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19 candidates compete in contestedDistrict 22 race For the first time in over a decade, Republican Rep. Pete Olson will not be on the ballot for the U.S. Congress District 22 seat, which encompasses northern Brazoria County and portions of Fort Bend and Harris counties. Instead, voters will have to choose which of the 19 candi- dates they would like to see move past the March primary. With 15 Republicans and four Democrats vying for spots in the primary election, and five of those candidates being from Pearland, there are a lot of moving parts to keep track of, especially since either party has a fair chance of winning the district, said Mike Jones, a political science professor at Rice University. Jones said the high number of candidates is because District 22 is an open seat where both parties have a real chance to win in November. CONTINUED ON 20 BY MORGAN SLUTZKY

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2010 67.13% Republican | 29.82% Democrat | 3.05% Other

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2012 64.33% Republican | 31.4% Democrat | 4.27% Other

shrinking. With 2018 being the closest race yet, the 2020 election is on a path to being even tighter. Here is a look at the Brazoria County voting trends from the last five elections.

2014 64.46% Republican | 33.49% Democrat | 2.05% Other

2016 60.55% Republican | 39.45% Democrat

2018 52.89% Republican | 44.75% Democrat | 2.36% Other

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American ANXIETY Pearland and Friendswood ISDs are each taking steps to address growing anxiety in the student population. Among American adults, here is a look at how many suffer from anxiety or depression.

Pearland, Friendswood ISDswork toward improving studentmental healthoptions

6.9% of American adults live with major depression of American adults live with anxiety disorders 18.1%

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In many school districts, mental health and wellness have become an important topic as awareness of student anxiety and depression rise. Pearland and Friendswood ISDs are each mak- ing strides to address the needs of their students. For the 2018-19 school year, PISD brought on six student support counsel- ors. Located at the junior high and high

schools, the support counselors are part of an effort by the district to address the growing mental health challenges that students are facing, PISD Coordinator of Guidance Services Chenda Moore said. Moore said the district found there was a necessity to support the emotional needs of students and staff, especially since other school counselors with a ded- icated grade or campus are already

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PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett PUBLISHER-HOUSTONMETRO Jason Culpepper ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Kristina Shackelford GENERAL MANAGER Papar Faircloth, pfaircloth@communityimpact.com EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Marie Leonard EDITOR Haley Morrison

FROMPAPAR: Voter turnout is historically less than 8% for our area, which means only 8% of registered voters are deciding which candidates will make decisions about your city, county and state affairs as well as public education. Use our voter guide on Page 15 to help you navigate through this important election year. Early voting starts Feb. 18! Papar Faircloth, GENERALMANAGER

FROMHALEY: This month is our primary voter guide, which includes a front-page story on the District 22 race. The race has 20 candidates to choose from in the primary, making education on the race even more important. Haley Morrison, EDITOR

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NOWOPEN 1 Red Circle Ice Cream held the grand opening for its Pearland location Feb 1. Located at 8201 Broadway St., Ste., 131, Pearland, the business specializes in ice cream paired with churros and Hong Kong-style egg waffles. The handmade ice cream has unique flavors, including lychee strawberry, guava, brown bread and hot cheetos. The eatery offers other desserts as well, including ice cream- stuffed doughnuts and milkshakes with churros. The Pearland location will also offer Vietnamese coffee—with or without ice cream. www.redcirclefranchising.com 2 Village Medical opened a Friend- swood location at 102 N. Friendswood Drive on Jan. 27, less than a month after opening its Pearland location. Village Medical offers preventive care treatment for illness and injury, and management

of chronic conditions, including diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, chron- ic obstructive pulmonary disease and endocrine disorders. Patients can make same-day appointments, as well as hav- ing virtual health visits. There is also an option for in-home care. Village Medical is a part of VillageMD. www.village medical.com 3 ThisFitFuel opened its location in Pearland on Jan. 20. This restaurant, located at 1130 Broadway St., Ste. 114, offers healthy meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner that can be eaten in the restaurant, taken to-go or delivered. The meals can also be ordered online in bulk. 281-898-8886. www.thisfitfuel.com 4 Coco Nail Spa and Boutique opened in Friendswood on Jan. 17. The spa offers a variety of services including nails, eyelash extensions and lifts, massages and facials. It also has a women’s clothing

