Occupation: Trial Lawyer, owns and manages a civil practice law firm in Bellaire.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston; law degree from South Texas College of Law.
Government/community involvement: Felony Prosecuting Attorney for the state of Texas representing victims in Brazoria County. Bellaire Little League; Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer, sponsoring a little brother.
Years in Bellaire: 10
Family: Wife, Tracy, is a practicing physician; sons Brooks and Jack, 9 and 12.
What is motivating you to run? This race is about our community and our future. I am motivated to run because our city calls for someone with leadership skills to step up and speak truth. Crime and public safety should NEVER be compromised. This cannot and will not happen in Bellaire under my plan. If you cannot contain crime, homelessness or public safety in your city, you have no city. Look nationally at what is happening and the increased crime spike in neighboring Houston. We should not minimize property crime and heed the warnings of what is to come. Our children’s future and the integrity of our city depend on us.
Education: Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska; MBA and JD from the University of Texas.
Government/community involvement: Currently serving on Bellaire City Council, position 4; six years on Board of Adjustment, two as chair; two years as Horn ES auction chair; four years as Houston Youth Soccer Association secretary; coached approximately 50 teams – soccer, softball, basketball, and football, currently on Bellaire Business Association board.
Years in Bellaire: 34
Family: Married for 36 years to Lisa Wesely; four children — Sarah, Kate, John and Adam; one grandchild.
What is motivating you to run? I am running for mayor because I feel strongly that all residents should be heard, and that the city should be run efficiently with transparency and accountability. Over the past four years there have been significant improvements, but the work is never done. Over the past four years debt has been reduced from $125 million to $99 million, and there has been no tax increase. In August of last year we hired a new city manager, Sharon Citino. She has been working hard to put in place plans to implement our mission and goals, and I support those efforts.
Website or social media: www.wesely.io.
Gus E. Pappas
Occupation: Attorney at Law
Education: University of Houston, BBA in Marketing, 1984; South Texas College of Law, JD, 1988
Government/community involvement: Eight years on Bellaire City Council, four) as mayor pro tem; Bellaire youth sports coach.
Years in Bellaire: 25
Family: Spouse, Pamela; children, Elena, Lexi and Demi.
What is motivating you to run? The source of my motivation to be mayor of Bellaire arises from the deep sense of gratitude that I feel for being allowed to come to this country by, literally, an Act of Congress in 1964, and the personal joy that results from accomplishments, small and large alike, while a part of a team whose sole goal is the selfless commitment to public service.