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Locations down, voting up Vote centers bring turnout in Brazoria County despite cut in polling locations

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Pearland and Friendswood voters will head to the polls in October and November to vote for local, statewide and national candidates.

As the county in 2014 began allowing residents to vote at any polling location, Brazoria County began to close polling locations. Here is how many polling centers the county had during past election years. Brazoria County polling locations

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the county rather than conning them to their precinct to vote. “It’s been very successful. I have had nothing but compliments from our community,” Brazoria County Pre- cinct 4 Commissioner David Linder said. While vote centers tend to lead to increased voter turnout, the system is not perfect—particularly if it involves cutting down the number of polling locations in the county, said Bran- don Rottinghaus, a political science

professor at the University of Houston. “Vote centers are successful at turn- ing out voters who are routine voters but less good at turning out less rou-

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In 2012, Brazoria County had over 60 polling locations, but for the 2020 presidential election, the county will have 35. While the number of voting locations has been nearly reduced in half over the last eight years, voter engagement has increased in mid- term and presidential elections, respectively. One reason may be because in 2014, the county switched to vote centers, allowing citizens to vote anywhere in

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FROM JAKE: If you’ve noticed a new face around the market or byline in these pages, that’s because I’m the new editor for the Pearland/Friendswood edition of Community Impact Newspaper . Hello! For over two years now, I have been—and still am—the editor of our Bay Area edition just to the east. That paper covers news from Clear Lake, League City and many of the smaller coastal cities around them. I know many Pearland and Friendswood residents consider themselves part of Houston’s Bay Area as well, so I’m happy I’ll be able to contribute to both publications in whatever way possible. To cover two papers so close in proximity and with an overlap in news readers care about, whether drainage or aerospace or road work, feels natural. But it’s also a new challenge for me—one of many myself, family, friends and co-workers have faced this year due to COVID-19. Still, I’m sure my team and I are up to the task, and I know we will continue to bring you the local coverage you need to know. Jake Magee, EDITOR

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NOWOPEN/REOPENINGS 1 See B Seen opened at 1501 W. Parkwood Ave., Ste. 101, Friendswood, in June. The business offers optometry services, including full services and vision care. 281-612-6996. www.seebseeneyecare.com 2 Located at 4141 Bailey Road, the Pearland Recreation Center and Nata- torium reopened to the public Sept. 11. The center is offering a limited number of group exercise classes and has reopened the weight room, walking track, racquet- ball courts, the gymnasium for pickle ball and the pools for lap swimming. Reserva- tions and masks are required. 281-412-8900. www.pearlandtx.gov 3 The Friendswood Public Library , located at 416 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, opened for regular busi- ness hours Sept. 28. The library also has reopened the study rooms and computers

Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland. The business will sit in a 2,000-square-foot space and will sell both indoor and out- door paint. www.benjaminmoore.com 9 Gracemark Homes held a ground- breaking ceremony for Serenity on Oct. 1 at 5050 Meridiana Parkway, Iowa Colony. Serenity, located in Meridiana, is the first 55-plus active lifestyle community along the Hwy. 288 corridor. The communi- ty will offer two- and three-bedroom, single-story homes. The community will also have an amenity center with a club- house, a pool, and bocce and pickleball courts. 281-940-6960. www.gracemarkhomes.com/serenity CLOSINGS 10 Nacho Nachos closed its brick-and- mortar location at 1330 Broadway St., Ste. 104, Pearland, in late August. The business also closed its food truck. www.nachonachos.com

5 Mission Park Pearland is set to break ground before the end of 2020. Locat- ed at 2830 Old Chocolate Bayou Road, Pearland, the 74,800-square-foot busi- ness park will feature 20 custom office spaces for purchase. The property will be developed by Terry Ward. 832-559-1112 6 Locally owned Pet Supplies Plus is expected to open in Friendswood in early 2021. Located at 1720 S. Friendswood Drive, the business will sell pets, pet 7 Rustika Cafe and Bakery has an- nounced it will open at 1302 S. Friend- swood Drive, Friendswood, on Oct. 28. The family-owned bakery offers sweets, coffee and lunch items. The bakery has several other Houston locations. www.rustikacafe.com/locations 8 A Benjamin Moore Paint Center is expected to open in January at 11619 food, treats and supplies. www.petsuppliesplus.com

for appointments. Events and programs are still suspended. Patrons are required to wear masks, social distance and use hand sanitizer when looking through books or using computers. 281-482-7135. www.friendswood.lib.tx.us COMING SOON 4 Summer Moon Coffee is expected to open in Friendswood in early 2021 at 1765 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 101. This will be the second Houston location for the Austin-based business. The coffee shop is known for two things: its wood-fired coffee beans and its moon milk, owner Andrea Baragas said. Summer Moon Coffee will have a children’s area with a bookshelf as well as tables and a bar in its 1,850-square-foot space. The business will sell teas in addition to its coffees. www.summermooncoffee.com