boutique. The spa is located at 402 A E. Edgewood Drive, Friendswood. 281-947-8155. 5 Piano Academy opened in early January at 1130 Broadway St., Ste. 104, Pearland. The business offers piano and guitar lessons as well as vocals and stage training. 281-386-3321. 6 Pearland Ride Cycling Studio opened on Dec. 23 at 3518 E. Broadway St., Pearland. The full-body cycling studio offers nine 45-minute classes a week. Classes consist of cycling and upper-body weights. The locally owned business works to make sure all clients feel like

serves the waffles alongside assorted toppings. The restaurant also has a coffee bar. This is the second location for the business, which started in Seabrook. www.seabrookwafflecompany.com COMING SOON 8 Friendswood Grocery is coming to Friendswood in early March. Located at 214 S. Friendswood Drive, the locally owned grocery store will carry popular convenience store items and a limited selection of produce and meat. It will also be home to a Mexican kitchen where customers can order meals. www.facebook.com/friendswoodgrocery 9 Bellissimo Day Spa will open in Friendswood in mid-February. Located at 119 W. Parkwood Ave., the spa will offer a variety of services from different practi- tioners. Services are expected to include

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The business will offer ultrasound services, a bakery and a boutique. (Courtesy Babies Bakery)

FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Babies Bakery will hold its grand opening on Feb. 15. The business, which is a 3D/4D ultrasound facility as well as a cake pop bakery and small boutique, will be located at 2206 E Broadway St., Pearland. “When I was pregnant, I felt like there should be some sort of one stop shop for moms with cravings,” owner Emily Joyce said. “I’ve been making cake pops for several years and always wanted to open a bakery, but I was looking had been located at 5010 Broadway St., Pearland. 17 Amici Ristorante Italiano closed in late January. The restaurant had been located at 709 W. Parkwood Ave., Friend- swood, for five years. The restaurant sold Italian food. Chef Joseph Trama was the owner. IN THE NEWS 18 The Shadow Creek High School Sharks won the 5A Division 1 State Championship game on Dec. 20. The team made UIL history by winning the state championship during their first two years of being eligible for a varsity win, according to a press release from the district. The team made Alvin ISD history

a relaxation area with a complementary wine bar, massage therapy, sensory deprivation tanks, aesthetician-adminis- tered facials, and a physician on site for fillers and botox. There will also be a can- nabidiol store at the spa. 281-993-8156. RELOCATIONS 10 JenniBelle Boutique will relocate to Suite 945 in the Pearland Town Center in mid-February. The business, which was previously located at 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 780, offers women’s clothing for events as well as day-to-day items. 832- 290-1401. www.jennibelleboutique.com 11 In early December, Cobb, Fendley & Associates relocated its Pearland office to a larger space at 1920 Country Place Parkway. Originally, the office was in Ste. 310; it moved to Ste. 400. The new space, just under 12,000 square feet, now accommodates 36 employees. The business had previously been at capacity in a space that fit 20 employees. Cobb, Fendley & Associates is a civil engineering firm with offices around the country. 713-462-3242. www.cobbfendley.com ANNIVERSARIES 12 AR Workshop opened at 9430 Broadway St., Ste. 160, Pearland, on Feb. 2, 2019. The do-it-yourself craft shop offers classes on making wood signs, knit blankets, wreaths and other items. The business also offers group events. The franchise is the first Houston location.

