UPDATED: Yolanda Ford, Chris Preston win Missouri City City Council runoff election

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Updated 6:54 a.m., Dec. 9

Yolanda Ford unseated Allen Owen on Dec. 8 to become Missouri City’s first African American and female mayor. Council member at large Position 2 incumbent Chris Preston will retain his position on the council.

With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, former District A Council Member Yolanda Ford led Owen with 5,015 votes, or 51.93 percent, while the incumbent mayor received 4,642 votes, or 48.07 percent, according to unofficial results from the Fort Bend County elections office.

“I am so proud that the residents of Missouri City have elected me as their mayor. After having served on the city council for the past five years, and as a lifelong resident, I am deeply invested in the well-being and growth of Missouri City, and I look forward to working with citizens, the city council and others toward its betterment,” Ford said in a statement.

In the at large Position 2 race, Preston received 6,050 votes, or 64.18 percent, while Susan Soto received 3,377 votes, or 35.82 percent.

The special runoff election for the Missouri City City Council positions began with early voting Nov. 26-Dec. 4. A total of 6,971 Missouri City residents cast ballots, either in-person or by mail, during early voting, according to the county.

Of 49,331 registered voters eligible to vote in this election, 19.36 percent voted as of Dec. 8, according to unofficial county results.

Ford and Preston will be sworn into office at the Monday, Dec. 17 regular city council meeting. The Mayor Pro Tem will also be elected on that date.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Christine Hall
Christine Hall joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2018, and covers Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD. She previously reported on health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center, was a freelancer, and held various news roles at the Houston Business Journal.
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