Bellaire voters go to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in a runoff election Saturday to set the course for the City Council with two positions up for grabs.
On the ballot for Position 4, vacated by term limits, are Nathan Wesely, who drew the most votes in the Nov. 5 general election, and Winfred “Win” Frazier. Running for Position 6 are Jim Hotze, a challenger who led the field of three in the general election, and incumbent David Montague.
Voters are being asked to choose between two candidates — Frazier and Montague — who support the current direction of the city toward increased commercial and mixed-use development and two — Wesely and Hotze — who reflect growing concerns about Bellaire’s debt and spending, as well as perceived straying from its “City of Homes” focus on single family homes and neighborhood protections.
In the general election, Mayor Andrew Friedberg was re-elected, but incumbent Position 2 Councilwoman Trisha Pollard was upset by newcomer Catherine Lewis, a Ph.D. geologist who was in the second camp and who has campaigned vigorously for Wesely and Hotze to join her at the counciltable.
The runoff is being held in conjunction with Harris County’s Elections Division, which is handling similar runoffs for Houston, Houston ISD, and Houston Community College.
That means that not only can voters cast their ballots at their own precinct but at any participating polling place in the county. The HarrisVotes.com website has a list of all locations and regulations and a sample ballot.
Polling places in and near Bellaire for the runoff are:
- ChristChurch Presbyterian, 5001 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire
- Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire
- Horn Elementary School, 4530 Holly St., Bellaire
- Pin Oak Middle School
- Houston Community College West Loop campus
- Bayland Park Community Center
- Pershing Middle School, 3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd., Houston
- Lovett Elementary School, 8814 S. Rice Ave., Houston
EssentialsNews.com will carry election results as they become available.