346-291-5331. www.arworkshop.com/ pearland 13 Rollie’s Frozen Custard opened in Pearland last year on Feb. 23. Located at 3695 Kirby Drive, Ste. 123, the creamery serves chocolate and vanilla custard, as well as a rotating flavor of the day and mix-ins. Custard can be served as a scoop, malt, shake, sundae or blast. The business also offers old-fashioned sodas, frozen Italian ice and slushies. www.rolliesfrozencustard.com EXPANSIONS 14 Pearland Town Center is planning on doubling its amount of available office space. The 48,000-square-foot office building will have two suites open for rent this fall. Located at 11200 Broadway St., Pearland Town Center already offers retail, restaurants, apartments and a hotel. 713-340-0712. www.pearlandtowncenter.com CLOSINGS 15 Antie’s Meat Market closed in early January. The market processed meat and offered deli items in-house. The deli had been located at 1807 Broadway St., Ste. 113, Pearland. 16 Allendale’s Kitchen and Cocktails closed in mid-January. The business, which has been open for a little over a year, served made-from-scratch country cooking and cocktails. The restaurant

for a business to partner with. This just seemed like the perfect fit. You come in to see your baby, you can shop around our vendors, and even leave with cake pops for your baby shower.” The boutique portion of Babies Bakery will carry Ivory Boutique items, jewelry, handmade car seat covers, bibs and more. www.facebook.com/babies- bakery-previously-known-as-momma- es-sweets-1659052584399790/

by becoming the first football team to win a state championship. Shadow Creek High School is located at 11850 Broadway St., Pearland. 19 Quest Diagnostics will take over Memorial Hermann labs, including the lab at 16100 South Freeway, Pearland, in the middle of the year. The transaction will include around 30 diagnostic lab patient service centers and 60 in-office lab service sites. Following the acqui- sition, Quest will provide management services at each of Memorial Hermann’s nearly two dozen hospital laboratories, although those spaces will remain under Memorial Hermann’s ownership, accord-

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raffles, door prizes and music, as well as food and beverages, including a free wine tasting bar. The event is open to the public and family friendly. 3-7 p.m. Free. Center Stage Pearland, 3695 Kirby Drive, Ste. 105, Pearland. 281-299-4814. www.facebook.com/events/center- stage-gallery-pearland/pearland-pop-

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Active Kids will hold a Spring Break Art Camp, an opportunity for kids ages 6-12 to make their own art pieces using a va- riety of tools and techniques. There will be chances to try drawing, cartooning, painting, sculpture, art history and mixed media. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $200 (Resident), $250 (nonresident). Pearland Recreation Center and Natatorium, 4141 Bailey Road, Pearland. www.activekids.com/ pearland-tx/stem/classes/spring-break- art-camp-2020 12 LEARNHOWTOMAKE GINGER BEER Keep Pearland Beautiful will host “Ferment and Foam: Making Ginger and Turmeric Beer” for those interested in learning how to make the nonalcoholic beverage. It will take place at the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, and refreshments will be available before the lecture. 7-8 p.m. Free. 5750 Magnolia Parkway, Pearland. https://brazoria.agrilife.org/ event/kpb-garden-lecture-ginger- turmeric/ 13 GET A FRIDAY THE 13TH TATTOO Black List Tattoo and Piercing Co. will celebrate the superstitious day with a Friday the 13th and Piercing Palooza. The company will offer $13 tattoos with a $7 tip each and $10 piercings. The offer is available to those who sign up in advance with Eventbrite. Minors looking to be pierced must have a parent/guardian and birth certificate with them. All day. $10-$20. 6055 Broadway St., Pearland. www.facebook.com/events/black-list- tattoo-and-piercing-co/friday-the-13th- and-piercing-palooza/2588165117887180/

