Magnolia city council

Position 1


 

Anne Sundquist


Anne Sundquist was first elected to serve on the Magnolia City Council in 2011. Sundquist previously served as president of the Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and has worked as a teacher and administrator
for nearly 30 years in the area.

Why are you running for re-election?


Those of us on City Council, including the mayor, work well together. We’ve made a great deal of progress over the last four years. We’ve doubled our square miles for the city. We are expanding the infrastructure so that heavier retail development can take place. I would like to see us continue the growth while maintaining the beauty that brought so many of us here to begin with.

What is going to be the city’s biggest challenge in the coming years?


[One of the biggest challenges] is keeping up with the growth potential and making certain [the city experiences] quality growth. Our sales tax has increased every month compared to last year. We think that in spite of the construction that’s going on with the roads—we’ve got construction in all directions—we are still seeing a good increase in sales tax each time.

If re-elected, what are some of the top priorities you hope to accomplish?


I want to make certain that we use the city’s resources to the best of our ability to help the residents and to help the business people and to do it with an agenda that’s focused on the residents and the businesses.

 

Dona Hunt


A 14-year resident of the Magnolia area, Dona Hunt serves as executive director of the Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce. If elected, Hunt said she plans to continue working at the chamber and will abstain from voting on chamber-related issues.

Why are you running for City Council?


I’m really passionate about Magnolia, and I feel like I could represent the voters well. I’m also very interested in the growth [of the city]. I’d like to see the city take a strong stance on how development should occur to keep the ambience of our city. I just feel that I could be a good representative for the residents and business owners.

What is going to be the city’s biggest challenge in the coming years?


I think one of the biggest challenges is going to be maintaining the atmosphere. You want to keep the small-town feel while growing Magnolia in a healthy way. I think this is going to need to be done with careful planning.

If elected, what are some of the top priorities you hope to accomplish?


I want to focus on transportation issues in Magnolia and maintaining the standards for new businesses coming in. We can do this by working with the [Texas Department of Transportation] to keep up with mobility and safety and working with the council to continue improving the roads.

 




 

Position 2


 

Jeff Chumley


Jeff Chumley is the owner of Chumley’s Towing and Recovery and has lived in Magnolia for more than 40 years. He was elected to serve on the Magnolia City Council in 2011 and ran unopposed for a second term in 2013.

Why are you running for re-election?


Candidate declined to comment.

What is going to be the city’s biggest challenge in the coming years?


Candidate declined to comment.

If re-elected, what are some of the top priorities you hope to accomplish?


Candidate declined to comment.

 

John Bramlett


John Bramlett has been a Magnolia resident since 1976. Bramblett works as the code enforcement officer for the city of Magnolia but said he plans to resign by April 10 to avoid any conflicts of interest. Previously, Bramlett worked in public education.

Why are you running for City Council?


I want to see more roads and ditches taken care of, and I’d like to improve public safety within the city. I’d like to see more areas along the right of ways and areas that [are vacant] mowed to make the town look nicer. My goal is to make Magnolia not just a place to call home, but a place that all would be proud to live in.

What is going to be the city’s biggest challenge in the coming years?


The biggest concern is traffic, which is bad now. I’m also concerned about the Magnolia Ridge subdivision public improvement district [proposed assessment plan tax increases]. I’m not sure if that will be settled before the elections take place, but it’s a big burden to homeowners.

If elected, what are some of the top priorities you hope to accomplish?


[I’d like to work on] fixing roads and ditches, public safety and working with the council and property owners to create more transparency [between the city and residents]. I also want to work with the community to improve traffic conditions.




 

IMPORTANT DATES


Voter registration deadline: April 9
First day of in-person early voting: April 27
Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked): April 30
Last day of in-person early voting: May 5

ELECTION DAY: May 9, 2015




 Registering to vote


Harris County


Find a registration form online at: www.hctax.net/voter/registrationPaper registration forms are available at any Harris County Tax Office branch,8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., or by calling 713-368-8683.

Montgomery County


Find a registration form online at: www.mctx.org/election
Paper registration forms are available at the Election Administrator’s Office at
9159 Airport Road, Conroe, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., or by calling 936-539-7843.




 Local Elections


Magnolia City Council, Position 3
Richard Carby is running unopposed and has been declared elected to a second term.

MISD board of trustees, position 7
Chuck Adcox is running unopposed and has been declared elected to a second term.

Tomball city council, positions 2, 4
The city of Tomball has canceled its May 9 election since each of the candidates ran unopposed.
$350 million mobility bond referendum
Montgomery County voters will have an opportunity to cast their ballots either for or against the proposed bond that is projected to fund 77 mobility projects in the four precincts.

 

 

 
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.