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The Texas Education Agency released in December its annual Texas Academic Performance Report, which grades school districts across the state in dierent sec- tors, including a determination status for special edu- cation programming. The TAPR showed while Pearland ISD improved its determination status, Alvin ISD remained at the same rank as the year prior. For the 2020-21 school year, PISDwas given a “meets requirements” status in special education, which is the highest ranking the TEA gives. For PISD, it was also an CONTINUED ON 21 School districts tackle special education ratings BY ANDY YANEZ AGROWINGNEED Both Pearland and Alvin ISDs saw their special education populations increase by about 2 percentage points.

MENTAL HEALTH TOLL Mental health professionals have reported more people experiencing anxiety, stress, depression and grief in the last year, in part due to the coronavirus pandemic. The percentage of adults with a mental illness who reported unmet need for treatment has increased every year since 2011 nationally, according to Mental Health America’s 2022 key ndings, which used 2021 data.

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and 51st—the lowest possible—for access to care. Local experts said access to mental health care has been an issue in Texas since long before the pandemic. In 2017, Mental Illness Policy Org. reported the state allocated 1.2% of its total state expenditures to mental illness; this compares with states on the higher end of spending, such as Arizona, Pennsylvania and Maine, which allocated 4.8%-5.6% of their expenditures to mental illness. “Unfortunately, the mental health care system[s] CONTINUED ON 18

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Since the pandemic hit the Houston area in March 2020, bringing with it limited socialization, an economic downturn and a state of uncertainty, men- tal health has deteriorated for many Pearland and Friendswood patients, mental health providers said. Mental Health America’s 2022 key ndings, which use 2021 data, organized each state andWashington, D.C., based on mental illness prevalence and access to mental health care. Texas ranked 27th overall but was fourth in terms of prevalence of mental illness

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NOWOPEN 1 R3 Wound Care and Hyperbarics opened its Pearland location on Jan. 18. Located at 8540 Broadway St., Ste. 112, Pearland, the clinic offers advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen ther- apy. The business also opened another clinic in Kingwood in January. 346-388-6999. www.r3healing.com 2 R&B Tea , located at 3422 Business Center Drive, Ste. 142, Pearland, held its grand opening Dec. 11. R&B Tea offers selections of different milk, fruit and cream teas as well as boba, including its chocolate black milk tea, brown sugar boba milk drink and strawberry black tea with aloe vera. 281-741-8710. www.rbtea.us 3 Care NowUrgent Care at 2907 E. Broadway St., Pearland, opened its doors

8 BB’s Boutique opened Dec. 19 at 2206 E. Broadway St., Ste. B, Pearland. The location is an expansion to the original Babies Bakery, which offers 3D and 4D ultrasounds as well as a bakery next door. The boutique is a women’s boutique, car- rying sizes ranging from extra small to 3XL and maternity sizes. BB’s Boutique also offers a small men’s section, which will continue to grow. 281-917-7744. www.facebook.com/bbs.boutique12 COMING SOON 9 Fogo de Chao is expected to open a new restaurant inside Baybrook Mall this year with construction starting in March. Located at 500 Baybrook Mall, Ste. G100, Friendswood, the Brazilian steakhouse sells various meats and fish. The chain also has restaurants in Houston and The Woodlands. www.fogodechao.com

in late December. Care Now Urgent Care offers coronavirus testing as well as antibody testing. Additionally, it offers X-rays and treats common conditions, such as bone fractures, respiratory infections, childhood illnesses and skin conditions. 281-925-1970. www.carenow.com 4 Willie’s Grill & Icehouse opened its doors Jan. 17 at 2600 Smith Ranch Road, Pearland. The Willie’s Grill & Icehouse location in Pearland is the 19th in Texas and is the second to feature a full bar, ac- cording to a news release. The restaurant is known for The Icehouse Willie burger and other signatures, such as the catfish and shrimp combo. 346-439-2705. www.williesgrillandicehouse.com 5 The Greasy Spoon Soulfood Bistro at 10009 Broadway St., Ste. 101, Pearland, hosted its grand opening Jan. 15. The bistro also has a location at 636 Cypress

