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and flood mitigation), increasing dependence on expensive
consultants, a failed branding proposal, and a perception that
commercial interests were starting to dilute the “City of Homes”
When leaders appeared to be tone-deaf, at times demeaning
their critics, the opposition was galvanized into candidacies,
which resulted in the ousting of two incumbents and the
election of a third “change” candidate over one who openly
favored the status quo.
Bellaire’s counciltable has seven voting seats — the mayor, who
was re-elected, and six councilmembers. How those three new
members and the newly mobilized residents who campaigned
and voted for them will shape the year could have historic
impact. We’ll be watching.
Yes, all eyes will be on presidential politics — but the local
congressional race is one drawing national attention as a
district that flipped from blue to red two years ago, again
considered a battleground.
While longtime GOP Rep. John Culberson didn’t have a strong
local identity in this area, Democratic incumbent Rep. Lizzie
Fletcher is a St. John’s School alumna with family ties in this
part of the district, and there are GOP connections, too. Seeking
the Republican nomination are another SJS alumnus, Wesley
Hunt, and former Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel.
Another former local politico, Chris Bell, is seeking the
Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. He once represented
this area in Congress.
The contest for District 134 in the Texas Legislature is
considerably less interesting this time around, with moderate
Republican incumbent Sarah Davis apparently scaring off
any primary challengers this time after walloping Gov. Greg
Abbott’s handpicked challenger in 2018, then coasting to
victory. Three Democrats are running to oppose her.
The only question after the November election may be how well
positioned Davis is to ascend to a leadership position — perhaps
even the speaker’s job — when the votes are counted.
At the county level, Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack
bowed out wordlessly simply by not filing to run for re-election.
Former West U Mayor Susan Sample has entered the race,
facing Houston City Councilmember Brenda Stardig and Spring
Valley Village Mayor Tom Ramsey for the GOP nomination.
See more on these races on Page 18.
Weather or not,
flood mitigation is a hot topic
More than two years after Hurricane Harvey, the subject
of flood mitigation will continue to be a major focus in
West University in Bellaire this year. Both communities are
managing their own projects but also looking to regional
And with an increasing number of storm “events” causing
flooding, residents find themselves not only suffering storm
stress during the May-October hurricane season but pretty
much year-round. Even prolonged downpours now create
high water levels, street flooding — and enter many homes
repeatedly — any time of year.
Just when you think there are no large opportunities for
redevelopment in and near Bellaire and West U, something
else comes on the market, and talk of mixed uses enter the
The 30-acre former Chevron property in Bellaire is