Saturday, May 6 was Election Day in Pearland where voters had their chance to cast a ballot that included the mayor, two city council seats, and four bond propositions. Voter turnout was extremely low as only 6.2% of registered voters cast a ballot.
Incumbent Mayor and HAR Recommended Candidate Kevin Cole ran unopposed and will enter his second term looking to build on the work he started in his first term after replacing longtime former Mayor Tom Reid in 2020. In the race for City Council Position 3, HAR Recommended Candidate Alex Kamkar was re-elected after garnering the support of more than 66% of the voters. Like the mayor, Councilmember Kamkar will enter his second term in office. In the open seat for City Council Position 7, HAR Recommended Candidate Antonio Johnson was defeated by local business owner Rushi Patel after Johnson received just over 42% of the vote.
All four bond propositions passed with the closest result being Proposition C, which passed with 51.32%. Proposition C approved two parks and recreation projects. The three other bond propositions all passed with more than 60% of voters voting in favor. Proposition A, which included the majority of the funds, will allow the city to conduct a number of drainage projects with the goal of reducing flooding within Pearland. Proposition B included two infrastructure improvements, the first being the widening of Hughes Road from two to four lanes as well as the replacement of concrete sidewalks within the city. Proposition D approved the construction of what will be Fire Station No. 7 in Pearland.
Next on the election calendar will be the November 7 local elections in the City of Houston and the Woodlands Township as well as other municipalities across the state.