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Tressler wins League City council runoff

December 20, 2018 GMT

NASA engineer Chad Tressler easily claimed the Position 6 seat on League City’s council in a Dec. 18 runoff election.

Tressler won with 75 percent of the vote over opponent Chris Gross, who received 25 percent out of a total of 1,763 votes.

“My friends, neighbors, volunteers, and campaign manager put in a lot of work to get the result we did in this election, and I’m really thankful the voters recognized that effort,” Tressler said following his victory.

Tressler had made infrastructure, traffic and working to prevent flooding as priorities throughout his campaign and said he is eager to join City Council as it considers a May bond election to address some of those issues.


“I campaigned on a promise to spur action on reducing the risk to League City homeowners and businesses from flood events, and the best way to get that started will be ensuring we have a good list of viable drainage improvement projects on the bond,” he said.

Tressler, who has served on the League City parks board, cited “man-made issues” as a central cause in localized flooding in areas along Dickinson Bayou and Clear Creek watersheds. He has advocated securing funds and partnering with other cities, counties, the state and federal agencies to develop regional solutions.

Tressler said he has built relationships with council members as a regular visitor to meetings and that “the networks I’ve built will help as we work toward solutions.”

Tressler had received public endorsements from two current council members Larry Millican and Todd Kinsey.

In a three-way race for Position 6 in the Nov. 6 general election, Tressler received the most votes with 11,551 but fell short of garnering more than 50 percent of total votes cast. Gross finished in second place with 27.3 percent and 6,757 votes. A third candidate, Silvio Vincenzo came in third with 26 percent and 6,448 votes.

Mayor Pat Hallisey was re-elected in the general election, as was Position 7 council member Nick Long, while Hank Dugie was unopposed for Position 2. Former council member Andy Mann was elected to the Position 1 seat.

Tressler replaces Position 6 council member Keith Gross, who did seek re-election.