LEAGUE CITY — One week into the 2014 City Council election season and there’s already a pair of contested races. When voters go to the polls in November, the mayor and council positions 1, 2, 6 and 7 will be on the ballot.
So far in the race for mayor, incumbent Tim Paulissen is the only one to file. It is the same story with Council Position 6, as incumbent Andy Mann is the only one to file.
Both Paulissen and Mann said they expect to draw challengers.
In the race for Position 1, incumbent Dan Becker has drawn a challenger, Jay Ewend.
Incumbent Joanna Sharp Dawson also drew a challenger in the Position 7 race, with Nick Long tossing his hat into the ring. Long, who announced his intent to run last month, has twice run for the Clear Creek school board, each time challenging entrenched incumbents. He lost both races.
So far, no one has filed to run for the Position 2 race, including incumbent Dennis OKeeffe.
With the exception of Mann, all of the other candidates filed on the first day of the month-long filing period.
OKeeffe and Becker drew national headlines in November when the pair got into a fistfight in the city manager’s office. Since then, with a few exceptions, divisions and infighting on the City Council have eased.
A council retreat and a revised format for council workshops on the day before council meetings have appeared to ease what had been regular contentious council sessions.
The hiring of City Manager Mark Rohr also seemed to ease a lot of the public bitterness.
Potential candidates have until Aug. 18 to file for office. Early voting for the election begins Oct. 20, and Election Day is Nov. 4.
League City Council Candidates
Election winners serve a four-year term
Tim Paulissen, 56 (i)
Dan Becker, 61 (i)
Jay Ewend, 53
Any Mann, 47 (i)
Nick Long, 31
Joanna Sharp Dawson, 75 (i)