FEBRUARY 22 BRING THE CHILDREN TOA SCIENCE EVENT Kiddie Academy of Pearland-West will host STEM Adventures, a free family event where children can participate in hands-on science-themed activities and demonstrations designed to inspire the imagination. It will encourage creative problem solvers to explore an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 11035 Magnolia Parkway, Pearland. www.facebook.com/ events/708354966237176/ 25 CELEBRATEMARDI GRAS Join the Friendswood Senior Citi- zen Program to celebrate Mardi Gras with beads, food, music and games. Two peo- ple with the best costumes will be named Mardi Gras King and Queen, so attendees are encouraged to wear purple, green and yellow as well as a mask or jester cos- tume. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Friendswood Activity Building, 416 Morningside Drive, Friendswood. 281-482-8441. www.facebook.com/ events/1006766103032953 The Daddy Daughter Dance will be at the junior high cafeteria. The theme is Bubbles and Ball Gowns. 6-8 p.m. $20-$25. 1000 Manison Parkway, Friendswood. www.ci.friendswood. tx.us (Courtesy city of Friendswood)

MARCH 07 CYCLE FOR CHARITY St. Jude Heroes will hold Ride for a Reason, a four-hour indoor cycling relay to raise money in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Life Time Foundation. Participants can be solo or part of a team. There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to fund raise. 8 a.m.-noon. 19250 Gulfbrook Drive, Friendswood. https://fundraising. stjude.org/site/TR?fr_id=119600&pg= entry 07 DOA SPRING FUN RUN Join the Pomona Elementary PTO at its first Spring Fun Run, which will have 1-mile and 5k race options. The event will also include food trucks, vendor booths and a DJ. Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. $25 (1-mile), $30 (5K). Camp Pomona, 4545 Pomona Parkway, Manvel. www.active.com/manvel-tx/ running/distance-running-races/ pomona-fun-run-2020 08 SHOP AT A POP-UP EVENT Enjoy networking, shopping and interactive workshops at the Pearland Pop-Up Shop Event. There will be The Friendswood Senior Citizen Go Texan Luncheon will feature barbecue and games. Guests may wear western clothes. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 416 Morningside Drive. 281-482-8441. (Courtesy city of Friendswood)

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FEB. 15-MARCH 14 SEE LIVEMUSICWITHDINNER Enjoy a live music performance on Fridays and Saturdays at King’s Biergarten & Restaurant, a German restaurant in Pearland. Musical acts include Enzian Buam, The Others and The Stringbenders. 6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 5-10 p.m. (Sat.). Free. 1329 E. Broadway St., Pearland. 832-569-4141. www.kingsbiergarten.com FEB. 22 ATTENDA FOLK CONCERT Pushing Chain will perform at Pearland House Concerts. The ticket price includes dinner and refresh- ments, but attendees can bring their own beverages. Children are welcome to attend and do not need a ticket. The concert will benefit His Grace Foundation. 6-9 p.m. $25-$35. 2845 West- chester Circle, Pearland. www. eventbrite.com/e/pearland-house- concerts-presents-pushing-chain- tickets-87847864327

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Hwy. 288main lanesmay open in February The southbound exits on the Brazo- ria County portion of Hwy. 288 have opened. The county is still working on the northbound side as well as the ramps,

is delaying work that could be done on the Brazoria County portion, Hanks said. Hanks said he could possibly get the main lanes open by late February, depending on when he has a full crew. The Harris County portion of the project is set to end in late June, Hanks said. “I can’t open until they open,” Hanks said. Work is also continuing on FM 518, or Broadway Street, which could be com- pleted in March, Hanks said. One of the lanes on Broadway opened in January. The Hwy. 288 and Broadway Street proj- ects are funded by Brazoria County and the city of Pearland and cost a combined $97 million. “We’re working as hard as we can to get these done for our citizens,” he said.

Brazoria County Engineer Matt Hanks said. The project began in summer 2017. “We are really approaching the end of our project,” Hanks said. While Brazoria County could not open the toll lanes until the Harris County portion is ready, the end of construction on the Brazoria County portion would open the main lanes, allowing a normal traffic pattern, Hanks said. However, Brazoria County is sharing some crew members with Harris County and the Texas Department of Transpor- tation, meaning that some work on the Harris County portion of the toll road

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Bailey Road expansion Brazoria County is in the process of widening Bailey Road from CR 90 to FM 1128 from a two-lane road to four lanes. Work on the road has gone smoothly so far, county officials said. Timeline: 2019-21 Cost: $15 million Funding sources: federal transportation improvement program, Brazoria County