Station Drive, Ste. A, Houston, and offers different combos, such as its smothered chop steak and Cajun seafood spaghetti features. A phone number was not avail- able by press time. www.thegreasyspoonhtx.com 6 Floss Dental began operating in late November at 2110 Pearland Parkway, Ste. 132, Pearland. The dental chain has seven locations across the Greater Houston area. It offers multiple services, including dental implants, laser gum treatment, teeth whitening and pediat- 7 Twin Liquors Fine Wine & Spirits opened Dec. 3 at 2803 Business Center Drive, Ste. 127, Pearland. The retail store offers a selection of wine; spirits, including vodka, gin, rum and tequila; and numerous beer selections. 713-714-0820. www.twinliquors.com ric dentistry. 346-381-1018. www.flossdentalpearland.com

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Memorial Hermann, the largest nonprot health system, will be building a new complex on its Pearland campus, located at 16100 South Freeway. To be called the Memorial Hermann Sports Park-Pearland , the new building is expected to break ground in April or May. The facility will take around a year to complete, meaning it will be nished sometime in 2023, according to Noel Cardenas, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland hospitals. “It’s something that we’re doing in collaboration with Athlete Training and Health. It’s an organization that we’ve been working with as well as our University of Texas partners,” Cardenas said. “So our UT orthopedic surgeons are part of this as well, and it’ll be very similar to the complex that’s out in Katy.” The estimated cost for the project is still in the works. The main purpose of the new complex is to provide space for athletes to focus on things such as strength training and conditioning while also having on-site orthopedic surgeons to help with sustained injuries. “It’s all going to be in one complex working in collaboration with obviously ATH as well as our key partners,” Cardenas said. Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital will also be unveiling a second

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endoscopy laboratory as well as a second catheterization laboratory in 2022. The endoscopy laboratory is estimated to cost $1.2 million, and the catheterization laboratory will cost $2.5 million. The endoscopy laboratory was approved in May of last year by the hospital and is expected to be completed at the end of February, according to Cardenas. The catheterization laboratory is expected to break ground in either May or June this year and will take between 60 to 90 days to complete. Cardenas hopes these expansions will bring opportunity for growth as well positively impacting the comfort of the hospital’s patients. “What it does is it provides our physicians [the ability] to be able to do more procedures more eciently. The other part is it really does add to the satisfaction and to the experience of our patients,” Cardenas said.

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10 Baybrook Mall is expected to have a Earthbound Trading Co. store open within the mall this year. The clothing store will be located at 500 Baybrook Mall, Ste. 1366, Friendswood. It will sell clothing for men and women, crystals, home decor, essential oils and candles. www.earthboundtrading.com 11 Mingo’s Latin Kitchen is expected to hold a soft opening in late February and a grand opening in early March at 3320 E. Broadway St., Pearland. The brick-and-mortar restaurant will offer various signature items from its food truck. Mingo’s Latin Kitchen sells chicken and beef empanadas, gourmet tacos and sandwiches as well as loaded fries. 281-683-8305. www.mingoslatinkitchen.com EXPANSIONS 12 Community Health Network on Dec. 20 announced it started an Inten- sive Outpatient Program at its Pearland Family Health Center, located at 2552 E. Broadway St., Ste. 102, Pearland. The IOP treats both adults and adolescents

with substance use disorders and co-oc- curring mental health disorders and offers group therapy, individual counsel- ing and life skills classes, according to a news release. 281-824-1480. www.mychn.org ANNIVERSARIES 13 NamasTea Friendswood will cel- ebrate its one-year anniversary Feb. 14 at its location at 104 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. NamasTea Friend- swood offers different lattes, milk teas and loose-leaf teas and will celebrate with 10% off items Feb. 11-14, a gift bas- ket drawing and gift cards Feb. 12 for its first five customers. 832-569-5000. www.facebook.com/namasteafw 14 Bread and More celebrated its one-year anniversary at 1826 Country Place Parkway, Ste. 106, Pearland, on Jan. 12. The business sells freshly made bread, including its ube cheese pandesal, kolaches and Spanish bread. 832-288-5426. https://bread-and- more-by-chef-joey.business.site

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Hwy. 288 Expressway rates rise

