12 West University Place residents file to run in May general election

During the upcoming May 1 general election, two candidates will run for West University Place mayor, and 10 candidates will run for four City Council positions. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
During the upcoming May 1 general election, two candidates will run for West University Place mayor, and 10 candidates will run for four City Council positions. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

During the upcoming May 1 general election, two candidates will run for West University Place mayor, and 10 candidates will run for four City Council positions. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

For the upcoming May 1 general election, the city of West University Place has two candidates running for mayor and 10 candidates running for four City Council positions, according to filings with the city secretary.

Feb. 12 was the last day for candidates to file for a place on the ballot.

West University Place voters may vote for no more than one candidate for mayor and no more than four candidates for council member, City Secretary Thelma Gilliam said. The mayor will be selected based on who receives the greatest number of votes. For City Council, the top four vote-getters will be elected as council members. The city will not hold a runoff election.

Under the West University Place city charter, no person can serve as mayor or council member for more than three two-year successive terms.

The last day for residents to register to vote is April 1. Early voting spans April 19-27. The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is April 20. For more information, visit the Harris County Election Division website.


Here is a full list of the candidates. Candidates are listed by their order on the ballot, and incumbents are marked with an asterisk.

Mayor

Susan Sample

Kevin Trautner

City Council

Mathew Mapram

Melanie Bell

Rich Beck

John P. Barnes*

John Montgomery

Sam Parikh

Mardi Turner

Shannon Carroll

Lauri Lankford*

Ed Sobash*
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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