Pearland Parkway traffic circle The Pearland Parkway traffic circle is set to go to bid in late spring. It was original- ly supposed to go to bid in January. The traffic circle will replace the roundabout on Pearland Parkway. Timeline: March 2020-March 2022 Cost: $3.27 million Funding source: city of Pearland 2019 bond

Blackhawk Boulevard reconstruction Work on Blackhawk Boulevard will con- tinue with construction beginning on the section of the road between Friendswood Link Road and Centennial Lane. Work is expected to finish on the final phase of the bond-funded project this spring. Timeline: June 2018-spring 2020 Cost: $4.58 million Funding source: 2013 Friendswood bond

Hughes Ranch Road expansion After being stopped for a drainage incident, work has restarted on Hughes Ranch Road. The project will convert the road from a two- to a four-lane road with a median and curbs from Smith Ranch

Road to Cullen Boulevard. Timeline: March 2019-2021 Cost: $20.5 million Funding source: city of Pearland

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News from Pearland & Friendswood ISDs

Friendswood ISD trustees hear district bond proposal FRIENDSWOOD ISD At a meeting on Jan. 13, the FISD Citizen Advisory Committee presented the board of trustees with a recommendation for a districtwide improvements bond. The proposal totaled $128 million, with improvements suggested for five of the six campuses. Brandon Kinsey, a presenter for the committee, said district demographic projections for the next few years were a significant focus for the committee. “We are under a moderate growth cycle and we’ve been on that path for some time,” Kinsey said. “Within the next two years we’re going to be at BY MORGAN SLUTZKY

Some board members expressed the need for a bond. “The last bond issue was 12 years ago. We may have waited too long but now is the time. The board has been very judicious in how we spent our money, but now is the time,” board member Rebecca Hillenberg said. The committee was made up of 44 community members, including students, parents, teachers and business owners. It held eight meetings to determine the best plan to accommodate the needs of Friendswood students, Friendswood High School junior Meghan Flanagan said. Flanagan was one of the presenters for the bond at the board meeting. As of press time, the final price of the bond as well as whether it will be added to the May ballot has yet to be decided. See www.communityimpact.com for more details.

capacity at some of our campuses.” To make room for student population growth, the bond recommends classroom additions for Westwood Elementary and Bales and Windsong intermediate schools, as well as a completely new facility for Cline Elementary School. It also suggests several renovations and additions at Friendswood High School. Other aspects of the bond are districtwide safety and security improvements, as well as technology improvements. The presenters emphasized the importance of a replacement for Cline, referencing possible safety concerns they noticed on a tour of the campus. “I blindly, as a resident, assumed that we had the best facilities in the world,” committee presenter Paul Sellers said. “It became clear when we started with Cline that they are not always the same.”

Bond breakdown The committee first identified $203.2 million worth of projects before prioritizing down to $128 million for the district bond. Here is a look at the committee’s recommendations. SOURCE: FRIENDSWOOD ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

$16.46M Priority maintenance

$4.55M Windsong Intermediate classroom addition

$3M Westwood Elementary classroom addition

$1M Safety and security improvements

$53.37M Friendswood High School additions and renovations

$44.61M Cline Elementary replacement

$128.27M TOTAL

$2.38M Bales Intermediate classroom addition

$1.9M Land purchases

$1M Technology improvements

Pearland ISDboard renews superintendent contract, approves addition to stadiumplan

Capital Project Fund and allocated $10 million to addressing those projects. The total cost of all Level 1 priority projects, which include main- tenance and operations equipment, vehicle and bus replacements and other departments, is $7.7 million. PISD’s Chief Financial Officer Jorgannie Carter said the district may potentially be able to use bond funds for up to $4.3 million of the cost.

The board also approved an LED display screen for the outside of the stadium at Pearland High School. “Something like this is adding to the value of the community,” board member Lance Botkin said. The screen will be added to existing construction plans for the stadium. The approved display was the mid-size option, and has an estimated cost of $525,000.

