LEAGUE CITY — After a hectic week of City Council candidate withdraws, office swapping and filings, Monday’s filing deadline offered few surprises.
When the deadline passed, Mayor Tim Paulissen was the only candidate in the November election without an opponent. Paulissen is on track to become the first mayor in more than a decade to win re-election. The last mayor to serve more than one term was Tommy Frankovich, who was mayor from 1995 through 2002.
Mayors Jeff Harrison, Jerry Shults and Toni Randall each served only one term before losing re-election bids.
Monday saw two new candidates enter the fray.
Attorney Phillip Morris, who lost Republican primary election bids for the countywide races of district court judge in 2012 and district attorney this year, filed to run for Position 2. He will face former Councilman Tommy Cones.
Position 2 incumbent Dennis OKeeffe dropped his re-election bid the same day the City Council voted to censure the one-term councilman.
There will be a three-way race for the Position 6 council seat after incumbent Andy Mann withdrew last week.
Position 7 Councilwoman Joanna Dawson abandoned her re-election bid to run for Position 6 last week and was soon challenged by attorney Keith Gross. On Monday, University of Texas Medical Branch Business Coordinator Jason Long tossed his hat into the ring.
The matches for the other two council seats up for election remain as they were last week. Position 1 Councilman Dan Becker will be challenged by restaurant owner Jay Ewend, while in the Position 7 race financial consultant and tea party favorite Nick Long will face construction contractor Abdul Alsahli. Long has twice run for Clear Creek school board but lost his elections to entrenched incumbents.
Alsahli is among the members of League City’s Muslim community who has been outspoken in his opposition to the wording of League City’s recently adopted immigration resolution.
Nick Long and Jason Long are not related.
At a glance
Candidates for League City Council 2014
Tim Paulissen, 56 (I)
COUNCIL POSITION 1
Dan Becker, 60 (I)
Jay Ewend, 53
COUNCIL POSITION 2
Tommy Cones, 54
Phillip Morris, 54
COUNCIL POSITION 6
Joanna Sharp Dawson, 75 (I)
Keith Gross, 56
Jason Long, 36
UTMB business coordinator
COUNCIL POSITION 7
Nick Long, 31
Abdul Alsahli, 54