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Magnolia Cajun Comfort opened in Pearland on Sept. 1. Located at 1807 Broadway St., Pearland, the business serves both Cajun and comfort food and is also known for its desserts. The restaurant had a soft opening in late August, said Bailey Armond, the owner’s daughter and the restaurant manager. The business has continued to see success, Armond said. “It’s amazing, actually,” Armond said. “Since we have opened, it’s just gotten better and better. Armond said the restaurant has already received a lot of support from the community and its residents.

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Newcorporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to other nonmobility projects

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commissioners to refrain from divert- ing funding away from infrastructure. “We are the fastest-growing precincts in Harris County, and to take this money away from our infrastructure will not only crumble our streets, but will hurt our busi- nesses and communities,” Cy-Fair Chamber President Leslie Martone said, referring to precincts 3 and 4. The toll road authority brought in just over $900 million in revenue in scal year 2019-20, which ended Feb. 29, according to budget documents. Harris County Budget Director Dave Berry said he expects the $90 million franchise fee to make up about 10% of the toll road authority’s annual revenue each year. Expenses came in at $438 million last year, meaning the total surplus was around $463 million. About $137 million was transferred to Harris County’s four precincts to use for local mobility projects. With the cre- ation of the corporation, Berry said that funding would not be decreased.

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The motion was opposed by Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle. Cagle said he did not see a need to rush the decision on what ocials believe is the largest nan- cial transaction in the history of the county, instead calling for a second opinion and public input. Radack said the move lacked transparency and argued money collected from toll roads should not be used to fund projects that otherwise would have to be funded by an increase in property taxes. “This is a money grab, and it is a way to try to basically ... use money to pay for things that are normally paid for by ad valorem [property] taxes,” Radack said. Leaders with several local cham- bers were among those who called on

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A new limited government corpo- ration formed by Harris County on Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility. The corporation was formed following a conversation at a Sept. 15 Commissioners Court meeting about renancing the authority’s debt. As a key part of the corporation’s inception, the authority will pay the county a one-time $300 million franchise fee as well as roughly $90 million in annual franchise fees moving forward, money that will be eectively removed from the author- ity’s budget and given to the county. The court’s ve commissioners will initially serve as directors. The three Democratic members of the court who supported the motion—Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Precinct 1 and 2 com- missioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia—said they saw value in the added exibility in how that money can now be spent. “I think in the midst of the worst health challenge in 100 years and probably the worst economic challenges since the Great Depres- sion, we can’t solve all our problems, but I think we should not handcu ourselves,” Ellis said. Meanwhile, Garcia called on commissioners to begin determining what infrastructure needs to exist within the county to determine how the money should be allocated.

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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF SEPT. 24. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT PLFNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Hwy. 288 frontage road reconstruction The Hwy. 288 project is on schedule to go to bid in October, with construction starting 90 days after the contract is awarded. The project will consist of building a northbound frontage road on Hwy. 288 and a U-turn lane at CR 59, and it will be managed by TxDOT. Timeline: October 2020-April 2021 Cost: $8.44 million Funding sources: city of Pearland, Pearland Economic Development Corp., Brazoria County

The creation of a limited government corporation to run the Harris County Toll Road Authority will allow the county to free up hundreds of millions of dollars in toll road revenue for new uses.

HCTRA REVENUE FROM2020 TOLL ROAD PAYMENTS $901M $438M $463M Expenses Surplus

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QUOTEOFNOTE “I’MDISAPPOINTED THATWE COULD NOT AGREE ON THAT EXCELLENT TAXRATE.” MIKE FOREMAN, MAYOR NUMBER TOKNOW per $100 valuation is the proposed fiscal year 2020-21 tax rate for Pearland. $0.72 “To show that we can lower rates and improve services is a rarity, and it’s a win for our citizens,” Council Member Trent Perez said at the Sept. 14 meeting. amount of spending for professional development at the request of council. Council approved the budget and the tax rate unanimously on the first and second readings. higher than it otherwise would be because it includes paying for debt Friendswood residents approved in a recent bond election. The tax rate was around $0.60 a few years ago and has since decreased to $0.52, he said. After the vote failed, Mayor Mike Foreman expressed his disappointment. “I’m disappointed that we could not agree on that excellent tax rate,” he said. Later, on Oct. 1, the council approved a tax rate of $0.487314. The FY 2020-21 budget includes $96.32 million in revenue and $95.76 million in expenses.

