Voter interest low in Election

HARRIS COUNTY – Very few voters bothered to go to the polls on Tuesday, election day. The lack of major issues or strong candidates kept the turnout down to about 10% of eligible voters.

Final vote counts were not available at press time, with only about 25% of the Precincts reporting. Based on that information, and Early Voting ballots, the results are as follows:

Constitutional Amendments all passed, except Proposition 1, allowing municipal judges to hold more than one office at a time.

METRO’s $3.5 billion bond issue passed, with about 68% of the voters in favor of the measure, which would expand bus and rail service, and build and repair more roads.

In the closely watched Houston mayor’s race, incumbent Sylvester Turner was leading challengers, but did not have enough votes to avoid a run-off. Turner had 46%, Tony Buzbee 30%, and Bill King 14%.

City Controller Chris Brown, the incumbent, was leading the challenger Orlando Sanchez with 53% of the votes.

The ballot had a Newport MUD Proposition A, which would allow a $70 million bond issue. At press time, this proposition was losing by a vote of 45% For, and 55% Against.

In Baytown, Council District 1 was a dead heat, with Laura Alvarado and Mercedes Renteria each receiving 50% of the total. In Districts 2 and 3, incumbents Chris Presley and C. Johnson had no opposition.

In the Houston Community College System election of Trustees, Position 1 incumbent Dave Wilson was losing to Monica Richart. Wilson had 34% of the vote, Richart 47%. In Position 2 Rhonda SkillernJones was winning with 45% of the vote, but would face a run-off.