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EXPRESSWAYCHANGES Brazoria and Harris counties raised the rates of their respective portions of the Hwy. 288 Expressway. Brazoria County’s rate has risen by 85 cents since December 2020, while Harris County’s has risen by more than $5. Harris County portion Brazoria County portion Toll gantry

Drivers utilizing the Brazoria County portion of the Hwy. 288 toll road, the Brazoria County Express- way, saw the rst rate increase in the 13 months of the toll’s existence. The Brazoria County Toll Road Authority on Jan. 10 raised the rates of the two gantries, where drivers are charged for using the express lanes, to a total of $2.65 heading north or southbound—charging $1 at the CR 58 gantry and $1.65 at the McHard Road gantry. The previous rate was $1.80, Brazoria County Engineer Matt Hanks said. “We felt it was the right thing to do as a toll road authority,” Hanks said. The Hwy. 288 toll road extends from CR 58 in Pearland to Hwy. 59 in Houston, heading in both north and south directions. Harris County’s toll road portion extends from Hwy. 59 to Clear Creek and is maintained and operated by the Blueridge Transportation Group through a public-private partnership, said Raynese Edwards, public information ocer for BTG Hwy. 288. The BTG does not main- tain nor operate Brazoria County’s portion, Hanks said. The toll rates on the Hwy. 288 Expressway are dictated by the market share, ination rate and congestion, Hanks said. On Dec. 1, 2020, the Harris County portion charged drivers traveling through all three Harris County gantries $5-$6.30, depending on the time of day and driving direction, according to the Drive 288 website, which provides drivers with the daily rates of the Hwy. 288 express lanes in Harris County set by the BTG.

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Willowcrest subdivision improvements Pearland City Council at its Jan. 10 meeting awarded a $12.16 million con- tract to Tandem Services, LLC for drain- age improvements to the Willowcrest subdivision. The project includes updating drainage, sanitary sewer and road infrastructure as well as creating a roughly 5-acre detention pond. Timeline: February 2022- December 2023 Cost: $13.89 million Funding source: 2019 bond program As of press time Feb. 8, rates have increased to $10.59-$11.51 for the same trip, according to the Drive 288 website. Brazoria County increased its toll rate Jan. 10 due to Harris County’s increased rates, Hanks said. The BTG reviews Harris County’s rates of the Hwy. 288 managed lanes on a monthly basis, Edwards said, but it can also uctuate every 30 minutes, depending on demand and time of day. Brazoria County’s rate does not uctuate, Hanks said. “Depending on the customer, we have received complaints on pricing; however, we have also received com- pliments related to the time savings for travel,” Edwards said.

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ShrinersChildren’sTexas toexpandayear afterHouston-to-Galveston relocation

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with burns, cleft lips and palates, and orthopedic conditions, said Jennifer Anderson, marketing and communications director for Shriners Children’s Texas. Now, the hospital plans to construct a $25.5 million patient housing facility and parking garage at the Galveston location for patients and sta, according to Anderson. It is expected to break ground this spring and nish construction sometime in 2023. The housing will add 40 units and be able to accommodate more out-of-state and international residents who visit the hospital. Hospital ocials have also planned for more than $40 million

Shriners Children’s Texas will undergo renovations a year after merging and relocating to Galveston fromHouston. After closing down Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston at 6977 Main St., Houston, in 2021, the hospital consolidated with Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston to become Shriners Children’s Texas, located at 815 Market St., Galveston. The hospital ocially opened its doors Jan. 18, 2021, oering burn care, orthopedics and physical therapy ser- vices to patients. The merger aimed to improve the hospital’s eciency while still providing care to children

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in renovations to the facility, which have been ongoing since summer 2020 and are also expected to nish sometime in 2023. “[The] hospital has increased

the number of outpatient clinics and inpatient rooms as well as its surgical areas to meet the needs of its growing patient population,” Anderson said.

