Sugar Land postpones May 2 elections to Nov. 3 in response to coronavirus outbreak

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Sugar Land and Missouri City city councils have both postponed their local elections, moving them from May 2 to Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Sugar Land and Missouri City city councils have both postponed their local elections, moving them from May 2 to Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Sugar Land and Missouri City city councils have both postponed their local elections, moving them from May 2 to Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Sugar Land has postponed local elections, moving them from May 2 to Nov. 3.

During a livestreamed virtual meeting April 7, Sugar Land City Council voted unanimously to postpone the May 2 election.

On March 18, Gov. Greg Abbott issued the suspended election code provisions, allowing municipalities to reschedule the May 2 election.

This year, three City Council positions are up for election, including the mayoral seat and at-large positions 1 and 2.

While incumbent Mayor Joe Zimmerman and incumbent at-large Position 2 Council Member Jennifer Lane are running unopposed, the race for at-large Position 1 is contested.


Taylor Landin and William Ferguson have filed to fill Himesh Gandhi’s seat. The filing window will not be reopened, City Secretary Thomas Harris III said.

Due to term limits, Gandhi is not eligible to file for re-election since he is serving his fourth consecutive two-year term.

“Y’all are going to be stuck with me another six months,” Gandhi joked during the livestream.

In addition to the City Council election being postponed, nine charter amendments will also be postponed to Nov. 3 for residents to weigh in on.

These amendments relate to council term lengths and limits, candidate qualifications, vacancies, council meetings, forfeiture of office and petition signatures.

Fort Bend County’s Stay Home to Save Lives order is in effect until April 30.

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