BY MORGAN SLUTZKY

from Jul. 1, 2020, until Jun. 30, 2023. The board also discussed and approved the projects identified as Level 1 priorities on the Capital Renewal Plan created during the 2018-19 school year. In October, the board approved the creation of a

PEARLAND ISD At the meeting on Jan. 21, board members approved an extension of Superintendent John Kelly’s contract after the annual superintendent evaluation. The contract will now extend the term

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News from Pearland & Friendswood

Council advances frontage road

Friendswood hears flood control update FRIENDSWOOD The city of Friendswood is working on both long- and short-term flood control plans for the city, Deputy Director of Engineering Samantha Haritos said at the council’s meeting Feb. 3. Short-term plans for drainage in the city include detention work at the neighborhood of Imperial Estates, a detention basin at the Forest Bend neighborhood and terracing at Whitcomb, owned by Clear Creek Community Church. The city has worked with Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District on the Imperial Estates project, but the project will continue for more time as there is more detention area available than originally antici- pated, Haritos said. Working with different groups to move projects along is critical to getting the funding for the projects, Haritos said. To partner with the Harris County Flood Control District, the city needs hydraulic and hydrology models, which the city will work on procuring, Haritos said. The city may be working with the Harris County Flood Control District on the Forest Bend detention basin, if the hydraulic and hydrology model meets the district’s requirements. The city also received a Commu- nity Block Development Grant of $3.45 million for the Forest Bend detention basin. Friendswood is also working BY HALEY MORRISON

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS FRIENDSWOOD This May, the city will have an election for council positions No. 2 and 5 and the sales tax for street repairs. PEARLAND The city of Pearland will have an election on May 2 for mayor and council positions No. 3 and 7. FRIENDSWOOD The City Council voted to update the city’s application to the Texas General Land Office to include burial of utility lines across Clear Creek as a flood mitigation project. The city hopes to receive Community Development Block Grant funding. “We highly encourage citizens to attend those meetings and get your voice out there; let them know what our needs are and how severe the flooding out here is,” she said. Friendswood City Council meets on the first Monday of the month. The next meeting is March 2. Council Chambers, Friendswood City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Drive 281-996-3200 www.ci.friendswood.tx.us Pearland City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month. The next meeting is Feb. 24. Council Chambers, Pearland City Hall, 3519 Liberty Drive 281-652-1600 • www.pearlandtx.gov MEETINGSWE COVER with League City, other local cities, counties and the Army Corps of Engineers on the Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou Watershed flooding study, known also as the League City flooding study. The meetings for the study are public, and citizens are encouraged to attend, Haritos said.

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Pearson said. The project is expected to be let out for construction in Octo- ber, said Robert Upton, the director of engineering and city engineer. “There is not a more important project in Pearland than getting this frontage road built,” Council Member Trent Perez said.

PEARLAND City Council approved an advanced funding agreement of $7 million at the Jan. 27 meeting for the creation of the Hwy. 288 northbound frontage road between Magnolia Parkway and Broadway Street. The road would allow drivers on Hwy. 288 or Magnolia Parkway access into the retail establishments off Hwy. 288 and Broadway without hav- ing to go through residential areas, according to the agenda item. The turn lane will also go into Silverlake Village shopping center, where the Target is. “I’m glad we are seeing some prog- ress on this,” Mayor Tom Reid said. The design includes a two-lane road with drainage and a U-turn lane. Because the city used the advanced funding agreement, it will advance the project a few years earlier than anticipated, City Manager Clay PEARLAND The Houston-Gal- veston Area Council named an award after Mayor Tom Reid and presented it to him at the organization’s meeting on Jan. 24, according to a press release sent out by the organization. The award recognizes excellence in regional leadership in the H-GAC region, according to the release. Reid was mayor of Pearland for nearly 40 years. Reid has been a member of H-GAC’s board since 1973, the first year he was elected to City Council. BY MORGAN SLUTZKY

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“It’s rare to find a person who can see beyond themselves and their community all the time,” Chuck Wemple, executive director for H-GAC, said in the same press release. “Then you find someone like Mayor Reid, and we learn that we can do more together than apart.” The Tom Reid Excellence in Regional Leadership Award will recognize future board members who show outstanding leadership in the region, and are instrumental in supporting the agency’s mission.

