By Mary Alys Cherry
We often joke about voting early and often, and you can certainly do it this year.
Besides the runoff in the recent federal and state elections scheduled Tuesday, May 27, we have city and school board elections on Saturday, May 10, with a number of mayoral, city council and trustee seats up for election. Filing closed Feb. 28.
And, if you want to be a part of it all, the last day to register to vote in your city’s elections is April 10. Early voting starts Monday, April 28, and ends Tuesday, May 6, in the office of each municipality’s city hall, in most cases.
Applications for ballots by mail – for seniors and the disabled – must be received by the close of business May 1.
The exceptions are League City, Baytown and Pasadena, which will vote in November of this year; and Houston – of which Clear Lake City is a part – which votes in 2015.
Mayors up for election this year include Mark Denman of Nassau Bay, Julie Masters of Dickinson, Tom Reid of Pearland, Glenn Royal of Seabrook, Jon Keeney of Taylor Lake Village, Matthew Doyle of Texas City, Tim Paulissen of League City, Matt Weber of Shoreacres and Lewis Rosen of Galveston, who declined to run for re-election. Floyd Myers of Webster is term limited and several got no opposition – meaning no elections in Dickinson, Friendswood, Nassau Bay and Seabrook.
Some council members also decided not to run, including Richard Sowrey in Clear Lake Shores, Rusty Legg of Galveston, Rick Wilkenfeld of Texas City and Beckie Stockstill Cobb in Deer Park.