Russo, Perez headed for runoff in Pearland City Council Position 6 race

Three commissioners were voted in to serve four years on Emergency Services District 11 in Spring.

Three commissioners were voted in to serve four years on Emergency Services District 11 in Spring.

Updated 10:00 a.m. May 8

Monica Russo and Trent Perez will face each other in a runoff election in June after finishing in the top two in the race for Pearland City Council Position 6. Russo garnered 34.5 percent of votes, or 930 tallies, and Perez finished 102 votes behind with 828.

"I'm really excited, to be honest with you" Russo said. "I knew there was going to be a runoff in this race because we had four people running, but I was really pleased to see the numbers."

Russo, who is seeking public office for the first time, said she is ready to continue her campaign.

"We're going to work hard over the next few weeks and try to keep that momentum going," she said. "I think what we've been doing is working well for us. It's really about engaging the community."

Perez was not immediately available for comment.

Adrienne Bell received 588 votes, or 21.8 percent, and Terry Gray followed with 10.5 percent of tallies.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 9:45 p.m.

Monica Russo and Trent Perez will face each other in a runoff election in June after finishing in the top two in the race for Pearland City Council Position 6. Russo garnered 34.5 percent of votes, or 930 tallies, and Perez finished 32 votes behind with 828.

Adrienne Bell received 588 votes, or 21.8 percent, and Terry Gray followed with 10.5 percent of tallies.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 7:21 p.m.

Monica Russo leads the race for Pearland City Council Position 6 by 15 votes, according to early voting numbers. Russo garnered 686 votes, or 33.7 percent, and Trent Perez followed with 671 tallies.

Adrienne Bell trails with 450 votes, or 22.1 percent, and Terry Gray earned 228 early votes, or 11.2 percent.

Pearland approved the additional council position in 2014 and will add a seventh seat in 2017, city officials said.

If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of votes, the individuals with the two highest totals will face each other in a runoff election in June.

Russo has lived in Pearland for more than 10 years and plans to address the city's growth, safety, infrastructure and fiscal management if elected. Russo is a media specialist.

Perez, who also ran last year, said he would target traffic, debt, road maintenance, public safety and flooding. Perez is a business owner and civil engineer.

Elementary school teacher Bell, who ran for council in May 2015 as well, said if elected she would try to maintain Pearland's high quality of life.

Gray, a retired Realtor and former Pearland City Council member, has lived in the city for 59 years. His top priorities are managing debt, retirement funding, traffic and infrastructure.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.