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The November ballots for some east Harris County communities will feature local races for voters to consider in addition to state and national contests.
Election Day is Nov. 3, with early voting running from October 13-30.
The campaign season in La Porte promises to be busy, as the ballots will feature three City Council races and three trustee seats on the La Porte ISD board..
For City Council, all the current officeholders whose terms are coming to an end opted not to run again.
The District 6 race has the most participants, with Gary Rohr, Robbie McLarrin, Randy Rowan and Randy Daily vying for a seat currently held by Nancy Ojeda.
Trey Kendrick will have a much easier go at District 1, as he is running opposed for the seat occupied by Danny Earp.
At Large Position B initially drew four office seekers, but that number has been cut in half.
William R. Geistman withdrew in early July, while Chuck Rosa recently died.
That leaves Brent McCaulley and Ti O’Daniel to vie for the position held by Steve Gillett.
La Porte ISD elections will feature three races for school board seats that all have incumbents facing challengers.
At Position 1, incumbent Lois Rogerson will square off against Russell Schoppe. The battle for Position 2 pits incumbent Kathy Green against Mason Peres, while Chris Murdock will take on Dennis Slate for the Position 3 seat.
The city of Deer Park has three City Council seats open for election this November.
Position 4 is the only one of those seats that has more than one candidate. Retiree Bill Patterson is the incumbent, and he has filed to retain his seat. He is opposed by Tiffany Patenaude, who is self-employed.
Positions 5 and 6 will only have the current officeholders on the ballot.
Position 5 is held by Ron Martin, who is in marketing, while Rae Sinor at Position 6 is also unopposed.
Both Martin, a marketing director at Kaneka Nutrients, and Sinor, a local developer, have served several years on City Council. Sinor was first elected in 2012; Martin in 2014.
When the municipal election was originally scheduled for May 2, voters were also slated to decide if Deer Park should reauthorize a ½-cent economic development tax, where the funds raised would pay for a $37.7 million recreation center.
That idea was shelved, however, due to economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city of Shoreacres has three City Council positions on this year’s ballot, but there will be no races, as only three people have filed for election.
Incumbent Mayor David Jennings is running unopposed for the city’s top spot.
Jennings is 61 years old and is retired.
Two at-large alderman positions are also on the ballot.
Neil Moyer, 70, is an incumbent and the retiree will continue to hold his seat on the council.
The other alderman seat will be filled by Ron Hoskins. The 61-year-old lists his occupation as manager.
John DeLapp is a freelance writer. He can be contacted at email@example.com.