Election results coming in for Pearland mayor, council runoffs

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Pearland Mayor Tom Reid was leading challenger Quentin Wiltz in early returns Saturday in an election runoff over who will lead the fast-growing  south Houston suburb.

And in the race for a newly created City Council position, Woody Owens was leading Dalia Kasseb in early returns.

The runoff elections reflected a city grappling with change in a suburb that has grown significantly in recent decades, with new and diverse residents moving to master-planned communities built on the west side of town.


Campaign rhetoric highlighted the challenges the city faces, including concerns about mobility, an odorous landfill and city finances. Race and religion also became talking points, with two older, white, conservative-backed men who had held office before facing two younger, minority newcomers.

In the mayor’s race, 91-year-old incumbent Reid faced a 36-year-old who works in the pipeline industry.

In the council race, businessman and former city council member Woody Owens, 69, ran against 30-year-old pharmacist Kasseb, the first openly Muslim candidate for public office in Brazoria County history.

City officials estimate Pearland had around 120,000 residents at the beginning of this year. It encompasses parts of three counties – Harris, Fort Bend and Brazoria – and covers 48 square miles.


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