By Joe Southern
The voters spoke for a second time in the lengthy campaign to replace Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, finally giving he nod to Councilman Joe Zimmerman during Saturday’s runoff election.
Zimmerman took 61.12 percent of the vote to defeat fellow Councilman Harish Jajoo 5,338-3,396. The race for Sugar Land’s at-large No. 2 council seat went to Mary Joyce who won 60.15 percent of the votes over Naomi Lam, 4,991-3,307.
“Nancy and I want to sincerely thank the many people who were part of our Joe Zimmerman team,” the mayor-elect said in a statement.
He credited the residents who supported him through the regular election and Saturday’s runoff.
“Your efforts helped us achieve a big win for Sugar Land and granted me the privilege and honor of serving as your next mayor of Sugar Land,” Zimmerman said. “Moving forward, I will continue to value your input as we work together to make Sugar Land the best place to live, work and play.”
Jajoo said he found the campaign to be transformative.
“This was a race to transform our city, but it also ended up transforming me,” he said in statement. “I have learned to be more patient when it comes to change. I have become a better listener, and it has made me wiser. I have added to my roll of friends, including those who didn’t vote for me, but who listened to my arguments, and did so with grace and generosity.
“Today, I am writing to you not as your next mayor, but as a better man for the effort. I want to wish Joe Zimmerman every success as our next mayor. We had our differences of opinion, but I think those differences stemmed from a shared desire for a better city.”
Runoff election results from Saturday
Sugar Land Mayor:
Joe Zimmerman – 5,338 (61.12 Percent)
Harish Jajoo, – 3,396 (38.88 percent)
Sugar Land At-large No. 2:
Mary Joyce – 4,991 (60.15 percent)
Naomi Lam – 3,307 (39.85 percent)
Missouri City At-large No. 2
Chris Preston – 1,123 (50.2 percent)
Cynthia Gary – 1,114 (49.8 percent)
David Drake – 43 (55,83 percent)
Christopher Telschow – 34 (44.16 percent)