With The Woodlands Township Board of Directors Nov. 5 election rapidly approaching, local candidates for the board are busy hosting meet-and-greets and also receiving various endorsements. Several candidates have also increased their online presence with informational websites touting their platforms and explaining their backgrounds. Here are some tidbits from recent happenings around the Nov. 5 election.
Township Chairman endorses trio
Gordy Bunch, the chairman of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, has issued endorsements for each of the three seats up for election this fall.
For Position 5 seat, Bunch endorsed Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, a former Houston City Council member who was briefly a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007. For the Position 6 seat, Bunch endorsed incumbent Director Ann Snyder, who is seeking her third term on the board. For the Position 7 seat, Bunch opted to endorse Bob Milner, a local business consultant known by many as one of the co-founders of Mercedes Benz The Woodlands car dealership.
In a press release, Bunch said Sekula-Gibbs has in his opinion the necessary political experience and knowledge from her three terms on the Houston City Council to help serve the board. As for Snyder, Bunch said she has been a, “valued and respected board member,” who has been a positive influence despite her repeated disagreements with him on several key issues. For Milner, Bunch said in the release that he feels Milner’s deep knowledge of both The Woodlands and business issues would make him a good fit on the seven-member board.
Cooke endorsed by former state senator
Walter Cooke, one of three candidates vying for the Position 5 seat on the township board, announced in a press release he had been endorsed by former Texas state Sen. Tommy Williams and his wife, Marsha.
According to the release, Williams was a state senator for 12 years and was one of the key elected officials involved in the creation of the Regional Participation Agreements between The Woodlands and the cities of Houston and Conroe. The RPA sets down protocols preventing the two cities from annexing parts of The Woodlands until the year 2057 and also details a sales tax payment that the township makes to the two cities each year.
Cooke is challenging Shelley Sekula-Gibbs and Rashmi Gupta for the Position 5 seat, which has been held for the past six years by incumbent John McMullan, who is retiring to pursue personal goals and spend more time with his family.
In addition to his endorsement from Williams, Cooke also announced that he had been endorsed by the Houston Association of Realtors, which has 36,000 members in the region.
DuBois endorsed by county officials
Andy DuBois, the former editor and publisher of the Courier of Montgomery County and former editor of The Woodlands Villager, announced via a press release that he had been endorsed for his bid to win the Position 7 seat by several Montgomery County elected officials.
In the release, DuBois stated he had been endorsed by Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, county Treasurer Melanie Bush, county Tax Assessor-Collector Tammy McRae and former county Judge Alan B. Sadler.
“As the longest-serving county judge in the history of Montgomery County, I know what it takes to be an effective leader. No one comes close to possessing the skills, knowledge of the issues and independence as Andy DuBois,” Sadler was quoted as stating in the release. “I’m proud to fully support and endorse him for The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, Position 7.”
DuBois is the manager of precinct projects for the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s Office, where he has worked since May 2018. DuBois is challenging Walter Lisiewski, Bob Milner and David Cassidy for the Position 7 seat.
Lisiewski endorsed by HAR
Walter Lisiewski, one of four candidates for the Position 7 seat on the township board, announced he had been endorsed by the Houston Association of Realtors, which has 36,000 members in the region. In statement, officials from the organization said they felt Lisiewski was the most qualified candidate for the seat being vacated by incumbent Carol Stromatt.
Lisiewski has a long history in township politics, including stints on a municipal utility district board, village association board and his current role as chairman of the township’s Development Standards Committee. Lisiewski is challenging three others for the Position 7 seat: Andy DuBois, David Cassidy and Bob Milner.
The election for the township board is Tuesday, Nov. 5. The last day to register to vote in the election is Monday, Oct. 7. Early, in-person voting begins on Oct. 21 and continues through Nov. 1.