Candidate rejected for The Woodlands Township board election over technicality

The Woodlands Township board of directors election will be held Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Woodlands Township board of directors election will be held Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Woodlands Township board of directors election will be held Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The filing deadline for the Nov. 3 board of directors in The Woodlands Township ended 5 p.m. Aug. 17, with several filings on the last day bringing the total number of potential candidates to 13. During the township’s review of the applications this week, however, one application was rejected as of Aug. 20.

According to a statement from the township, a candidate who filed for Position 2 on the board, Amanda Beasley, was not accepted because the form did not list her occupation in a space marked “Occupation (Do not leave blank).” The township said filers who had anomalies affecting their candidacy are notified by certified mail and email.

Position 2 is currently occupied by Jason Nelson, who was appointed to replace Brian Boniface when he stepped down earlier this year to provide coronavirus relief with the U.S. Army Reserves. Nelson has also filed for Position 2, alongside three other candidates, Louis Granados, Tom Chumbley and Jimmie Dotson.

Applications were reviewed within five days of receipt, and the process followed by the board is in accordance with state law, according to the township.

The final list of the candidates will be posted on the township website after the drawing for ballot order.


The last day for write-in candidates is 5 p.m. Aug. 21, according to the township.

The full list of candidates that filed as of Aug. 17 is available on The Woodlands Township website.
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.