Galveston County voters decided everything from new leadership to economic measures Saturday in a variety of elections across the county.
More than 8,000 people cast ballots in the elections.
In a three-way race for the District B seat on the La Marque City Council, James Osteen led with 42 percent of the vote, but couldn’t garner enough votes to avoid a runoff. On June 21, he’ll face Chris Lane, who ended the night with 38 percent of the vote.
Galveston College also will have a runoff in its lone opposed race. Michael Hughes was the leading vote getter for Position 5 with 2,228 votes. But that earned the former Galveston school board president 48 percent of the total vote, meaning he will face Sheryl Rozier, who came in second with 2,049 votes, in the runoff June 21.
In Jamaica Beach, Gene Montgomery, Sherwood “Woody” Green and Russell Rupertus earned spots on the Jamaica Beach Board of Aldermen, finishing as the top three vote-getters.
In Texas City, Thelma Bowie defeated Johnny Hollowell, 251-27, for the District 1 seat on the Texas City Commission.
In Kemah, Rhonda Treviño topped Teresa Vazquez-Evans for the Position 1 seat on city council, while Carl Joiner and Steve Mewborn won the position 3 and 5 seats, respectively.
There will be a new face on the Hitchcock school board.
Chad Allen took 77 percent of the vote. Incumbent Dianne James received 23 votes, while Allen received 77, according to complete but unofficial results.
Leadership of the district was one of the main issues in the race. The school district was recently placed on Accredited Warned status by the Texas Education Agency.
Annie Burton kept her seat on the La Marque school board. Burton took 53 percent of the vote with 27 votes, while challenger Jim Malm received 24 votes for 47 percent, according to complete but unofficial results. The school district was placed on probationary status by the Texas Education Agency.
Clear Creek school district trustee Win Weber was re-elected in District 2. With 407 votes, Weber won 54.8 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial results. Her challenger, Nick Long, received 336 votes, 45.2 percent of the vote.
Veanna Veasey won the Dickinson school board race in District 2. Veasey won with 91 percent of the vote. Veasey received 104 votes, while Leo Rudd received 10, according to complete but unofficial results.
Veasey will replace Rosella Scott, who decided to not seek re-election after 18 years as a trustee.
Water and MUD boards
In the race for the San Leon Municipal Utility District Board, John Kelly Jr., Joe Manchaca and Tyson Kennedy easily outdistanced two other candidates to earn the three positions open on the board.
In the Galveston County Drainage District Position 3 race, Wally Wostal topped Robert Byrd Sr., 216-111.
Terri Gale, with 178 votes, and Linda Merryman, with 161, won two spots on the WCID No. 12 board in a close election. Wayne Rast came in third, only five votes behind Merryman.
In the race for two spots on the WCID No. 19 board, Joshua Armendariz and Philip Harrison beat two other candidates in an election that saw only 24 votes cast. Both winners earned 11 votes each.
Two municipalities had propositions before voters.
In Bayou Vista, voters reauthorized a one-quarter percent sales tax for city street repairs by a 78 percent to 22 percent margin.
In Galveston County Municipal Utility District No. 12, voters passed a proposition making a $15 fee on water bills to fund the Bayou Vista Volunteer Fire Department mandatory. The proposition passed with 61 percent support.