Candidate filing period open for May 4 elections in Katy, Fulshear


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Katy City Council terms span two years, not three. 

The application period opened Wednesday, Jan. 16, for candidates wishing to file for a place on the May 4 ballot, according to election information.

A number of City Council and school board trustee seats are up for election this year in the Katy area. The deadline to file for a place on the May 4 ballot is Friday, Feb. 15.

Three positions will be placed on the ballot for Katy City Council: mayor, Ward A and Ward B. City Council terms span two years, while the mayoral position spans three years. Upon reaching a six-year limit, a candidate must take a year off before running for council again.

At the time of publishing, the following candidates have announced or confirmed they are campaigning for City Council:

  • Mayor Chuck Brawner for mayor re-elect
  • former Police Chief Bill Hastings for mayor
  • Ward A City Council Member Frank Carroll for Ward A re-elect
  • former City Council Member Steve Pierson for Ward B
  • Jenifer Stockdick, a member of the city’s parks and recreation board, adjustments board and tourism bureau, for Ward B

Current Ward B City Council Member Jimmy Mendez said he is not seeking re-election because he has served for six consecutive years.

The city of Fulshear will place four City Council seats on the upcoming ballot: at-large Position 1, District 1, District 4 and District 5. The positions are currently held by Kent Pool, Dana Hollingsworth, Joel Patterson and Mayor Pro Tem Kaye Kahlich, respectively.

Terms span two years, and the maximum term limit is three terms. As of 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 16, Pool filed for re-election, and Kevin White filed to run for District 1, city of Fulshear Secretary Kim Kopecky said.

Katy ISD will also have positions 1 and 2 on the ballot. These seats are currently held by George Scott and Rebecca Fox, respectively. Fox said she filed her candidacy, and Scott did not immediately respond for comment.  Sean Dolan of grassroots organization A Better Legacy has said he intends to run for a board seat. Terms for the KISD board span three years.

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Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education since 2013. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.
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