Bellaire City Council looks pretty much the same
The Bellaire City Council will have a familiar look after Tuesday night’s elections, albeit with a new member.
With voter turnout about 16.7 percent, according to the Harris County Clerk’s Office, voters in the enclave city voted to keep three incumbents on the council. One newcomer will join the council after running to fill the seat vacated by Roman Reed, who was term-limited.
Mayor Andrew Friedberg easily won re-election with a staggering 89.4 percent of the vote. Challenger Robert Riquelmy received about 10.6 percent of the nearly 2,000 votes cast.
Friedberg was first elected mayor in 2015 and was a city council member previously for six years.
In the race for Position 1 on the council to fill Reed’s spot, Neil Verma bested Kevin Newman. Verma garnered more than 67 percent of the votes cast.
Incumbent Michael Fife bested Jim Avioli Sr. to retain her Position 5 seat. Fife received more than 59 percent of the votes cast.
Incumbent Gus Pappas ran unopposed in Position 3.
Also on the ballot were 18 propositions cleaning up the City Charter. All passed by huge margins.
All results are preliminary pending canvassing of the election by the City Council.