METRO aims to ‘set the standard’ for sustainability

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METRO board member Christopher Hollins. “We’re still thinking through it with the team, but even prior to this being formalized in the way that it has been, METRO has been a leader in this space, whether it’s conserving water, whether it’s recycling, whether it’s conserving energy. We want to do that for our own organization,” Hollins said. METRO ocials hope to have the buses by late 2022 and roll them out soon after. Ticket prices will not change for passengers, but METRO drivers will need to learn how to drive the electric buses. The board of directors also approved carrying out a contract with Creative Bus Sales to buy 10 electric paratransit vans and chargers at the Jan. 27 meeting for $3.1 million. The board of trustees is work- ing to establish a timeline for its superintendent search, Executive Director of Communications Kim Hocott said in an email. District achievements under Kelly include creating a bilingual education program, opening Robert Turner College and Career High School, and helping create the PISD Education Foundation, a nonprot that provides extra funding to district programs, according to PISD. “Dr. Kelly has been a tremendous asset and leader in Pearland ISD,” PISD board President Sean Murphy said in the release. “He will leave incredi- bly big shoes to ll in many respects, and the board and I wish him only the best.” sta, amazing students and their families,” Kelly said in the news release. John Kelly

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County will be monitoring the eects of its electric vehicles in 2022 as part of its sustainability initiative. The METRO board of directors approved purchasing 20 electric buses at the Nov. 18 board meeting, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper . METRO will source the buses from Nova Bus, a roughly $22 million contract. METRO’s goal for its sustainability initiatives is to only purchase 100% zero-emission buses by 2030, according to Monica Russo, public information ocer and media specialist for METRO. The sustainability plan has been in the works and a top priority for METRO for several years, according to

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METER PROCESS The city of Friendswood is working with Ameresco to replace the water meters of residents. Here is what residents should expect. Ameresco’s employees will be in an identi- able vehicle with uniforms and safety vests, and will not need to enter residences, the city said in the release. Commercial accounts will be scheduled individually with the city. Friendswood began replacing each city water meter in January. The new advanced meters allow the city to electronically read meters and upload data to a portal and allow city customers to view it from a secured website daily, per a news release. Friendswood is working with Ameresco to replace meters and install needed infrastruc- ture, which will take about a year, said Glenda Faulkner, executive assistant to Friendswood’s city manager, in an email. The city’s contract with Ameresco costs $9 million.

PearlandISDSuperintendent JohnKellytoretirethisyear

BY ANDY YANEZ

Pearland ISD announced in a Jan. 19 news release that Superintendent John Kelly intends to retire this summer. Kelly has served as PISD’s superintendent for more than 10 years and has been a superintendent in the state for more than 30 years, previously working at Boerne ISD and Pearsall ISD, according to the news release. He is also the chair of the State Board for Educator Certication required by the Texas Education Agency. “During my 30-plus-year educational career, my highest honor has been to serve the outstanding Pearland ISD community, including the dedicated

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QUOTEOFNOTE “THIS ISAN OPPORTUNITYTO DOSOMETHING TRANSFORMATIVE ABOUTAN ISSUE THAT IS LITERALLY LIFEORDEATH.” LUKE ORLANDO, PEARLAND COUNCIL MEMBER, ON RAISING FUNDING FOR DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS CITY HIGHLIGHTS FRIENDSWOOD Stevenson Park closed Jan. 18 for about four weeks. Located at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, the park is closing for Phase 1 of its walking trail project. The project will be split into two phases taking about four months total. Phase 1 will remove gravel from the trails; Phase 2 will install concrete and rubber surfacing. Certain areas will be open during Phase 2, but the city has not specied which.

Friendswood signs temporary lease for re station during construction

AN INTERIMHOME The temporary re station will be used until Feb. 1, 2023, when Fire Station No. 2 will open.

BY SIERRA ROZEN

Reconstructed station Temporary station

parking area and equipment cover will be placed in the area to protect the reghters and their equipment. Ocials estimate reconstruction of Fire Station No. 2, which is located at 2605 W. Parkwood Drive, will start in May, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper . The guaranteed maximum price for the project was also presented at the Jan. 10 meeting and is $3.6 million against a $4 million budget. City Council unanimously voted to accept the price and authorize Houston-based construction com- pany Christensen Building Group to proceed with construction.

