According to an unofficial tally by Bellaire City Clerk Tracy Dutton, Corbett Parker and Andrew Friedberg have won a majority of votes to become the next Place 3 and Place 5 council members on the Bellaire City Council.
Dutton said she counted early and absentee votes and added them to the total election-day ballots cast. The official tally will be posted on www.harrisvotes.org throughout the night. Parker earned 1,295 votes while his opponent Roseann Rogers garnered 510 votes. Parker will be the next Place 3 council member.
“I’m just so glad on behalf of all the people who supported me and worked so hard,” Parker said. “Being successful vindicates all the hard work they were willing to put in.”
Parker reiterated his campaign commitments to be fiscally responsible with the city’s budget and help the city to implement its new Comprehensive Plan. He also said he’d like to work on some of the issues he learned about from residents during his campaign. For example, he wants to improve communication between city leaders and residents.
“Utilizing social media and 21st century communication to hopefully be more transparent and invite more input from the citizens,” Parker said.
Friedberg also stressed the importance of encouraging more resident involvement in city business in the years to come. He won the Place 5 seat with 971 votes, compared to James Jameson’s 867 votes, Dutton said. The relatively close race continued the neck-and-neck trend between the pair that started with the November general election.
“I look forward to taking on a new role on council,” Friedberg said. “It was a really nice feeling to know all our efforts in campaigning lead to the results I’ve seen.”
He said the current economy will present a short-term challenge that he is committed to working through, but he also sees long-term opportunities.
“Basically I’m looking forward to addressing some of the challenges while at the same time embracing some of the opportunities,” Friedberg said. “I’m particularly excited about the Comp Plan.”