Incumbents dominate Shenandoah City Council elections

Updated at 9:18 p.m. CST

Incumbents ruled the day in the Shenandoah City Council elections, as Ron Hyde, Darrell Frazier and Jean Teague won their respective races by significant margins May 11.

According to unofficial results, Hyde defeated Ron Raymaker for Position 2 with 63 percent, or 240 votes, compared to 37 percent, or 141 votes, for Raymaker. Hyde, a two-term council member, served as the City of Shenandoah's first fire marshall and bailiff for the city's municipal court and has more than 13 years of involvement with the city.

Hyde was unavailable for comment.

The Position 4 incumbent, Teague, also won her race against opponent John Escoto, based on unofficial results. Teague received 241 votes, or 62.6 percent, compared to Escoto's 144 votes, or 37.4 percent. In her first term with Shenandoah, she helped establish the Shenandoah Civic Club and serves on numerous city committees.

"I look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Shenandoah," Teague said. "Our current council has been very fiscally conservative and I want to continue that."

Although Teague said she does not believe there are significant issues facing the city over her next term, she looks forward to continued economic development, such as Vision Park.

"Shenandoah has been building exponentially," Teague said. "Every time we turn around, someone else wants to build in Shenandoah, so we're in a very good place right now."

In the tightest race of the election, Position 3 incumbent Frazier defeated Jennifer Marino. Frazier, a two-time incumbent, received 236 votes, or 60.7 percent, compared to Marino's 153 votes, or 39.3 percent. Frazier has helped the city establish a Shenandoah resident scholarship and serves on the Municipal Development District and Shenandoah Civic Club.

"I'm very happy that I can serve the residents of Shenandoah for another term," Frazier said. "I feel like we've accomplished a lot in my first two terms. I want to continue that trend and provide excellent services and amenities for the residents."

Frazier praised the residents for getting out to vote and said he hopes to continue improving the city's communication with its residents. He said he also wants to continue working on the city's pathways to improve transportation around the community.

"There's always room for improvement in every aspect of anything you do," he said. "Our council works together well with the professional staff we have, and I'm really looking forward to be able to continue that trend."

All results are unofficial until the votes have been canvassed. The new council members will be sworn in at the May 22 council meeting.

Posted at 7:33 p.m. CST

Early voting totals for the Shenandoah City council election favor incumbents Ron Hyde, Darrell Frazier and Jean Teague.

According to unofficial results, Hyde leads Ron Raymaker for Position 2 with 67 percent, or 136 votes, compared to 33 percent, or 67 votes, for Raymaker. Hyde, a two-term council member, served as the City of Shenandoah's first fire marshall and bailiff for the city's municipal court and has more than 13 years of involvement with the city.

The Position 4 incumbent, Teague, also leads her race against John Escoto following the release of early voting totals. Teague received 132 votes, or about 63.8 percent, compared to Escoto's 75, or 36.2 percent. In her first term with Shenandoah, she helped establish the Shenandoah Civic Club and serves on numerous city committees.

In the tightest race thus far, Frazier leads Jennifer Marino following the results of early voting. Frazier, a two-time incumbent, has received 131 votes, or 63 percent, compared to Marino's 77 votes, or 37 percent. Frazier has helped the city establish a Shenandoah resident scholarship and serves on the Municipal Development District and Shenandoah Civic Club.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

By Matt Stephens
Matt Stephens joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2012. A Tomball native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Matt joined as a reporter for The Woodlands team before being promoted to help launch the Spring | Klein edition in spring of 2014 and later to North Houston managing editor in late 2015. He has served as managing editor to the Phoenix and Nashville papers since August 2020.


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