Missouri City calls runoff
A longtime councilman in Missouri City lost his bid for re-election on Nov. 6 and municipal voters will return to the polls Dec. 8 to decide runoffs for mayor and at-large position 2 council member.
Allen Owen, who has served as mayor since 1994, will compete in the runoff against Yolanda Ford, who had served as District A council member. Ford’s running for mayor vacated her District A position. The city set a Nov. 9 deadline to accept nominations to fill the position. The appointee would serve until the next regular city election in November 2019.
Owen received 34.96 percent of the votes in the Nov. 6 election compared to 35.65 percent for Ford. A third candidate, Fred G. Taylor, received 29.39 percent of the vote. A runoff is required when any candidate does not receive 50 percent or more of the votes cast.
Runoff candidates for position 2 are incumbent Chris Preston, who received 47.40 percent of the votes and Susan Soto, who received 25.39 percent of the votes. Two other candidates also were on the Nov. 6 ballot: H.R. “Buddy” Snyder, who received 12.09 percent of the votes; and Angie Wierzbicki, who received 15.13 percent of the votes. Preston has serve on council since 2014.
Jerry Wyatt, who has served on city council since 1998, lost his bid for re-election to Vashaundra Edwards. Edwards received 54.84 percent of the vote. Wyatt also formerly served on city council from 1981-1994. Edwards will take the oath of office at the Nov. 19 city council meeting.