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:
The candidates’ questionnaire on issues runs in three parts on this website, accessible here, here and 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.