11 uncontested races in other city elections
By Betsy Dolan
A college administrator, an attorney, and a retired real estate broker are running for the Sugar Land City Council At-Large Position 1 seat being vacated by Tom Abraham who is term limited.
William “Bill” Cathey, 58, is a retired college president who now works as a college administrator for Houston Community College. He currently serves on Sugar Land’s Building Standards Commission, is a graduate of the Sugar Land 101 program and lives in the Misty Lakes subdivision. If elected, Cathey would like to continue the push for improved mobility by exploring ways to connect Sugar Land to Houston’s transit system and encourage more business growth.
“We have one of the highest property tax rates in the state,” Cathey said. “I’d like to bring more light industry to Sugar Land to help offset the cost of what individual residents are paying.”
Himesh Gandhi, 35, is an attorney, who currently serves on Sugar Land’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He has also served on the Sugar Land 4B Corporation, the Building and Standards Commission and the Redistricting Committee. Ghandi has lived in Sugar Land for 20 years and currently lives in Telfair. His web site states that his focus is to “strategically move Sugar Land forward through financial accountability, quality development, public safety with an emphasis on the fundamentals of city services.”
“Citizens of Sugar Land expect safe neighborhoods, quality development and excellent city services with financial accountability and low taxes”, Ghandi states on his web site. “I look forward to bringing a renewed energy to City Council and keeping Sugar Land a premier destination for families and businesses alike.”
Naomi Lam, 68, is a retired real estate broker who has lived in Sugar Land for 27 years. She served as a Fort Bend ISD Board Member for three years and is a member of the Sugar Land Optimist Club and Sugar Land Exchange Club. She vows to “represent citizens and neighborhoods, to repair aging infrastructure,
limit the number of multi-family dwellings in the City of Sugar Land, and contribute my civic and business experience to promote fiscal accountability.” Sugar Land residents Lam said, are not happy with the quantity of apartments that they see being approved by the city.
“I get asked if I am against progress,” Lam said. “I’m not against development but it has to be the right kind of development. We need office parks and top paying jobs so we can increase the tax base and reduce property taxes for residents.”
Other City Elections
Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson filed for re-election and has no opponent so he will serve a third term as mayor. Joe R. Zimmerman is the only candidate who has filed to run for the City Council At-Large Position 2 seat being vacated by Jacquie Chaumette who is running for State Representative in District 26.
In Missouri City, incumbents Mayor Allen Owen, At-Large Position 1 Councilman Jerry Wyatt, and At-Large Position 2 Councilman Danny Nguyen have all filed to run for their respective offices.
In Stafford, three incumbents, Cecil Willis, Ken Mathew, and Robert Sorbet, will keep their City Council seats. The city will hold an election to vote on two charter amendments. One amendment will allow an official to take office immediately after taking the oath of office and the other provides for the appointment of the Charter Review Commission.
In Richmond, incumbents Mayor Hilmar Moore and City Commissioners Bill Dostal and Gary Gillen are running unopposed and will keep their respective seats.