Six vie for new Pearland council position
Pearland’s May 6 city election features a crowded field of candidates vying for a new council position and a longtime mayor running against two challengers.
A former engineer who retired from Johnson Space Center after 32 years, Tom Reid has served as mayor from 1978-1990 and from 1995 to the present.
He is challenged by Quentin Wiltz, a 10-year resident of west Pearland who works as director of commercial at Stupp Coating LLC, a pipeline coating company that services the oil and gas industry, and Jimi Amos, a Shadow Creek Ranch resident who works as an engineer for Schlumberger.
In the race for City Council Position 3, incumbent Gary Moore is challenged by J. Darnell Jones.
Elected to his first term in 2004, Moore is a senior environmental technologist for Dow Chemical Corp. Jones, a retired veteran who served in both the Army and Navy, owns Professional Services Ltd., a Houston-based diversity, compliance and business development consulting company.
In January, City Councilman Greg Hill announced he would seek election as judge for Brazoria County Court at Law No. 1, and two candidates are competing for his Position 5 seat: James David Little, a certified public accountant and attorney who runs his own Pearland-based law firm, and Jude Smith, a Geico Insurance staff attorney at the Houston-based law firm Levin and Clinebell.
Hill will stay on council until the election’s decided.
Six candidates have filed to run for the newly created council Position No. 7.
Candidate Sherry Stockwell is a retired real estate broker with 30 years of experience. She also owns two businesses: the Reflection Bay Event Center in Shadow Creek Ranch and Pearland Med Spa.
Also running is Bud Tollefsen, a full-time student at the University of Houston who works as a recreation attendant for the city of Pearland.
Other candidates are retiree Terry Gray, who is a former city councilman who served from 1976-1978 and from 1980-1986, former Pearland police officer Grover “Sonny” Atkins who retired after 36 years and is police chief for the City of Brookside Village.
In addition, the race includes Dalia Kasseb, a pharmacist and co-owner of Pyramids Pharmacy, and Woody Owens, who served on the city council for 12 years before stepping down in 2013 due to term limits. Owens is vice president of Houston-based Aztec Engineering Group Inc.