Conlee Wins Bryan Mayor's Seat; Runoffs in Two Districts

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Bryan's Mayor Pro Tem can now drop two of those words from his title.

Mark Conlee, the current holder of the Single Member District 4 seat, won Saturday's election for mayor of Bryan, earning 57 percent of the vote, or 2,580 votes.

His opponent, former Bryan City Manager Mary Kaye Moore, won 1,974 votes, or 43 percent.

"I'm glad the campaign is over," Conlee said following the win. "I'm excited to have a new job, and I thank all the voters who voted for me and all the people who helped work for me. We're just excited to get this finished. My wife worked hard as treasurer. Everybody did a great job."

A longtime businessman and fourth-generation Bryan resident, Conlee had served two years in SMD 4 before deciding to make a run for mayor. The current mayor, Ernie Wentrcek, chose not to run for a second term.

Conlee ran on successes of his two years on the council such as preserving neighborhood integrity and an expanding tax base, while promising efforts in city growth like adding police, firefighters and infrastructure.

Moore was gracious in defeat. Would she have been victorious, she would have been Bryan's first female mayor.

"Mr. Conlee won and I wish him the very best," Moore said. "I know his family worked very hard on the campaign, and I wish them well and I wish the city well."

Meanwhile, there will be a runoff for both the Single Member District 2 full term and the one-year unexpired Single Member District 4 term.

Paul Madison and Mike Flores will face off again on June 23 with SMD 2 on the line. Madison earned 188 votes (46 percent) to Flores' 175 (43 percent), but Madison was not able to earn the majority of the votes cast, meaning he and Flores will go one-on-one in a month-and-a-half.

Karen Zimmerman-Gonzales, embattled by an arrest earlier in the week, finished with just 45 votes, or 11 percent of the total.

"I was hoping that I would have won it out right, but unfortunately it looks like I didn't do enough of my homework," Flores said. "I knew that Paul Madison was a worthy adversary. He had people out there backing him up, and I'm hoping that come off the runoff I have to take off my gloves and do everything I can."

Madison is seeking to regain the seat he held for five years before a failed bid to become a Brazos County commissioner. Flores has been unsuccessful in previous local election bids.

In the race to fill the final year left in SMD 4, former Bryan Mayor Lloyd Joyce and local businesswoman Ann Horton will meet again on June 23. Joyce won the most votes with 742 (39 percent), but did not earn a majority, as Horton earned 662 votes (34 percent).

Council hopeful Flynn Adcock fell short in his bid, ending up with 520 votes, or 27 percent.

"Nobody likes runoffs, but that's the system that we're in and we do need a majority because not a lot of people vote," Joyce said. "Certainly we do need to have a majority of those people as to who they would like to serve."

"I'm very excited to be in the runoff," Horton said. "You know, this is the first time I've ever run for office, so this is a thrill to do this well."

Al Saenz was alone in his bid for the open SMD 1 seat. He and Conlee will be sworn in to their new positions later this month.