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In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast, bringing a historic amount of rainfall to the Houston region. The storm produced never‐before‐seen precipitation depths to Galveston, Harris, and Brazoria Counties. As was the case with most of the watersheds in the region, Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou experienced widespread flooding, which resulted in significant damages. The purpose of the Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson BayouWatershed Study is to develop a comprehensive flood mitigation plan for the Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou Watersheds, including identification of vulnerabilities in the watersheds and development and refinement of concepts to reduce flood risks along the main channels. During each meeting, Study team representatives will present Study updates, the history of the Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou Watersheds, and Study information. The public is invited to participate and further discuss the impact the Study will have on them and their communities. The meeting materials and format will be the same at all four meetings. Informational displays will be available for viewing, and Study Team representatives will provide information and answer questions. No formal presentations will be made. Comments will be accepted at the public meetings and throughout the duration of the Study. All comments regarding Phase 1 Study findings should be submitted or postmarked by March 20, 2020 to be considered in Phase 2 of the Study. Written comments may be mailed to the Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou Watershed Study Community Engagement Team at 2500 Summer Street, Suite 1130, Houston, Texas 77007 or emailed to LCCDB@leaguecitytx.gov . For more information about the Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou Watershed Study, visit www.leaguecitytx.gov/LCCDB .

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GUIDE

Candidates and information for the March primaries

WHERE TO VOTE Precincts: A voter is registered in the county election precinct that contains the voter’s residence address. Each election precinct established for an election shall be served by a single polling place located within the boundary of the precinct. Vote centers: This is a polling place system in which the county election precinct polling places are eliminated and instead any registered voter eligible to vote in the county-run election may vote at any polling place . Where can I vote?: Voters in Brazoria and Galveston counties can vote at any vote center on election day and at any vote center open for early voting.

Important dates

GUIDE ELECTION Primary 2020 COMPILED BY HALEY MORRISON

Feb. 18: first day of early voting Feb. 21: last day to apply for early voting by mail Feb. 28: last day of early voting March 3: primary election day Voters can vote in the Republican or Democratic primary, but not both.

Follow along for election night coverage at communityimpact.com.

SAMPLE BALLOT

R: Republican D: Democrat

State representatives Texas House District 24

D: Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez D: Royce West Railroad commissioner R: Ryan Sitton* R: James “Jim” Wright D: Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo D: Chrysta Castañeda D: Kelly Stone D: Mark Watson LOCAL U.S. representatives U.S. House District 14 R: Randy Weber* R: Joshua Foxworth D: Sanjanetta Barnes D: Adrienne Bell D: Eddie Fisher D: Robert “Puga” Thomas D: Mikal Williams U.S. House District 22 R: Pierce Bush R: Jon Camarillo R: Douglas Haggard R: Aaron Hermes R: Greg Hill R: Diana Miller R: Troy Nehls R: Brandon T. Penko R: Shandon Phan R: Bangar Reddy R: Howard Steele R: Kathaleen Wall R: Joe Walz D: Sri Preston Kulkarni D: Nyanza Davis Moore D: Carmine Petrillo III D: Derrick Reed Texas senators Texas Senate District 11 R: Larry Taylor* D: Susan Criss D: Margarita Ruiz Johnson R: Matt Hinton R: Dan Mathews

FEDERAL U.S. president R: Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Guerra** R: Bob Ely R: Zoltan G. Istvan R: Matthew John Matern R: Donald J. Trump* D: Michael Bennet D: Joseph R. Biden D: Michael R. Bloomberg D: Cory Booker D: Pete Buttigieg D: Julián Castro D: Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente** D: John K. Delaney R: Joe Walsh R: Bill Weld

