Newcomer Alex Kamkar and incumbent Woody Owens won their bids Dec. 16 for Pearland City Council.

Kamkar won 3,770 votes, or 66.9% of all votes, for Position 3. His opponent, Lewis Barnes, received 1,864 votes, or 33.1%.

Meanwhile, Owens received 3,789 votes, or 67%, for Position 7. Mashunda Ivery, his opponent, won 1,865 votes, or 33%.

In the Nov. 3 election, Kamkar received 29% of the votes versus Barnes' 34%. Owens got 36.7% against Ivery's 32%.

In Q&A's with Community Impact Newspaper, Kamkar said he hopes to hold the city more accountable to residents.

"They’ve been routinely dismissed and ignored, and now the tax burden is pushing longtime residents out of their homes," he said.

Owens said Pearland needs to focus on paying down debt.

"Pearland’s current debt, general fund and enterprise fund combined is approximately $848,000,000. If no new debt is incurred, it will take 40 years to pay it off," he said.