FRIENDSWOOD A property owned by The Harbor Church will temporarily serve as a local re station during the ongoing construction phase of Fire Station No. 2 in Friendswood. The lease agreement between the city of Friendswood and The Harbor, a nondenominational church in Friendswood, was unanimously approved at the Jan. 10 Friendswood City Council meeting. The temporary station will be located at 1710 Lundy Lane, according to agenda documents. The lease started Feb. 1 and will end Feb. 1, 2023. Per agenda documents, a temporary Pearland considers fate ofmunicipal drainage utility fee

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Municipal drainage utility fee: • $5 a month for residents • $1.79 per 1,000 square feet of impervious coverage per month for commercial properties Pearland City Council will decide whether to keep the municipal drainage fee proposal on the May ballot or postpone it to look at alternatives, such as a bond.

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BRAZORIA&GALVESTON COUNTIES COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazoria and Galveston counties, health district data shows. Galveston County had 1,026 positive cases the week of Jan. 30, fewer than the 2,103 collected cases the week of Jan. 23. A year prior, the week of Jan. 31, there were 896 cases reported, according to the Galveston County Health District dashboard. Brazoria County on Feb. 8 had 3,724 active cases of COVID-19 in the area versus 6,147 cases on Jan. 19. As of Feb. 8, 61.37% of the county’s population age 5 and older is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

BY ANDY YANEZ

PEARLAND City Council in Pearland will decide whether to move forward with a proposition Feb. 14 that could establish a munic- ipal drainage utility fee in May. Council agreed to put it on the ballot in June 2021, but concerns have risen about paying a tax and how the money raised will be used. Feb. 14 is the nal day for council to pass the proposition so it can be on the May ballot. City Council will also explore what potential alterna- tives, such as a bond, could cost the city and its taxpayers.

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Pearland City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 at 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council will meet March 7 at 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. A time for the meeting will be determined a week before the meeting. Meeting recordings are posted to the city’s YouTube channel. MEETINGSWE COVER

Positive: It would give exibility to raise money and not pigeonhole funding for specic projects. Negative: City residents, businesses and school districts have voiced displeasure with an additional tax.

SOURCE: CITY OF PEARLAND COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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COMPILED BY KELLY SCHAFLER 2022 P R I M A R Y E L E C T I O N G U I D E GUIDE Candidates and information for the March primaries

D A T E S T O K N O W Feb. 14 First day of early voting

W H E R E T O V O T E

March 1 Primary election day March 1 Last day to receive ballot by mail (or March 3 if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at location of election)

Registered voters in Brazoria and Galveston counties can vote at any polling center in their respective county during early voting and on election day.

Feb. 18 Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) Feb. 25 Last day of early voting

SOURCES: TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE, BRAZORIA COUNTY, GALVESTON COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

S A M P L E B A L L O T

R Republican

D Democrat

*Incumbent

Voters can vote in the Republican or Democratic primary, but not both. Only candidates in contested primary elections are listed below.

U.S. House of Representatives, District 22 R Gregory Jonathan Thorne R Troy E. Nehls* Texas Senate, District 11 R Bianca Gracia Brazoria County treasurer R Dietrich Von Biedenfeld R Natalie Briers R Angela Dees Brazoria County Precinct 2 commissioner R Ryan Cade* R Dan Davis Galveston County Precinct 4 commissioner R Matt Robinson R Ken Clark* Galveston County treasurer R Hank Dugie R Mayes Middleton R Robin Armstrong R Bob Mitchell

R George P. Bush R Eva Guzman D S. “T-Bone” Raynor

R James White R Carey A. Counsil D Susan Hays D Ed Ireson Railroad commissioner

STATEWIDE

Governor R Paul Belew R Danny Harrison R Rick Perry** R Allen B. West R Greg Abbott* R Don Hunes R Kandy Kaye Horn R Chad Prather

D Lee Merritt D Mike Fields D Joe Jaworski D Rochelle Mercedes Garza Comptroller of public accounts R Mark V. Goloby R Glenn Hegar* D Janet T. Dudding D Tim Mahoney D Angel Luis Vega Commissioner of the General Land Oce R Rufus Lopez R Victor Avila R Tim Westley R Don W. Minton R Ben Armenta R Weston Martinez R Jon Spiers R Dawn Buckingham D Jinny Suh D Michael Lange D Sandragrace Martinez D Jay Kleberg Commissioner of agriculture R Sid Miller*

