There are 21 contested races on the May 11th ballot for the area’s city and school board elections.
While the campaigns have not really heated up, already there are some races of interest.
In Kemah, Mayor Bob Cummins will be challenged by Matt Wiggins, the man he defeated two years ago for the city’s top elected office. Former City Councilwoman Robin Collins, who was defeated last year, is back in the mix and challenging incumbent Wayne Rast for the Position 4 council seat, while Position 2 Councilwoman Pat Buchannan will be challenged by Wanda Zimmer.
In Santa Fe, there’s already a bond referendum on the ballot, and all three offices up for election are contested.
Place 1 Councilman Joe Carothers will be challenged by Shana Hansen, who is a vocal critique of the police department. Place 4 Councilman Bubba Jannett is challenged by Scot Rice, while incumbent Pat McCrary will be challenged by Bob Braeking for the Place 5 slot.
There also are contested races in Bayou Vista, where there is still time for candidates to file for the special elections for mayor and Position 4 council; Dickinson; Friendswood and in Jamaica Beach, where there’s a wide open race for mayor after Vic Pierson decided to not seek re-election.
Two of the three board trustee positions at College of the Mainland are contested.
Position 1 Trustee Bennie Matthews, who had hinted to supporters she was considering not running for re-election, will give it another run. Stephanie Gordon will challenge her.
At-Large Position 6 Trustee Clemon Prevost drew three opponents making for a four-way race. Rachel Delgado, founder of the Galveston County Tea Party, adjunct professor Carol Voight and V.W. “Chubby” Steed will all vie for the board spot.
The only position to go unchallenged is Position 4 where incumbent Rosalie Kettler is the only candidate to file.
In Dickinson, longtime Councilwoman Mary Dunbaugh decided not to file for re-election for the Position 2 council seat. Bruce Henderson and Louis Gill will battle to decide who fills that spot on the council.
There also will be a contested race for the Position 4 seat where Wally Deats will challenge incumbent Mark Townsend, who was appointed to the vacant seat in January.
Longtime Position 6 Councilman William King III, drew two opponents as Greg Bridges and Carol Dean will look to give King, the council’s only African-American member, a tough challenge.
Only incumbents filed for office in Hitchcock and Tiki Island and the Hitchcock, Texas City and Dickinson school districts.
It is expected those entities will cancel their elections in the next two weeks.
Election day is May 11. Early voting runs April 29 through May 7.
Voters not yet registered to vote must do so by April 11.
At a glance
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POSITION 2: Bruce Henderson, Louis Gill
POSITION 4: Mark Townsend, Wally Deats
POSITION 6: William H. King III (i), Greg Bridges, Carl K. Dean
PLACE 1: Shana Hansen, Joe Lynn Carothers (i)
PLACE 4: Ronald “Bubba” Jannett (i), Scot Rice
PLACE 5: Pat McCrary (i), Bob Braeking
POSITION 2: Mark Johnstone (i), Bryan Smith
POSITION 3: Bill Spillar, Mike Russo
POSITION 4: Ken Davis
SPECIAL ELECTION (DEADLINE TO FILE MARCH 11) MAYOR: Theresa Moeller
POSITION 5: NONE
CLEAR LAKE SHORES
MAYOR: Vern Johnson (i)
COUNCIL (2 positions): Alton Burns (i), Jan Bailey
MAYOR: Stephen Hubbell, Steve Spicer
ALDERMAN (2 positons): Brad South, Mary Morse
COUNCIL POSITION 4: Patrick McGinnis (i), Jim Barr
COUNCIL POSITION 6: Tawni Slaughter, Carl Gustafson
MAYOR: Bob Cummins (i), Matt Wiggins
COUNCIL POSITION 2: Pat Buchannan (i), Wanda Zimmer
COUNCIL POSITION 4: Robin Collins, Wayne Rast (i)
LA MARQUE ISD
TRUSTEE DISTRICT 1: Edna Courville (i)
TRUSTEE DISTRICT 2: Mable Pratt, Shirley Fanuiel (i)
TRUSTEE DISTRICT 7: Richard Lee Hooker
CLEAR CREEK ISD
TRUSTEE POSITION B: Ann Hammond, Nick Long
DISTRICT 1: Laura DuPont, John P. Hermann, Gary Renola
COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND
TRUSTEE POSITION 6 (At Large): Rachel Delgado, Clemon Prevost (i), V.W. “Chubby” Steed, Carol Voight
TRUSTEE POSITION 1: Stephanie Gordon, Bennie Matthews (i)
TRUSTEE POSITION 4: Rosalie Kettler