Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that the incumbent council members in Angleton reached their term limits.
Two people joined the running for municipal court judge against long-time incumbent Randy Smith. Erick Aguilar will run against Don Oakes for councilman Ward B.
Lake Jackson council will vote whether to cancel their election at their meeting Tuesday since none of the open positions are contested. However, there is still an opportunity for a write-in candidate until 5 p.m. Tuesday, City Secretary Alice Rodgers said.
If there is a write-in candidate, there will be a May election, she said. If not, incumbents Gerald Roznovsky and Matthew Broaddus and former Councilman Jon “J.B. Baker” will be considered officially elected to their council positions, Rodgers said.
Jones Creek could gain three new council members this May as the top three vote-getters will be elected. Incumbents Terry Jeffers, Mike Chilcote and A.J. Jinkins will face Nicole Hardesty, Jenni Wailes and Corey Thomas on the ballot.
Lauren LaCount withdrew her filing to be mayor, and since Mark Guthrie did not seek re-election, Steve Boykin remains the only candidate.
“I really do think Steve is going to do great things for our infrastructure,” LaCount said. “It really boils down to the right person for the job.”
Boykin is educated about infrastructure and water issues, which is what Richwood needs at a time like this, LaCount said.
Boykin said he was contacted by residents who knew he had water and environmental experience, such as serving on the Brazosport Water Authority Board for a decade.
Boykin’s wife, Sandra, served on Richwood City Council for about 12 years and they’re both rather active in the city in which they’ve lived for more than 30 years, he said.
“Basically, I’m going to look at what we have in front of us right now,” Boykin said of when he becomes mayor.
He’ll pick up where Guthrie leaves off and examine the water issues closely with staff, he said, adding he hopes Richwood can improve the water system in a way that lasts into the future.
Both incumbent Richwood council members will face two challengers in May. For Position 2, incumbent Frank Blanks is challenged by Melissa Strawn and Shawn Morlan, City Secretary Giani Cantu said.
In Position 3, Matthew Yarborough and Jeremy Fountain will run against incumbent Sarah Reed, Cantu said.
The Brazosport ISD board of trustees will only need an election for a $267 million bond this year, as none of the board positions are contested.
Michael Speir did not file to seek re-election, but Chris Dunn filed for that District 5 seat, Superintendent Danny Massey said. For District 4, incumbent Liz Cuellar was the only one to file for the position.
Melanie Oldham, member of the Concerned Citizens of Freeport and a physical therapist, has joined the race for mayor of Freeport.
Roy Yates decided he will run for re-election for councilman Ward D. One candidate is running against him, Olan Massingill. Brooks Bass is running for re-election for councilman Ward B unopposed.
Justin Mills and Harold Vandergrifft entered the running against incumbent Luis Guidry for mayor and newcomer James Devorak is running unopposed for councilman position 1.
Incumbent Erik Chitwood will run against Jessie Saldivar for position 2.
Seven people, including incumbent Toni Capretta, are in the running for three Aldermen-at-Large seats for the beach town. The six other candidates are Bob Petty, Robert Morris, Shawn Robertson, Mark Wilson, Cary L. Wise, Paul Hermonat.
All three incumbents are running unopposed for three open seats in Quintana. Steve Alongis is currently mayor and seat holders for council positions one and two are Mike Cassada and Shari Wright.
Jason Perez will remain mayor of Angleton for another term, but the city will see some new council members as two incumbents reached their term limits.
“It appears I will have another term to serve as your mayor. I appreciate the continued support and encouragement,” Perez said in a statement.
Williams Tigner and Bonnie McDaniel did not file for their positions 2 and 4 council seats, respectively, since they reached their term limits, City Manager Scott Albert said.. For Position 2, Barbara Marin filed to fill the open seat, Albert said.
Cecil Booth and Travis Townsend both filed to run for Position 4, Albert said.
Four people are vying for three open Aldermen-at-Large seats for Danbury, Heather Martin, Brenda Milligan, Coby Pruitt, Crystal Briggs.
Danny Dees, current holder of school board Position 6, will face off against Clint Williams for that position. For Position 7, incumbent Tim Dean will run against Cody Corbell.
Angleton ISD Trustee Dana Tolbert will be challenged by Michael Stroman in this year’s election, district spokeswoman Hanna Chalmers said. They both filed for Tolbert’s current Position 1 seat.
Regina Bieri will remain in her Position 2 seat since no one filed to run against her, Chalmers said. Bieri serves as board president.
WEST OF THE BRAZOS
Mayor Dale Lemon announced about a month ago he does not plan on running again for mayor.
“I’ve had my day,” Lemon said. “I had a bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish and I feel like I’ve seen the fruits of my labor come to the city ... It’s time to hand Sweeny over, move on and see what’s next for me in my life.”
As for what’s next for the mayor, he said he’s “praying about it.” The decision wasn’t just about him, it was about giving his family a break, too, Lemon said, but he is confident he is leaving the city on a good note.
“Things will be in good hands with the people on council,” Lemon said.
Sweeny-born resident Leigh-Ann Thornton and current Councilman Position 2 Jeff Farley have entered the running for mayor. Thornton has long been involved with politics, having previously worked for U.S. Congress and the city of Houston.
“I love the city that I was born in,” Thornton said, adding she has numerous ideas already. “My No. 1 priority would be fixing our infrastructure. The second thing is definitely getting a drug dog and an extra police officer and increasing police pay. I would also like to fix up Main Street, which all can be done through grants which I have experience writing.”
Thornton is an independent mediator for Thornton Mediation Group, a firm she owns. Jeff Farley did not respond to two voicemails left last week requesting comment on his mayoral candidacy.
For Position 2, local businessman and former councilman Neil Bess, Jr. is currently the only candidate in the running.
Newcomer and Sweeny native John Rambo was the only one to file for Position 4 on the council. Currently a CEMS analyzer tech at Phillips 66, Rambo said he wants to represent the citizens by making positive change.
“It’s something I’ve always thought about and the timing seemed to be right,” Rambo said when asked why he decided to run. “I want to help improve the city in any way possible.”
Susan Parker, who is wrapping up her first council term, and Gary Kersh, a longtime council member, will stay in their Brazoria council seats this year. No one filed to challenge either council member.
Councilman Marcus Rabren will face challenger Bill Lott in this year’s election. Lott has previously sought a council seat in Brazoria. Rabren did not seek re-election to his council seat in 2017, but was the only one to file for Stephanie Cribbs’ unexpired term in 2018, placing him in a council seat again.
Columbia-Brazoria ISD Board of Trustees will welcome one new member this year, since Wendy Monical did not file to seek re-election.
Donnie Congdon Jr. and Ray Sisson both filed to take her place. Jonathan Champagne was the only person to file for his Position 4 seat. Champagne serves as board president.
All three incumbents for three Aldermen-at-Large seats are running unopposed in West Columbia. Robert Thomas, Roy Maynor and Jamie Walker currently hold those seats.
Incumbent Earl Mathis is running unopposed for school board position 3, as is incumbent Debra Fields-Bell who currently holds position 4.