Bryan, CS Races Set for May Elections

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Bryan and College Station government is set for a big shake-up. Two months from Monday, there will be seven newly-elected representatives between the cities.

Monday was the final day to file for the May 12 elections.

With Mayor Ron Silvia unable to run due to term limits, the highest profile seat in College Station government will be contested between a former and a current councilman, Dennis Maloney and Ben White.

White brings government experience from the town of Garden Ridge near San Antonio, where he served on the council and as mayor. After three years on the Planning and Zoning Commission, White was unopposed in the election for the seat he currently holds, Place 1. He is also the current mayor pro tem.

"College Station is a community, in my opinion, that is on the move," White said. "It's growing rapidly, as everyone knows. We strive in everything we do for excellence, and what I want to do is try to enhance that."

After serving terms on the College Station council, Maloney has been relatively removed from the public spotlight after spending multiple terms on the College Station council, including a stint as mayor pro tem. He has also served on countless regional committees on behalf of the city.

"I've served three full terms as a councilmember," Maloney said. "I understand the legalities of how to run a meeting and how to run the city. I think that and the experience I have, having served on every committee that the city has, has well prepared me for the job."

With White running, the one year remaining on his term in Place 1 is up for grabs between three people: Robert Miksch, John Crompton and Place 2 councilman John Happ. A councilmember can only serve six consecutive years according to the city charter. Happ has served a two- and a three-year term, meaning his only opportunity to run is for a one-year seat.

Since Happ can't run again for a three-year Place 2 term, it leaves that seat open. The only person who filed is former councilmember James Massey.

In Bryan, the mayoral race pits Mark Conlee against Mary Kaye Moore. Current Mayor Ernie Wentrcek decided not to run for a second term.

Moore retired as Bryan's city manager a little over a year ago after five years in that position. Her first stint as a city staff member began in 1984. She also served as an assistant city manager in Odessa.

"I think I bring the knowledge of the city organization, how it operates, the knowledge of the wonderful employees that are at the city," said Moore, "and I have a good working relationship with them."

Conlee is the current Mayor Pro Tem in Bryan, and has been on the council for two years. The fourth generation Bryan resident attended Sam Houston State, and has run a number of local businesses.

"I have a good working relationship with the rest of the council and city staff," Conlee said. "I've gotten a lot of encouragement from all those, and at this point in time, I think I'm the best person for the job."

As far as the council goes, Alfonso Saenz is the lone person seeking the Single Member District 1 seat. The current holder, Joe Marin, has reached his term limit.

Councilmember Annette Stephney will not seek to stay in District 2 after serving an unexpired term. The former seatholder, Paul Madison, is running again for the position, along with Karen Zimmerman-Gonzales and Mike Flores.

With Conlee running for mayor, the last year in District 4 is open. Former mayor Lloyd Joyce, Ann Horton and Flynn Adcock will seek that remaining year.

With the school board races in the Twin Cities, there's not too much for voters to decide.

In Bryan, District 1 incumbent Carl Hasan is unchallenged. District 3's only contender is Maritza Hoffman. District 5's lone candidate is Douglas Wunneburger.

And there's more of the same in College Station, except there, it's all incumbents that are unchallenged. Garland Watson, Mary Broussard and Randall Pitcock will run unopposed to retain their seats as trustees.

As always, KBTX and are your election headquarters for results from across the Brazos Valley. We'll have up-to-the-minute updates throughout that Saturday evening in two months time.