There are multiple elected positions up for grabs in Stafford, including seats on the city council and the board of trustees for Stafford MSD. The candidates will have their chance to make a pre-election pitch to the community next month.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual candidates’ forum for the SMSD Board of Trustees positions 1 and 2 and Stafford City Council positions 1 and 2. Early voting for the election will run from April 19-27, and Election Day is May 1.

Candidates for Position 1 on the SMSD board of trustees are Dawn Reichling, Edward E. Rector, Clint Mendonca, MaryAnn Smith, Darren Keith Blakemore, and Suzette Thompson. Manuel Hinojosa is running unopposed for Position 2.

Incumbent Alice Chen will be running for re-election for Position 1 with Stafford’s city council, and she is opposed by Thomas John. Wen Guerra, who currently holds Position 2, is running unopposed.

The forum will be streamed live on Stafford METV as well as Facebook live by the Chamber of Commerce. The forum is open for the public to virtually attend, and community members can submit questions beforehand to either the Chamber’s Facebook page or Paige Talbott at

For more information on the event, call the chamber at 281-566-2152.

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