U.S., state reps up for re-election in Sugar Land, Missouri City

U.S. and state legislative seats are on the ballot Tuesday.

U.S. and state legislative seats are on the ballot Tuesday.

Election Day finally arrives Tuesday with polls open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Our October election guide contains ballot, voter I.D., polling place and candidate information. For a final refresher, here is a recap of prominent contested races affected Sugar Land and Missouri City voters:

U.S. House District 9


Incumbent Al Green, D-Houston, faces Republican challenger Jeff Martin for the U.S. House District 9 seat. The candidates were asked for their thoughts on legislative priorities, experience and challenges facing the district in our Q&A last month.

Green is running for his seventh term in office while Martin is running for his first term. Green outspent Martin and received more contributions according to Oct. 15 campaign finance reports.

U.S. House District 22

Incumbent Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, faces Democratic challenger Mark Gibson for the U.S. House District 22 seat. The candidates answered questions about healthcare and other challenges in the district for our Q&A last month.

Olson is running for his fifth term in office while Gibson, an attorney and small-business owner, is running for his first term. Olson outspent Gibson and received more contributions according to Oct. 15 campaign finance reports.

Texas House District 26


Incumbent Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, faces Democratic challenger L. Sarah DeMerchant for the Texas House District 26 seat. The candidates shared their priorities if elected in our Q&A last month, including tax and school finance reform.

Miller is running for his third term in office while DeMerchant, an information technology advisor, is running for her first term.

Texas House District 27

Incumbent Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, faces Republican challenger Ken Bryant for the Texas House District 27 seat. The candidates were asked about their priorities if elected in our Q&A last month.

Reynolds is running for his fourth term in office while Bryant, who is also an attorney, is running for his first term.

Texas House District 85

Incumbent Phil Stephenson, R-Wharton, faces Democratic challenger John Davis for the Texas House of Representatives District 85 seat. The candidates shared their priorities if elected in our Q&A last month, including tax and criminal justice reform.

Stephenson is running for his third term in office while Davis, a student at Stephen F. Austin State University, is running for his first term. According to Oct. 15 campaign finance reports, Stephenson outspent Davis and received more contributions. 

Fort Bend County Sheriff

Republican Troy Nehls is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Michael Ellison in the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s race. In a Q&A last month, the candidates discussed their qualifications for holding office and their priorities if elected.

Nehls is running for his second term as sheriff while Ellison, who has worked in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, is running for his first term. Oct. 15 campaign finance reports showed Ellison had outspent Nehls and received more contributions.