Scott said the FY 2019-20 budget includes $775,000 in general fund revenue above what was budgeted. He said that extra revenue could be used to help reduce the tax rate. City Manager Morad Kabiri agreed that is possible but said it would require revising the city’s budget policies. “So we have the money to make up the budget deficit, but we’re choosing not to. So while a lot of citizens are not getting pay raises and many are being laid off, we’re gonna ask those same citizens to pay more for your city government because we can,” Scott said. Scott said he is on the side of resi- dents who have lost their businesses and have not gotten a raise due to the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic. “I want you to know I stand with you,” he told the audience. Council Member Steve Rockey pointed out the tax rate is $0.01 The tax rate is also lower than the no-new-revenue tax rate, according to City Manager Clay Pearson. The no-new-revenue tax rate is the rate that would allow the city to collect as much revenue in FY 2020-21 as it did in FY 2019-20. “I am glad to see that. I think that it is positive for what we are getting out of this budget session,” Council Member Woody Owens said of the lower rate. “I love to see this rate go down.” The city’s proposed expenditures budget is $89.47 million, which is lower than the city originally proposed, as city staff lowered the

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Pearland City Council gives final approval to tax rate, budget FRIENDSWOOD The City Council on Sept. 14 passed the fiscal year 2020-21 budget but failed to approve a lower property tax rate. Council Members Brent Erenwert, John Scott and Robert Griffon voted against the proposed FY 2020-21 tax rate of $0.497314 per $100 valuation, which is 4.62% less than the FY 2019- 20 rate of $0.521439. The remaining four council members voted in favor of the tax rate, but it was not enough to approve it. Even though the proposed rate was a decrease of over $0.02, Friend- swood residents would have likely paid a higher property tax bill in FY 2020-21 compared to FY 2019-20 because home values have continued to increase. As such, Scott and Griffon argued the tax rate should be lowered further, especially in light of how COVID-19 has affected residents.

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

Pearland City Counci l meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at City Hall, 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Times may vary. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council meets the first Monday of each month at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. Times may vary. Friendswood ISD meets the second Monday of each month at 5:45 p.m. at 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood. Pearland ISD meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Virgil Gant Education Support Center, 1928 N. Main St., Pearland. MEETINGSWE COVER FRIENDSWOOD ISD Leaders gave an update on how the district’s students and staff are adjusting to the changes of the 2020-21 school year at a Sept. 14 board of trustees meeting. The school year began with enrollment down slightly at 6,086 students. There are 65 fewer students at Friendswood High School and about 100 fewer kindergartners in the two elementary schools compared to the previous year. About 1 in 4 FISD students, or 1,569, are learning virtually instead of in person this year. All learners are following new COVID-19 protocols such as wearing masks and washing their hands, but the environment is similar to pre-pan- demic school because there are chances for interaction among peers, Superintendent Thad Roher said.

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PEARLAND The City Council approved the budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2020-21 at its Sept. 28 meeting after an initial reading and vote Sept. 14. Fiscal year 2020-21 began Oct. 1. The council approved a tax rate of $0.72 per $100 valuation for the city for fiscal year 2020-21, which is lower than the FY 2019-20 rate of $0.7412.

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Galveston Island may be known for its beaches, cruises and booming tourist industry, but it is also a place lled with dark history. Considered by some one of the most haunted places in the United States, Galveston is home to locals who share dozens of tales of the restless spirits of pirates, criminals, children and others who are said to still roam the island. Here are some of Galveston’s supposedly haunted places.

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1 Hotel Galvez 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston Built in 1911, Hotel Galvez, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, is known as a hot spot for wealthy residents and celebrities. But it has a more sinister past, as well. According to reports, years ago, a woman staying on in a fth-oor room hanged her- self after learning she had lost her husband at sea, and her spirit, dubbed the “Lovelorn Lady,” still causes commotion on the fth oor. Will Wright, the chief creative ocer for the Galveston Historical Foundation, said the hotel oers programming about its supposedly haunted room. “It’s denitely a big piece of the Galvez history, Galvez lore,” he said. The women’s restroom downstairs also is apparently haunted, with reports of shaking stall doors, self-ushing toilets and sinks turning on of their own accord.

