By STEFAN MODRICH
For the first time in 151 years, Fort Bend County voters elected an African-American county sheriff.
Eric Fagan, a longtime Houston Police Department investigator who received endorsements from County Judge KP George and District Attorney Brian Middleton, secured 52.58 percent of the vote and defeated County Precinct 4 Constable Trever Nehls by 17,000 votes.
The first African-American to hold the county sheriff’s office was Walter Moses Burden during the Reconstruction Era in 1869.
Fagan supports the use of body cameras and wants to diversify the staff of the sheriff’s office to prevent racial profiling. He also wants to improve community policing and reduce jail capacity, and issuing fines instead of arrests for minor offenses, like possessing small amounts of marijuana.
Honore, Willis advance to Stafford mayoral runoff
Financial executive AJ Honore and longtime Stafford City Council member Cecil Willis were the top two vote-getters in the race to become the city’s next mayor.
Because neither drew at least 51 percent of the vote — Honore’s 2,111 votes were good for 38.08 percent and Willis received 1,821, or 32.85 percent — they will advance to a Dec. 12 runoff election.
City Councilman Wen Guerra picked up 1,127 votes, or 20.33 percent, to finish in third place.
Jim Narvios received 485 votes, or 8.75 percent of the city’s participating electorate.
In the race for City Council Position 4, incumbent Don Jones eked out a victory over Adam Sanchez by 174 votes.
Sanchez conceded Wednesday morning to Jones in a tweet.
The Stafford Municipal School District Board of Trustees race saw both incumbents, the top two vote-getters, advance.
Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste received 3,036 votes, or 51.48 percent. Christopher Caldwell garnered 1,976
votes, or 33.51 percent, and challenger Clint Mendonca got 885 votes, or 15.01 percent.
Haas unseats Moore as Richmond mayor
Tuesday’s election also saw Richmond voters transition power from a household name in Fort Bend County politics to a political newcomer.
Evalyn Moore, who was appointed mayor in 2012 following the death of her husband Hilmar Moore, lost in a tight race to Rebecca Haas, the owner of History and Haunts of Richmond Texas, a ghost tour in the city’s historic district.
Haas finished with 51.68 percent of the vote to Moore’s 48.32 percent, or a difference of 92 votes — 1,411 to 1,319.
Evalyn Moore was reelected with nearly 69 percent of the vote in 2017 against Tres Davis and in 2014 she beat former city commissioner Gary Gillen by 92 votes.
Hilmar Moore had been the longest tenured mayor in the U.S. at the time of his death, serving for 63 years in the role.
Mayor, At Large Position 2 headed for runoffs in Missouri City
Incumbent Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford is the front-runner over Fred Taylor and Robin Elackatt in her bid to clinch a second term, but she failed to capture at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff with Elackatt.
Ford captured 14,681 votes, or 48.35 percent. Elackatt got 9,529 votes, or 31.38 percent, and Fred Taylor received 6,152 votes, or 20.26 percent.
Incumbent City Councilman Chris Preston’s bid for a fourth term in At Large Position 2 is also bound for a runoff with challenger Lynn Clouser.
Clouser commanded 13,089 votes, or 47.07 percent of the vote, and Preston got 11,738 votes, or 42.22 percent of the vote. James Mable garnered 2,978 votes, or 10.71 percent.
Another incumbent, Councilwoman Vashaundra Edwards, squeaked out a victory to hang on to her At Large Position 1 seat by a margin of 282 votes, 13,600 to 13,318, over Reginald Pearson.