By George Boehme
West University Place voters have one last chance Saturday (May 1) to cast their ballots for mayor and City Council, with polls open for the general election from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Polling places are at West University City Hall, 3801 University Blvd.; Southside Place Park Clubhouse, 3743 Garnet St.; and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 5308 Buffalo Speedway, in the family center. Voters can also use any Harris County polling place open for Election Day, with a list available at HarrisVotes.com.
Already 2,348 voters have cast their ballots by mail and in-person early voting. Residents are choosing from two mayoral candidates and nine for four council seats, all two-year terms. On the ballot are former mayor Susan Sample and current Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Trautner, running for mayor; and John Barnes (incumbent), Rich Beck, Melanie Bell, Shannon Carroll, Lauri Lankford (incumbent), John Montgomery, Sam Parikh, Ed Sobash (incumbent), and Mardi Turner seeking council seats.
The usual small-town feel of West U’s municipal elections has been evident in door-to-door campaigns, yard signs and neighborhood gatherings for candidates. But professional — and even national — politics have entered the picture. Both mayoral candidates have political consultants advising them, and a slate of Sample-Bell-Carroll-Montgomery have been supported by two youth sports-centric political action committees (PACs), who’ve provided funds, mailings and other campaign support directly targeting the incumbents.
Essentials Magazine/Instant News conducted two separate forums, for the candidates for mayor, and for the council candidates, which can be accessed here:
Unofficial election results can be tracked here after the polls close Saturday evening, and Essentials/InstantNews will have the news as it becomes available.