R: Greg Bonnen* D: Brian J. Rogers Texas House District 29 R: Ed Thompson* D: Travis Boldt Texas House District 129 R: Ryan Lee R: Dennis Paul* D: Kayla Alix Brazoria County commissioner R: Stacy Adams* Galveston County justice of the peace R: Kathleen M. McCumber* Brazoria County sheriff R: Richard Allen Foreman R: Randy Rhyne R: L. “Bo” Stallman III Galveston County sheriff R: Henry A. Trochesset* D: Mark Salinas Brazoria County tax assessor-collector R: Kristin Bulanek D: Andrew Bell Galveston County tax assessor-collector R: Cheryl E. Johnson* R: Jackie Peden Brazoria County constable, precinct 2 R: Willie Howell* R: Mike Ochoa Brazoria County constable, precinct 3 R: CB “Buck” Stevens* Galveston County constable

Visit communityimpact.com to see a full list and map of where to vote during early voting and on election day.

STRAIGHT-PARTY VOTING

House Bill 25 from Texas’ 85th legislative session creates a shift from voting for candidates only affiliated with a specific party to having to review all candidates affiliated with all parties. Abolishing straight-party voting will not affect March primaries.

D: Tulsi Gabbard D: Amy Klobuchar D: Deval Patrick D: Bernie Sanders D: Tom Steyer D: Elizabeth Warren D: Robby Wells D: Marianne Williamson D: Andrew Yang STATEWIDE U.S. senator R: Virgil Bierschwale R: John Anthony Castro R: John Cornyn* R: Dwayne Stovall R: Mark Yancey D: Chris Bell D: Michael Cooper D: Amanda K. Edwards D: Jack Daniel Foster Jr. D: Annie “Mamá” Garcia D: Victor Hugo Harris D: Mary “MJ” Hegar D: Sema Hernandez D: D.R. Hunter D: Adrian Ocegueda

Percentage of votes that were straight-party Brazoria County* Republican Democrat

35.9%

63.26%

38.29%

61.03%

30.98%

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35.8%

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R: D.J. Alvarez R: Justin West

*Data from Galveston County not available.

Straight-party voting will end Sept. 1 .

**ROQUE “ROCKY” DE LA FUENTE RUNNING IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IS THE SON OF ROQUE “ROCKY” DE LA FUENTE GUERRA RUNNING IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY. * INCUMBENT

SOURCE: BRAZORIA COUNTY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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REPRESENTATIVES

A guide to local legislators

COMPILED BY MORGAN SLUTZKY

Texas is represented by legislators. On a city and county level, residents are represented by various officials from U.S. district representatives to county commissioners. WHO represents

LOCAL REPRESENTATION

U.S. representatives Term length: 2 years

Republican Democrat Position up for re-election in 2020 *PETE OLSON IS NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION. ME?

DISTRICT 22

288

518

35

528

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DISTRICT 14

Randy Weber District 14

Pete Olson District 22

State representatives Term length: 2 years

State senator Term length: 4 years

DISTRICT 11

288

DISTRICT 29

518

288

518

35

518

35

528

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528

Greg Bonnen District 24

Ed Thompson District 29

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Larry Taylor District 11

DISTRICT 24

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Primary Election Guide 2020

MARCH 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES TURNOUT

Galveston County commissioners Term length: 4 years

State board of education Term length: 4 years

DISTRICT 7

PRECINCT 4

288

518

518

35

30% of eligible voters in

Republican: 19.9% Democrat: 10.1%

528

528

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Ken Clark Precinct 4

Mark Henry County judge

Matt Robinson District 7

N

Texas voted in the primaries

Brazoria County commissioners Term length: 4 years

Brazoria County overall 28.42%

PRECINCT 3

288

518

Galveston County overall 27.30%

35

PRECINCT 2

N

Stacy Adams Precinct 3

L.M. Sebesta, Jr. County judge

Ryan Cade Precinct 2

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