During a special meeting Nov. 17, Conroe City Council members unanimously approved setting a runoff election for Dec. 15 to determine the candidate who will fill Place 5 on council. Candidates Kelley Inman and Marsha Porter received 29.35% and 22.48 of votes in the Nov. 3 election, respectively; six candidates ran for the position, according to results from the Montgomery County Elections Office, which forced a runoff.

The runoff election will be conducted by the Montgomery County Elections Administrator, City Secretary Soco Gorjon said during the meeting, with early voting running from Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

Place 5 was vacated as former Council Member Jody Czajkoski initiated his run for mayor. Czajkoski was sworn in as mayor Nov. 17.

In addition to swearing in Czajkoski as mayor, Conroe City Council also welcomed two new council members Nov. 17 following the Nov. 3 election for Places 1 and 2.

Replacing former Council Member Duane Ham, Todd Yancey was sworn into Place 1. Replacing former Council Member Seth Gibson, Curt Maddux was sworn in.

After being sworn in, Czajkoski recognized the difficult time former Mayor Pro Tem Duke Coon—who holds Place 3—had led the city through.

"We had an interesting season here. We lost a good man, our former Mayor Toby Powell, and Duke stepped in and took the baton and took this city and led by example with good authority and did a wonderful job and did not miss a beat," Czajkoski said.

Cjakoski appointed Council Member Raymond McDonald—who holds Place 4—to serve as the city's new mayor pro tem.

“I’m honored to serve as your new mayor pro tem," McDonald said. "I’ve learned so much from watching you, Duke. No one runs a meeting better in North America.”

Runoff election

Early voting: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 9; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 10-11

Early voting locations: Lee G. Alworth Building, 207 W. Phillips St., Conroe; April Sound Church, 67½ S. April Wind Drive, Montgomery

Election Day: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 15

Election Day location: Lee G. Alworth Building, 207 W. Phillips St., Conroe