UPDATED: Sekula-Gibbs, Snyder, Milner maintain commanding leads in races for Woodlands Township board positions

Three candidates have taken leads for the three contested positions on The Woodlands Township board of directors. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Three candidates have taken leads for the three contested positions on The Woodlands Township board of directors. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Updated 7:44 a.m. Nov. 6

With754 of 757 voting centers reporting, Harris County voting totals for The Woodlands board of directors race added to the tallies recorded in Montgomery County but do not appear to have changed the results, which indicate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Ann K. Snyder and Bob Milner as having the highest vote totals in the three Nov. 5 races.

In Harris County, Sekula Gibbs received 497 votes, or 47.06% of the vote, Rashmi Gupta received 310 votes, or 29.36% of the vote and Walter Cooke received 249 votes, or 23.58% of the vote, in the race for Position No. 5.

For Position No. 6, incumbent Snyder received 796 votes, or 77.06% of the vote, Alan Richel received 128 votes or 12.39% of the total, Louis Granados received 64 votes, or 6.2% of the total and Tom Chumbley received 45 votes, or 4.36% of those cast.

In the race for position No. 7, Milner received 493 votes, or 47.91% of the vote, David Cassidy received 137 votes, or 13.34% of the total, Walt Lisiewski received 262 votes, or 25.51% of the total, and Andy DuBois received 136, or 13.24% of the total.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 10:39 p.m.

The three candidates with early leads for The Woodlands township board positions after early voting results were released on election night appear to be headed to victory, barring any runoff elections.

With all 49 Montgomery County precincts reporting in the race for The Woodlands Township board Position 5, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs has the lead with 6,543 votes, or 48.54% of the total. Rashmi Gupta received 3,920, or 29.08% of votes; and Walter Cooke received 3,017, or 22.38%.

"We're very optimistic, but it's a little bit too early to call it," Sekula-Gibbs said late on election night Nov. 5. "I feel good, and we've worked very, very hard for the results to be coming in the way they are."
She attributed the favorable turnout to several factors, including endorsements.

"I think the fact so many of the people who work very hard got behind me, like [state Rep.] Steve Toth and Gordy Bunch and a number of directors on the board got behind me very early. It was very important, and it was very meaningful for the community. Having those leaders come out and endorse me was critical, and I appreciate that very much," she said.

Ann K. Snyder will retain Position No. 6 on The Woodlands Township board of directors. Among Montgomery County voters, Snyder received 10,616 votes, or 79.22% of the total. Challengers Alan Richel, Louis Granados and Tom Chumbley received 1,248, 623 and 897 votes from Montgomery County voters, respectively.

“Thank you,” Snyder said in an email statement on election night. “That is the best way I know to express my heartfelt gratitude and true honor at being re-elected to The Woodlands Township. As I have always tried to do, I promise to continue to listen, and then act on behalf of the residents. Our wonderful hometown has a bright future, and I am thrilled to be a part of its leadership.”

In the race for Position No. 7, Bob Milner received the most votes in Montgomery County with 5,826 votes, or 45.79% of the total. Walt Lisiewski received 2,649 votes, or 20.82%; while Andy DuBois received 2,833 votes, or 22.27%; and David Cassidy received 1,416 votes, or 11.13% of the total.

Totals from Harris County voters were still being counted at 10:40 p.m. when Montgomery County results were in. However, only a fraction of The Woodlands is located within Harris County, and the uncounted votes seemed unlikely to affect election outcomes on election night.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 7:50 p.m.

Early voting results from Montgomery County show three candidates taking the lead in the races for three two-year positions on The Woodlands Township board of directors.

In the race for The Woodlands Township Position No. 5, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs has the lead among early voters in Montgomery County, with 2,566 votes, or 47.66% of the total. Rashmi Gupta received 2,068, or 27.64% of early votes; and Walter Cooke received 1,848, or 24.7%. Among Harris County voters, Gupta received 110 votes, or 22.73% of the total; Cooke received 133 votes, or 27.48%; and Sekula-Gibbs received 241 votes, or 49.79%.

Incumbent Ann K. Snyder has the lead for Position No. 6, with 5,952 votes, or 78.9% of the vote. Alan Richel received 729 early votes, 9.66% percent of the total, Louis Granados received 332 votes, or 4.4% of early votes, and Tom Chumbley received 531, or 7.04% of early votes. Among Harris County voters, Richel received 67 votes, or 14.16% of the total; Snyder received 367 votes, or 3.81% of the total; Granados received 18 votes, or 3.61% of the total; and Chumbley received 21 votes, or 4.44% of the total.

In the race for Position No. 7, Bob Milner has taken the lead with 3,193 votes, or 44.7% of the total. Walt Lisiewski and Andy DuBois each received 1,574 early votes, each receiving 22.04% of the total. David Cassidy received 802 votes, or 11.23% of the total. Among Harris County voters, Milner received 250 votes, or 52.19% of the total; Lisiewski received 118 votes, or 24.63%; Cassidy received 58 votes, or 12.11%; and DuBois received 53 votes, or 11.06%.

All results are unofficial until canvassed
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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