CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—The filing period for the May 4 city elections is open, with the mayor’s position and two council seats on the ballot.
Election winners will serve three-year terms thanks to city charter amendments approved by voters in 2017.
In the mayor’s race, incumbent Chuck Brawner has filed for re-election, as has former Police Chief Bill Hastings.
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Brawner is seeking a second term after being elected in 2017. Previously he served as mayor pro tem and Ward A council member.
This is Hastings’s first campaign for public office after serving the last 10 years as chief.
In Ward A, incumbent Frank Carroll has filed for election after being appointed to the seat last fall. He is presently serving out the unexpired term of Gary Jones, who resigned from the council for personal reasons.
As of Friday morning, Carroll has not drawn an opponent.
In Ward B, incumbent Jimmy Mendez is leaving the city council due to term limits. So far, two candidates have filed for his position.
Steve Pierson, who has previously served in the council member-at-large seat now held by Chris Harris, has filed to run. Pierson left the council in 2018 due to term limits. Pierson also served as a Ward B council member from 2001-2007 and is a retired sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.
Jenifer Stockdick, vice president at Regions Bank, has also filed for the seat. She serves on the city’s convention and tourism bureau. This is her first campaign for public office.
Filing for office began this month. Prospective candidates must file paperwork at the city secretary’s office at City Hall. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The filing deadline is February 15.