R Dawayne Tipton R Tom Slocum Jr. R Wayne Christian* R Marvin “Sarge” Summers R Sarah Stogner Supreme Court justice, Place 9 R David J. Schenck R Evan Young* Court of Criminal Appeals judge, Place 5 R Scott Walker* R Clint Morgan LOCAL U.S. House of Representatives, District 14 R Ruben Landon Dante R Keith Casey

D Rich Wakeland D Beto O’Rourke D Joy Diaz D Inocencio (Inno) Barrientez D Michael Cooper Lieutenant governor R Todd M. Bullis

R Dan Patrick* R Daniel Miller R Zach Vance

R Aaron Sorrells R Trayce Bradford D Michelle Beckley D Carla Brailey D Mike Collier Attorney general R Ken Paxton* R Louie Gohmert

R Kevin C. Walsh* R Janet Homan

R Randy Weber* D Mikal Williams D Eugene Howard

** CANDIDATE IS NOT FORMER GOV. RICK PERRY

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CANDIDATE INFO

Get to know the candidates running in the election

Incumbent U.S. House of

U.S. Houseof Representatives, District 14, Democratic primary

U.S. House of Representatives, District 14, Republican primary

Representatives, District 22, Republican primary

GREGORY JONATHAN THORNE

Occupation: educator Experience: NAACP president for two years (2019-21) in Brazoria County; worked with EUGENE HOWARD Occupation: attorney, co-founder and general counsel of Central Texas Allied Health Institute Experience: licensed attorney and co-founder of a nonprot allied health careers college 832-425-4393 www.electmikalwilliams.com MIKAL WILLIAMS

RUBEN LANDON DANTE

The candidate did not respond to requests for comment by press time. KEITH CASEY

Occupation: CPA and small business owner Experience: husband, father and Christian advocating for a bal- anced budget, individual liberty and an embargo on China 832-307-2323 www.gjt2022.com

Occupation: self em- ployed, nancial deriva- tives and analytics Experience: nancial derivatives, understand-

ing solutions to then reverse engineer them within the Constitutional framework 409-500-2117 www.rldforcongress.com

TROY E. NEHLS

Occupation: House representative RANDY WEBER Experience: represented Texas’s 14th congressio- nal district in the United States House of Repre- sentatives since 2013 281-819-0099 www.weber.house.gov

Occupation: Congressman

Experience: serving in rst term in Congress as the U.S. Representative for Texas’ 22nd Congres- sional District www.nehlsforcongress.com

law enforcement to get over 23 police reforms done; Criminal Justice Committee NAACP for Texas www.howard-2-congress.org

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Texas Senate, District 11, Republican primary

BrazoriaCountyPrecinct 2 commissioner, Republicanprimary Occupation: Brazoria County Precinct 2 Commissioner Experience: over 7 years as commissioner; small business and ranch owner with regu- latory and environmental experience 979-583-8351 www.ryancade.com RYAN CADE

GalvestonCountyPrecinct 4commissioner, Republicanprimary

Occupation: homes- chool mom BIANCA GRACIA Experience: president of Latinos for Trump; exec- utive director of Latinos for America First; mas- ter’s of political science and strategic leadership 361-389-3486 www.biancafortexas.com

Occupation: physician, owner of Armstrong Medical Group Experience: lived in the district for 48 years; served in ministry; vice chair of Republican ROBIN ARMSTRONG

The candidate did not response to requests for comment by press time. MATT ROBINSON

Party of Texas 409-203-3164 www.robinarmstrongfortexas.com

MAYES MIDDLETON

Occupation: president of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership BOB MITCHELL

Occupation: Manvel City Council member Experience: helping others through work in the private sector; serv- ing Manvel as a member of City Council; tackled public policy challenges 936-230-0869 www.dandavisjr.com DAN DAVIS

KEN CLARK

Occupation: CEO of Middleton Oil Co.

Occupation: County Commissioner Precinct 4

Experience: served two terms as representative

Experience: senior ranking member of

Experience: worked in economic develop- ment for over 20 years; worked to create oppor- tunities and protect jobs 832-481-4109 www.bobmitchell4txsenate.com

for House District 23; ranked within 10 most conservative members; endorsed by President Donald Trump 409-443-7713 http://mayesmiddleton.com

the Galveston County Commissioner’s Court; served the citizens of Precinct 4 for the past 23 years 281-236-3309 www.kenclark.org

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