With 59 of 63 Harris County precincts reporting, Warters got 534 votes, or 55.86% of the total votes. His opponent, Ashley Graves, got 422 votes, or 44.14%.
Warters and Graves are both on Nassau Bay City Council. Warters' council term has not expired, so if had he lost his bid for mayor, he would have remained on the council. Because he won, the council will appoint someone to empty seat.
In a Q&A with Community Impact Newspaper, Waters said he will bring management, technical and judgement experience to Nassau Bay.
"Having served on City Council for nine years and the city’s infrastructure committee for many years, I understand the problems our city is facing and how to work with the government agencies to solve those problems," he said.
Graves' council term has expired, and she ran for mayor instead of council, so her council position will be filled by the sole candidate who ran for her seat, Phil Johnson.
In the Nov. 3 election, Warters got 945 votes, or 41.9% of all votes. Graves got 775 votes, or 34.3%. A third candidate, Jonathan Amdur, got 535 votes, or 23.9%.
Because no one secured at least 50% of the vote Nov. 3, a runoff was required between the top two candidates.