Familiar faces return to College Station city council

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Two familiar faces kept their seats on the council. They'll be joined by the husband of an outgoing council member.

The race for Place 3 was a contentious one. Incumbent Linda Harvell looked to extend her time on council after filling Mayor Karl Mooney's spot when he was elected to that post. Her opponent, Dallas Shipp, had never held an elected office.

Harvell told News 3 she's looking forward to her first full term.

"I ran last year for a one year, unexpired term. So, to now be reelected for a three year term is very humbling because the residents got out and they supported me," Harvell said.

A familiar name fought to take Place 3 on the council. Bob Brick is the husband of former Place 3 council member Blanche Brick. Blanche was term-limited. His opponent came from another College Station governing body. Elianor Vessali served on the Planning & Zoning Commission.

Brick told News 3 how he felt after the results came in.

"Well, I feel great. I am honored and I am very humbled by the faith that the citizens of the city have put into me," Brick said.

John Nicholls ran unopposed for Place 5. He retains his seat on the council. He told News 3 he wants to focus on updating the city's comprehensive plan in his new term.

"I was involved in developing the last one and I think, if we do this right and we really engage the public in the process, we'll have a real opportunity to bring the community back together," Nicholls said. He hopes the process might relieve some of the contentiousness in the community by bringing everybody to the table.