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Posted on: December 10, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions: 2018 Runoff Election Unofficial Results for Mayor, At-Large Position #2

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The 2018 Runoff Election took place on Saturday, Dec. 8 for Mayor and At-Large Position #2 with terms of office until November, 2020. The unofficial results for votes cast in Fort Bend and Harris Counties are as follows: 

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To further address inquiries in relation to this election, the City has compiled a list of frequently asked questions:

When will runoff election results be verified?

Results from the Dec. 8, 2018 Runoff Election will be canvassed at the Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 Special City Council Meeting.

When will the elected runoff candidates take office?

Elected officials may be sworn into office at the Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 Regular Meeting.

Do the oaths of office have to be administered at a City Council meeting?

No, but the election results must be canvassed before the candidates can be sworn in. 

How many Mayors have served the City of Missouri City?

Ten; Mayor-elect Yolanda Ford will become the City’s 11th Mayor. She is the first female and the first person of color to be elected to the position.

Do we have a list of Mayors who have served and their terms?

  • R. A. Stallings (1957 – 1959)
  • S. G. Deatherage (1959 – 1967)
  • Thomas P. Grant (1967 – 1971)
  • Vernon Williamson (1971 – 1973)
  • Glenn Jackson (1973 – 1975)
  • Leo Poye (1975 – 1977)
  • Jerry Motley (1977 – 1978)
  • Ken Valka (1978 – 1979)
  • John Knox (1979 – 1994)
  • Allen Owen (1994 – 2018)

What is Councilmember Chris Preston’s service history on City Council?

He was elected to At-Large Position #2 in 2014 and has served since then.

What is Mayor Allen Owen’s service history on City Council?

He was elected to Position 5 from 1986 to 1994 and as Mayor from 1994 to 2018. He was also elected as Mayor Pro Tem in 1992 and 1993.

Has Mayor Owen served on any other boards/commissions/committees?

Yes, including the Planning & Zoning Commission, Emergency Management Director (1994), Missouri City Water Supply Corporation and the Fort Bend Community Justice Council. Also, since 1994, Mayor Owen has chaired the 14 METRO Multi-City Coalition and the Fort Bend Mayor & Council Association.

He serves on the boards of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Fort Bend Literacy Council, and the Fort Bend Community Justice Council. Mayor Owen is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy (2014), the Drug Enforcement Administration Academy (2016) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (2017) Academy. He is also a lifetime vice president and director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a lifetime member of the Fort Bend Fair, past president of the Texas 4H Foundation, and president of the Asian American Family Services Center.

What is Mayor-elect Yolanda Ford’s service history on City Council?

She was elected to the District A position from 2013 to 2018.

Has she run for Mayor previously?

No 

Has Mayor-elect Ford served on any other boards/commissions/committees?

While on City Council, she has served on the Community Development Advisory Committee, the Livable Community Committee, and the Planning, Development & Infrastructure Committee.

Ford is also an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Planning Association (APA). She has served on the Colony Crossing Homeowners Association (CCHOA) board and is currently a member of the Texas Parkway Alliance (TPA) and A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI).

When will Mayor-elect Ford be administered the oath of office?

Mayor-elect Ford can decide when she will be administered the oath of office provided that it takes place after the election results are canvassed. Typically, the oath of office is administered at a regular city council meeting following an election.

Will the swearing-in ceremony be open to the public?

If the swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place at a City Council meeting, the swearing in ceremony will be open to the public pursuant to the Texas Open Meetings Act. Residents may watch the City Council meetings on MCTV: Comcast Channel 16, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and on the website via this link: http://bit.ly/2LaZigz.

How can the public contact Mayor-elect Ford at this time?

She may be reached via email at yolanda@yolandaford.com or phone at 281.410.1307.

What is the City ordinance regarding election signs for a runoff?

View City regulations here: http://bit.ly/2z2WCNd. 

What is the deadline to remove candidate signage?

Runoff candidates have until tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 11 to remove their political signage.

Why was there a runoff election?

Per City Charter, Sec. 6.03.: The election to each office shall be by a majority—50 percent or more—of all the votes cast at such election for the respective office. In an election to the office of mayor or councilmember, where no candidate receives a majority of all the votes cast, the council shall issue a call for a run-off election.

Why are candidates required to receive 50 percent of votes?

Per City Charter, Sec. 6.03.: The election to each office shall be by a majority—50 percent or more—of all the votes cast at such election for the respective office.

Additional details may be found on the City website here: https://bit.ly/2OBRepl.

For updates, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).

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