Correction: This story has been updated to reflect a runoff election is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 17 following the vote totals being reported from Jan. 13's election. This story has also been updated to show the most recent vote count for candidate Rachel McAdam.

Unofficial election votes for League City City Council’s vacant Position 4 seat show candidate Courtney Chadwell and Ange Mertens in the lead, with all three voting centers reporting.

However, for a candidate to be declared a winner, they must have 51% of the votes, according to city code. A runoff election has been tentatively scheduled for Feb. 17 between the two candidates, Sarah Greer Osborne, League City director of communications, said in a Jan. 14 email.

“I want to thank all my supporters who came out and voted on Saturday and in early voting,” Chadwell said. “Looking forward to...win this runoff and getting to work to represent their conservative values on the council.”

"I'm thrilled to still have the opportunity to try and prove to the community that I'm the best candidate to serve the citizens in League City," Mertens said.


By the numbers

Unofficial results posted by Galveston County show Chadwell in the lead with 1,405 votes, or 42.58% of the total vote count. Mertens has the next highest vote count with 610, or 18.48% of the total vote count, followed by Katherine Swanson who has 607 votes, or 18.39% of the total votes.

Trailing them are Rachel McAdam and Chris Dodson, with 489 votes, or 14.82%, and 189 votes, or 5.73% of the vote, respectively.

Updated 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13
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With the first ballots posted at around 7:15 p.m., unofficial election results show Courtney Chadwell leading a race of five candidates for League City City Council Position 4, which expires in November.

The gist

The race for Position 4 of League City City Council was triggered after former council member John Bowen vacated the spot in November. Community Impact previously reported on Bowen’s resignation.

Unofficial results posted by Galveston County show Chadwell in the lead with 546 votes, or 35.87% of the total vote count. Ange Mertens has the next highest vote count with 337, or 22.14% of the total vote count, followed by Katherine Swanson who has 297 votes, or 19.51% of the total votes.


Trailing them are Rachel McAdam and Chris Dodson, with 256 votes, or 16.82%, and 86 votes, or 5.65% of the vote, respectively.