UPDATE: Unofficial results show Ehlers, Witt poised for Bellaire council runoff as Frazier wins Position 1; Gordon likely for Position 3

Voting results are in for the Nov. 2 general election. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Voting results are in for the Nov. 2 general election. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Voting results are in for the Nov. 2 general election. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated 9 a.m. Nov. 3

With all voting centers reporting in, voting results show Andréa Ehlers and Brian Witt will head to a runoff in the race for Bellaire City Council Position 5.

Ehlers and Witt started neck and neck with early-voting results, and that has remained unchanged with the vote so close that the race now faces a runoff.

Unofficial results show Ehlers with 48.74% of the vote at 1,824 votes, compared to Witt's 48.53%, or 1,816 votes. In races with three or more candidates, once all ballots are counted, if no candidate has more than 50% of the vote, the two candidates with the most votes will compete in a runoff election in December. All results are unofficial until canvassed; however,

David Montalvo, meanwhile, finished 2.73% of the vote, or 102 votes.


In the race for Position 1, Winfred Frazier won with 60.3% of the vote, at 2,213 votes compared to his opponent, Kevin Newman, at 39.7% of the vote at 1,457 votes.

The race for Position 3 is much tighter, however. Unofficial results show Ross Gordon appears to have won the race with 50.61% of the vote, at 1,896 votes, though his margin is only 46 votes against his opponent, Javier Vega, with 49.39% of the vote, at 1,850 votes.

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Posted 10:15 p.m. Nov. 2

With Harris County early voting results now in hand, Winfred Frazier leads the race for Position 1, while the races for Positions 3 and 5 are neck and neck.

Ross Gordon and Andréa Ehlers have narrow leads in the races for Positions 3 and 5, respectively, though opponents are not far behind in the races for three total positions on the Bellaire City Council.

These candidates represent three of eight candidates that are running for office in Bellaire, with one candidate running unopposed for mayor and seven candidates running for City Council positions.

Incumbent Mayor Andrew Friedberg ran unopposed for his position and has amassed 1,374 votes.

Meanwhile, the seven candidates are running for the three City Council positions—Position 1, Position 3, and Position 5.

Position 1 candidate Kevin Newman has amassed 707 votes, or 40.68% of the vote, and is behind Frazier, who has 1,031 votes, or 59.32% of the vote.

Early voting results for Position 3, meanwhile, show candidate Javier Vega behind by only 23 votes in the race against Gordon, who has 896 votes, or 50.65% of votes, collected so far.

Ehlers and candidate Brian Witt have an early lead in the race for Position 5 with 49.21% and 47.85%, respectively. Witt is currently behind by 24 votes with 846 votes so far compared to the 870 votes for Ehlers, while David Montalvo is bringing up the rear with 52 votes, or 2.94% of votes.

In a race of three or more candidates, if no candidate exceeds 50% of the vote by the time all ballots are counted, the two candidates with the most votes will compete in a runoff election in December.

The incumbent for Council Member Position 1, Neil Verma, was eligible to run, but chose not to do so, according to the city clerk, while the Council members for Positions 3 and 5—Gus Pappas and Michael Fife—are term limited and are ineligible to run for City Council.

According to the Bellaire city clerk, council members can serve two consecutive four-year terms, while the mayor is able to serve four consecutive two-year terms.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. Visit our online Voter Guide for all local election results in your community.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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