The Friendswood City Council is scheduled to vote today about ordering a special election May 5 to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Mike Foreman, who is running for mayor.

The proposed special election would be the same day as the already scheduled May 5 election for a new mayor and two other council positions.

Foreman, a former astronaut, will face Omar Peck in the mayoral race to replace Mayor Kevin Holland.

In May 2017, Peck was an unsuccessful candidate for Position 2 on the council. His competitor, Sally Harris Branson, won the seat left vacant when Councilman Billy Enochs stepped down to run for Galveston County commissioner.

Peck, who is retired, had a long career with California-based URS Corp. and has served as president of his homeowners’ association.

Incumbent Councilman Steve Rockey is running unopposed for his Position 4.

Two candidates are vying to fill Councilman Jim Hill’s Position 3 spot.

Trish Hanks, the former superintendent of Friendswood Independent School District, and Philip Ratisseau are both running for the position.

Ratisseau is active in area tea party efforts and was involved with Citizens for CCISD, a political action committee that opposed the $487 million bond issue that voters approved in May 2017.

Ratisseau and Peck opposed a sales tax for downtown improvements that voters approved in 2016. That issue and the future funding of the city’s emergency medical services are likely to be campaign issues based on both men’s previous comments on those subjects.

Other candidates can still file paperwork to run for city office through Feb. 16 with the city secretary’s office, staff said.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246;


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