May 13 Municipal Elections

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Both of the Twin Cities saw a sitting council member beaten in Saturday's city elections. College Station's Nancy Berry and Bryan's Russell Bradley were defeated by Dave Ruesink and Mike Southerland, respectively.

Southerland scored the widest margin of victory in either of the city council races, defeating Bradley by a 64-36 percent margin for the at-large seat on Bryan's council. Bradley was seeking a second consecutive term, and a fourth overall. Southerland earns a seat on the Bryan council a year after falling short in a race against Mark Conlee.


Single Member District 5 seatholder Ben Hardeman was the only city council incumbent to retain their seat. He won a second consecutive term by defeating Planning and Zoning Chairperson Kim Casey. Hardeman won 56 percent of the vote. Like Bradley, he, too, had served a pair of terms prior to his current stint on the council.

A former Bryan councilwoman is returning to join Hardeman and Southerland. Annette Stephney was elected to fill the remaining year of Paul Madison's term. She defeated Mike Flores for the Single Member District 2 seat, winning 58 percent of the vote. Madison is running for the Brazos County commissioner's seat currently held by Carey Cauley.

Berry's reelection bid in College Station was stopped Ruesink, who won by a 59-41 percent margin.

He will be joined on the College Station council by former mayor Lynn McIlhaney, who squeaked by political newcomer Paul Marvin with a 52-48 percent margin, with just 103 votes separating the two.

The only contested school board race in the Twin Cities was in Bryan, with Merrill Green scoring a landslide victory over P.J. Vargas. The former Bryan High football coach will continue on the school board with 78 percent of the vote for the at-large Place 7.

Also, Bryan voters had 16 charter amendments to vote on, 15 of which passed. The only one not to win approval was the first, which would have allotted $250 to each council member each month for expenses they incurred.

Among those that passed was the creation of a city auditor as appointed by the city council.

Single Member District 2
Unexpired term of Paul Madison who is stepping down to run for Brazos County Commissioner.
Migel "Mike" Flores
Annette Stephney

Single Member District 4
Kim Casey
Ben Hardeman (i)

Place 6, At-Large
Russell Bradley (i)
Mike Southerland

Place 4
Paul Marvin
Lynn McIlhaney

Place 6
Nancy Berry (i)
Dave Ruesink

Place 7, At-Large
Merrill Green (i)
P.J. Vargas

Locations and times vary by city

Bryan Municipal Building
May 1 - May 5: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 6: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
May 8 - May 9: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

College Station City Hall
May 1 - May 5: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 6: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
May 7: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
May 8 - May 9: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Post Oak Mall (College Station voters only)
May 1 - May 6: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
May 7: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
May 8 - May 9: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

College Station ISD Administration Building
May 1 - May 5: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 6 - 7: CLOSED
May 8 - May 9: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Early voting runs May 1 to May 9. Election Day is May 13.