Filing started today for the Bellaire City Council November Election, with three candidates filing.
Councilman Roman Reed has filed for re-election to position one, Councilman Corbett Parker has filed for mayor and Councilman Andrew Friedberg has filed for re-election to position five.
Filing for the November election started today. The last day to file is Monday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.
Four positions are expiring, including mayor and council member positions 1, 3 and 5.
Parker announced that he would run for mayor this week. Parker has served one four-year term in council member position three. He is eligible for a second four-year term in position three but says now is the time for him to run for mayor. Mayor Phil Nauert has announced that he will seek re-election. He has served one two-year term as mayor.
Reed and Friedberg also announced this week that they would seek re-election. Reed was elected to city council in a special runoff election in June 2011 to serve the remaining 2 ½ years of the unexpired term held by former Councilman Will Hickman. Friedberg has served one four-year term.
The Bellaire city charter limits service to two consecutive four-year terms for council members and four consecutive two-year terms as mayor.
The term for mayor will begin on Jan. 6, 2014 and end on Jan. 4, 2016. The terms for the open council seats will begin on Jan. 6, 2014 and end on Jan. 8, 2018.
To be eligible as a candidate in the upcoming election, residents must be a U.S. citizen, be 21 years of age or older on the first day of the term, have not been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court, have not been convicted of a felony and have lived in the City of Bellaire for 12 months preceding the filing deadline.
Candidate packets can be picked up from City Clerk Tracy Dutton at Bellaire City Hall, 7008 S. Rice Ave.