Incumbent Greg Holden retains Jersey Village City Council seat, new mayor elected

Municipal elections were held in Jersey Village on May 4.

Municipal elections were held in Jersey Village on May 4.

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With unofficial votes tallied, incumbent Greg Holden appears to have won his re-election bid for Jersey Village City Council Place 2 with 69.2% of the vote, or 538 votes total.

Holden defeated challenger Merrilee Beazley, who earned 30.8% of the votes, or 240 votes. A total of 789 voters cast ballots in the election.

Holden has served on the council since being appointed in 2014 to fill a vacancy left by former Council Member Sandra Joachim, who resigned. He was previously elected to the council in 2001, serving four consecutive two-year terms.

In a previous interview with Community Impact Newspaper, Holden said his top priorities include continuing flood mitigation efforts in the city, supporting public safety and pursuing economic development.

"I am proud to have participated in the creation of the most ambitious project in our city’s history in the form of the 43-acre mixed-use, high density Village Center development on Jones Road," he said. "I will prioritize the continued collaborative efforts to design, build and complete this amazing development for the community.

Beazley ran on a platform of expanding flood control solutions under consideration, improving safety and improving transparency on the council.

Two other positions were up for election May 4 in Jersey Village, both of which featured candidates running unopposed. Place 1 Council Member Andrew Mitcham threw his hat in the ring in the race for Jersey Village Mayor, and Bobby Warren ran for re-election to retain council Place 3.

Mitcham received a total of 624 votes, while Warren received 617 votes.

Mitcham, like Holden, ran on a platform of providing continuity on the council and carrying on initiatives that are underway, including flood mitigation, economic development and exploring property tax relief.

“I will continue in the tradition of my predecessors by running collaborative, open budget workshops this summer to help Council identify where it can raise exemptions without impacting our ability to maintain and improve services,” Mitcham said in a previous interview with Community Impact Newspaper.

Justin Ray, who currently holds the city’s mayor position, announced in February he would step down to run for Texas House District 135.

On May 6, council members will interview candidates for City Council Place 1, which will be left open after Mitcham takes over as mayor. A new Place 1 council member is expected to be appointed at the May 13 regular council meeting.

Jersey Village City Council members serve two-year terms without compensation.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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