UPDATE: Arliss Bentley, Paula Settle head to runoff for Humble City Council Place 4

Unofficial final results show Arliss Bentley and Paula Settle will compete in the Dec. 12 runoff for Humble City Council Place 4 race. (Community Impact staff)
Unofficial final results show Arliss Bentley and Paula Settle will compete in the Dec. 12 runoff for Humble City Council Place 4 race. (Community Impact staff)

Unofficial final results show Arliss Bentley and Paula Settle will compete in the Dec. 12 runoff for Humble City Council Place 4 race. (Community Impact staff)

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Updated 11:45 a.m. Nov. 4


Arliss Bentley is one of two candidates heading to the Dec. 12 runoff for the Humble City Council Place 4 race. Bentley is a retired teacher who serves on the city's beautification committee. In a Community Impact Newspaper questionnaire, Bentley said her top priorities would be infrastructure improvements, establishing ordinances that encourage green space and enhancing services for the city's residents.

In a Nov. 4 phone interview, Bentley said she was grateful for the people who voted for her and that she is excited to see residents at the city's annual Christmas parade Dec. 1.

"My track record of attending council meetings for the last 13 years shows that I'm interested in the city and I want to be part of the city," she said. "I want to let the citizens become a vital part of the city and become more involved."


Updated 9 a.m. Nov. 4

With all Harris County voting centers reporting, candidates Arliss Bentley and Paula Settle are heading to a runoff election for the Humble City Council Place 4 race.

Unofficial final results show Bentley received 42.72% of votes, or 1,701 votes; Settle received 29.83% of votes, or 1,188 votes; and candidate Bruce Davidson received 27.45% of votes, or 1,093 votes.

As none of the candidates received 50.1% of votes, the top two candidates—Bentley and Settle—will be on the ballot for a Dec. 12 runoff election, City Secretary Jenny Page said. Page said all results are unofficial and will be canvassed at a special meeting Nov. 17.

Community Impact Newspaper spoke with Settle early Nov. 4 about the results. Community Impact Newspaper has reached out to Bentley for comment, and her comment will be added to the story when it becomes available.

Settle has served as general manager at Humble Machine Works for the last 22 years. In a questionnaire, Settle said her top priorities if elected would be to bring more businesses to downtown Humble, beautify the city, fire and police protection and improve the city's drainage.

"It was a good race, and I'm looking forward to the runoff," she said. "I want to tell [my supporters] thank you very much; I still need your support; and please get out and vote again on Dec. 12."


Bentley is a retired teacher who serves on the city's beautification committee. In a questionnaire, Bentley said her top priorities would be infrastructure improvements, establishing ordinances that encourage green space and enhancing services for the city's residents.

Updated 11:20 p.m. Nov. 3

Although all Election Day voting results have not yet been reported in Harris County, candidate Arliss Bentley maintains the lead in the race for Humble City Council Place 4 with 43.07% of votes, or 1,547 votes.

She is followed by candidates Paula Settle with 29.62% of votes, or 1,064 votes, and Bruce Davidson with 27.31% of votes, or 981 votes.

As there are three candidates, a candidate needs to win by 50.1% of votes to avoid a runoff, City Secretary Jenny Page said via email. While votes currently show the election heading to a runoff, Page said the Humble Civic Center has not reported its votes, which is expected to be the city's highest vote center.

Posted 7:25 p.m. Nov. 3

Polls closed at 7 p.m., and unofficial early voting results for Humble City Council Place 4 race in the Nov. 3 election are in.

Unofficial voting results show candidate Arliss Bentley is slightly ahead of candidates Paula Settle and Bruce Davidson in the race for Humble City Council Place 4, according to election numbers from the Harris County Clerk's office. The race does not have an incumbent, as longstanding Council Member Allan Steagall did not seek re-election.


Bentley has 43.08% of the votes, or 1,522 votes, while Settle has 29.63% of the votes, or 1,047 votes, and Davidson has 27.29% of the votes, or 964 votes. The City Council election was original scheduled for May, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Results are updated as of 7:25 p.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9 if they were sent from outside the U.S.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.