4 Menard House 1605 33rd St., Galveston The oldest residence on Galveston Island, the Menard House, is rumored to be a hot spot of paranormal activity. According to various reports, guests have seen ghostly children in the garden and a woman crying over a lover who betrayed her. Some who stayed in the house said they heard unexplained laughter or felt some unseen presence watching them sleep. “It is not uncommon for us to hear from people that stay there that it doesn’t always feel right,” Wright said. “It just has a haunted feeling to it.” A few years ago, the Galveston Historical Foundation brought in a musical guest from out of town and put him up for the night in the Menard House. The guest called Wright about 30 minutes later, saying he felt spooked and wanted to sleep somewhere else.

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2 Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill 2402 Strand St., Galveston

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In the 1920s, a police ocer was chasing a suspect through The Strand, Galveston’s oldest district, when the ocer nally caught up to the suspect, and they got into a scue. The two shot each other, and the ocer died. Galveston resident Dash Beardsley, who has a passion for ghost hunting and has given thousands of guests tours of haunted places through his business, Ghost Tours of Galveston, said the ocer still roams the street where he died, outside what is now Shark Shack. “The cop supposedly haunts all that. He like ladies,” said Beardsley, who added a woman who worked at Shark Shack said she saw the ocer’s ghost. “Many people have felt his presence.”

Two Civil War-era conjoined buildings built are supposedly home to spirits. In the back, there is an open lobby allowing visitors to see up to the second oor. Years ago, an old rocking chair sat on the second-oor balcony, Beardsley said. One day, a group was standing on the rst oor beneath the balcony when they heard the chair start to move. A woman sent her husband to investigate, and he found the chair rocking, and it slowed as he stepped closer, Beardsley said. The buildings are the site of other strange occurrences as well. Visitors report seeing the ghost of 12-year-old girl named Annabelle, as well as a gentleman dressed in 1960s attire.

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7 Ashton Villa 2328 Broadway Ave. J, Galveston Built in 1859, Ashton Villa was the home to Bettie Brown, a Galveston celebrity. Beautiful and wealthy, she was pursued by men but never wed. Some believe her spirit haunts the Ashton Villa, Beardsley said. A caretaker was in the home re- storing it when she heard a woman’s voice ask, “Who is the most beau- tiful of them all?” Beardsley said. Bettie’s chest of drawers in the house allegedly locks and unlocks itself. A piano in the house has reported- ly played by itself, making Beardsley believe Bettie’s sister Mathilda haunts the house; unlike Bettie, Mathilda played instruments.

Across the street from Shark Shack is Riondo’s, which was once a home. During the Galveston hurricane of 1900, a nurse working at the home pulled in people oating by through the window. She separated the vic- tims by sick, wounded and dead. Beardsley said her exposure to the sick is what led to her death. “She supposedly haunts that building, and I believe it,” he said. Three years ago, Beardsley held a ghost hunt in the building, and dozens of voices came through voice recording equipment, saying they had been victims of a great storm, Beardsley said.

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9 Maison Rogue 1417 Harborside Drive, Galveston Maison Rogue was the home of Jean Latte, a pirate who raided ships in the Gulf in the early 1800s. The U.S. government forced him to leave in 1821, and he burned down the city on the way out, Wright said. Today, the site is known for eerie occurrences. Since before 1900, residents have reported seeing a phantom pack of dogs believed to have belonged to Latte. Others have heard unexplained voices. There are reports Latte’s ghost tries to keep treasure hunters away from the buried gold he allegedly hid somewhere on the island.

SOURCES: GHOST TOURS OF GALVESTON, VISIT HOUSTON, GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION, GALVESTON GHOST, SEGWAY GALVESTON COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Many of the people laid to rest in the cemetery died during the 1900 Galveston hurricane. One of the places Galveston Ghost Tour visitors can see is the Old City Cemetery, which is actually seven cemeteries in one and nearly 200 years old. Bettie Brown is one of the hundreds of people buried at the site, Beardsley said. Another body buried at the cemetery is of Elize Roemer Alberti, who killed four of her children with poisoned wine, he said.

