Charter be amended to clarify that the Charter remains whole even if another section or sentence is declared unconstitutional?
Yes 4,842 67.39
No 2,343 32.61

Proposition 2:
Shall Sections 2.01 and 2.03 of the Charter be amended to increase the current two-year terms for the council members and mayor to three-year terms; change the term limitations from four consecutive terms in a nine year period to three consecutive terms in a ten year period; clarify that the term limitations apply to one person holding any single position; and be effective for the district positions as of the May 2017 election and for the mayor and at-large positions as of the May 2018 election?
No 3,876 51.87
Yes 3,597 48.13

Proposition 3:
Shall Section 2.06 of the Charter be amended to provide that vacancies for terms greater than 12 months be filled by election, in accordance with the 2011 amendment to the Texas Constitution?
Yes 5,856 78.84
No 1,572 21.16

Proposition 4:
Shall 2.07 be amended to clarify that the City Council’s powers include exclusive jurisdiction over all public property of the City?
Yes 3,944 54.90
No 3,240 45.1

Proposition 5:
Shall the City Charter be amended to add a new section titled “Interference with Management” to provide that neither the City Council nor any of its individual members shall interfere with the daily operations or direct or give orders to any City Officer or employee who is subject to the direction and supervision of the City Manager except through the City Manager?
Yes 4,667 65.25
No 2,486 34.75

Proposition 6:
Shall the City Charter be amended to add definitions for the words and phrases “city council”, “council”, “council member”, “member of the city council”, and “member of the council” to ensure consistent application and interpretation throughout the charter?
Yes 5,555 77.37
No 1,625 22.63

Proposition 7:
Shall section 3.04(a)(1) of the City Charter be amended to revise the required petition percentage for initiative and referendum from “a number equal or greater than 30 percent of those voting in the last city election” to “at least 15 percent of the registered voters of the city as of the initial petition date?”
No 3,770 53.11
Yes 3,328 46.89

Proposition 8:
Shall section 3.04 of the City Charter be amended to revise the required petition percentages to recall the mayor or an at-large council member from 25 percent to 15 percent of the registered voters of the city as of the initial petition date and to revise the required petition percentages to recall a single-member district council member from 20 percent to 15 percent of the registered voters residing in the district as of the initial petition date?
No 3,599 50.53
Yes 3,523 49.47

Missouri City Mayor
Allen Owen 3,058 59.41
Fred G. Taylor 2,089 40.59

Missouri City Council At-Large Position 1
Jerry Wyatt 3,032 61.12
Pernell Davis 1,929 38.88

At-Large Position 2
Chris Preston 1,840 37.41
Cynthia Gary 1,548 31.48
Susan Soto 1,530 31.11

Fort Bend ISD Trustee

Position 3
Jim Rice 11,146 100

Position 7
Dave Rosenthal 4,639 33.97
Shirley Rose-Gilliam 3,242 23.74
Laura Ramirez 2,450 17.94
James Davidson 2,151 15.75
Sonja Nelson Leonard 1,175 8.6

Richmond City Commissioner
Barry C. Beard 383 58.83
Carlos A. Garcia 135 20.74
Tres D. Davis 133 20.43

Proposition 1:
Shall Section 3.01 of the City Charter be amended to increase the number of City Commissioners from two (2) to four (4)?
For 519 82.38
Against 111 17.62

Proposition 2:
Shall Section 3.01 of the City Charter be amended to require all City Commissioners to be elected from single member districts?
Against 333 53.37
For 291 46.63

Proposition 3:
Shall section 6.05 of the City Charter be amended to increase the number of signatures required for a petition for Initiative or Referendum from thirty percent (30 percent) of the number of votes cast at the last general election of the City or one hundred and fifty (150), whichever is greater to thirty percent (30 percent) of the number of votes cast at the last general election of the City or three hundred (300), whichever is greater?
For 362 58.96
Against 252 41.04

Proposition 4:
Shall section 6.11 of the City Charter be amended to increase the number of signatures required for a petition for Recall from thirty percent (30 percent) of the number of votes cast at the last general election of the City or one hundred and fifty (150), whichever is greater to thirty percent (30 percent) of the number of votes cast at the last general election of the City or three hundred (300), whichever is greater?
For 361 59.18
Against 249 40.82

Proposition 5:
Shall section 7.18 of the City Charter be amended to eliminate the requirement of publishing the summary of the annual audit and instead make the full audit available for public review?
For 407 66.07
Against 209 33.93

2 Comments for “Runoff elections emerge in city races”

  1. sunshine

    On the FB star newspaper an error was printed
    about FBISD runoff?

  2. tcnh663

    I’d like to know who made the decision to have 2 elections in May wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars. That was a very wasteful and someone should be held accountable.

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