Former Conroe City Council member and Conroe ISD coach Marsha Porter is the likely winner of the Dec. 15 runoff election for Conroe City Council Place 5, based off the unofficial report from the Montgomery County Elections Office. All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Porter garnered 1,367 votes, or 62.33% of votes, while opponent Kelley Inman received 826, or 37.67%. Inman received 36.8% of early votes and 44.27% of election day votes, while Porter received 63.2% and 55.73%, respectively.

Inman and Porter were the two candidates who garnered the most votes in the November general election—a race that had six candidates vying for the spot—but since neither candidate held a majority of votes, a runoff was called. However, Inman led the general election, receiving 29.37% of votes; Porter received 22.46%.

"I'm very grateful and appreciate that voters believed in me enough to return me to office," Porter said in a phone interview Dec. 16. "I certainly had a lot of help. My campaign team was really amazing. ... I'm so fortunate to have such good friends and supporters."

Porter said she would especially like to recognize her treasurer, Janet Bartlett.

As for council priorities, Porter said she never voted to raise taxes during her time on council from 2008-16, and she plans to uphold that as well as fight for low water rates and for the safety of the community.