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Supreme Court, Place 8 R Brett Busby* D Gisela D. Triana L Tom Oxford Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 R Bert Richardson* D Elizabeth Davis Frizell Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4 R Kevin Patrick Yeary* D Tina Clinton Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 R David Newell* D Brandon Birmingham LOCAL U.S. House District 14 R Randy Weber* D Adrienne Bell U.S. House District 22 R Troy Nehls D Sri Preston Kulkarni L Joseph LeBlanc, Jr. State Senate District 11 R Larry Taylor*

State House District 24 R Greg Bonnen* D Brian J. Rogers L Dick Illyes State House District 29 R Ed Thompson* D Travis Boldt HARRIS COUNTY Sheri R Joe Danna D Ed Gonzalez* County attorney R John Nation D Christian Dashaun Menefee District attorney R Mary Nan Human D Kim Ogg* Tax assessor-collector R Chris Daniel D Ann Harris Bennett L Billy Pierce BRAZORIA COUNTY Tax assessor-collector R Kristin R. Bulanek D Andrew Bell

Board of trustees Position 2 Carmine Petrillo III Edgar Pacheco, Jr. Kris Schoeer Jessica Garcia Shafer FRIENDSWOOD ISD Board of trustees Position 2 René DeLaFuente Kurt Jones Niki Rhodes VOTER TURNOUT Texas Turnout Registered voters 2012 presidential election 13.65M 7.99M 2014 gubernatorial election 14.03M 4.73M 2016 presidential election 15.1M 8.97M 2018 gubernatorial election 15.79M 8.37M 2020 primary election 16.21M 4.11M

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D Mark Salinas PEARLAND Mayor Quentin Wiltz Kevin Cole City Council Position 3 Lewis Barnes Alex Kamkar Orlando Bruzual Jai Daggett City Council Position 7 Je Hunkele

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The candidate chose to not respond to questionnaire. LEWIS BARNES

Occupation: self- employed 281-643-8543 www.alexkamkar.com ALEX KAMKAR

Occupation: college professor 713-454-3752 www. bruzualforcitycouncil.com ORLANDO BRUZUAL

Occupation: business owner 713-444-7932 www.jaidaggett.org JAI DAGGETT

The candidate chose to not respond to questionnaire. With a limited budget, what should be the priorities in the city?

Drainage and public safety. The storms are more powerful in the Gulf, [and] we spend $6 million a year on drainage. It’s too little. We must resource the Thin Blue Line with more cars from Houston.

We are currently facing a global crisis that one did not expect ... and it has taken a toll on the economy. I believe during these difficult times it is essential to re-evaluate what the priorities for the city are, what are the needs of the people and redirect the budget in accordance to this. In my opinion, public safety, salaries and wages, and infrastructure are some of the priorities for the city to promote economic prosperity. ...Although the city is growing, I believe that there is a lack of transparency from the local government with the community. There are current issues being discussed ... that are not taking into consideration what the people of Pearland want... If not prioritized or managed properly it could take a toll on not only the people, but the city. ...I believe this would be a great opportunity to be the voice for the people... COVID-19 ... has infiltrated our local government. By 2021, there will be a chance that we see much less money being made in the city. The priorities have now shifted from what projects we should build to focusing on the needs of people who are facing repercussions of this pandemic. The priorities should focus on preventing businesses from closing down, preventing houses from going into foreclosure, and providing jobs...

I think the priorities for the city need to be driven by the city’s needs for growth and maintenance with the opportunity for any emergent consideration, as necessary. Projects should always be driven by the most need, especially in an environment with limited resources. We are in unprecedented times, and our resources should be managed as such.

The candidate chose to not respond to questionnaire. Why did you choose to run for the position?

I have two toddlers Maxwell and Matteo. I want the City to have a bright future for them and all our children. The city faces major hurdles that need serious people to be involved.

After consulting with my family and lots of prayer, I decided that it was time for me to stop waiting for someone else to do the things that I felt needed to be done for my community. It was time for me to carry my share of the burden for my children. If I want the world to be different, then what do I need to do to initiate the change. Well, the opportunity for city council is where I see that opportunity. COVID-19 should not have changed the priorities of the city, but it definitely highlighted some deficiencies. We were met with medical, school and small business deficiencies. The city’s priorities should be and are to protect, be accountable to and be transparent with the citizens, and provide opportunity for business development. COVID-19 may have made that more difficult, but it should not have changed our priorities.

The candidate chose to not respond to questionnaire. How has COVID-19 affected the priorities for the city?

COVID has been devastating for small businesses and Pearland families. We must work hard to attract small businesses and be fiscally sound.

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