Seven candidates have filed to run for three positions up for election this May on the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 9 board of commissioners. Candidates drew numbers for placement on the ballot at a Feb. 26 meeting.
An ESD is a political subdivision that controls non-municipal fire and emergency medical services in unincorporated areas like Cy-Fair. ESD No. 9 contracts with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, manages the department's budget, sets tax rates and holds monthly meetings that are open to the community. Commissioners are overseeing the construction of several new fire stations underway in Cy-Fair.
The three seats occupied by commissioners Scott DeBoer, Betty Avery and Jeremy Martinson are up for election this May. DeBoer and Avery have both filed to run for re-election and will run against five challengers.
Rather than compete in head-to-head elections, candidates in ESD races all run against each other, and the top three candidates with the most votes win the three seats. ESD No. 9 commissioners serve four-year terms. Commissioners Bob Janusaitis and David Langenberg will be up for election in 2020.
After the drawing, the candidates will be listed in the following order:
- Scott DeBoer
- Mike West
- Tommy Balez
- Martin Martinez
- Eric D. Zapata
- Jessica Rivas
- Betty Avery
Election day is May 5. Look for more information on each of the candidates in the April edition of Community Impact Newspaper. For more information on ESDs and how they function, click here.