While 2023 will be a quiet election year in many places around the country, here in the Houston area, voters will have a few opportunities to head to the polls and cast ballots in some key local elections. In May, there will be local elections held in the City of Pearland followed by the November elections in the City of Houston and The Woodlands Township.

First, voters in Pearland will head to the polls on May 6. On the ballot this year will be the mayor’s seat, currently held by Kevin Cole, along with City Council Position 3 and Position 7 which are currently held by Alex Kamkar and Woody Owens respectively. Early voting will last from April 24 to May 2. The deadline to register to vote in the May 6 election is Thursday, April 6.

In November, voters in the City of Houston will elect a new mayor for the first time in eight years. Incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner is term limited and therefore cannot seek re-election. At least eight candidates have already announced that they are running including current “Dean of the Texas Senate” John Whitmire, former Interim Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, and former Houston City Councilmember and U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Edwards. All 16 City Council seats will also be on the ballot including six open seats in which the incumbent is term limited. The open seats are in City Council At-Large 1, 2 and 3 as well as Districts E, H and I.

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will also hold an election in November. The ballot will consist of Positions 5, 6 and 7. Position 5 is currently held by Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, the Position 6 incumbent is Dr. Ann Snyder and Position 7 is currently held by Bob Milner. Early voting for both the elections in the City of Houston and The Woodlands Township will be from October 23 to November 3 and Election Day is November 7. The deadline to register to vote in the November election is October 10.