One proposition passes, another fails in Conroe ISD bond election; Woodlands Township and other results from Nov. 5 Joint Election

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Woodlands Township Position 7 Candidate Bob Milner, Woodlands Township Board Member Bruce Rieser, Woodlands Township Position 5 Candidate Shelly Sekula-Gibbs and Township Board Chair Gordy Bunch gathered at Escalante's Restaurant on Election Night.

Unofficial results for the election in Montgomery County show that Proposition A for the Conroe ISD bond election passed, but Proposition B did not pass. Election officials said 56 percent voted for A, which is $653.7 million bond that will fund new school construction as well as major renovations and additions to current schools. Proposition B, a $23.8 million referendum to install artificial turf at the district’s high schools, failed with 58 percent voting against it.

Unofficial results in Montgomery County for the Woodlands Township Board of Directors show that Shelly Sekula-Gibbs will be the new person serving in Position 5, after she got 49 percent of the vote, according to the Election’s Office. The Township Election is also voted on in a part of Harris County. Officials at the Woodlands Township report that the candidates don’t need to get 50 percent of the vote to win the election.

Sekula-Gibbs told Bluebonnet News there are several issues the Township faces.

“We want to make sure that we continue to bring in good jobs,” Sekula-Gibbs said. “We face the issue of losing Anadarko jobs if we’re not very solicitous to Occidental and keep the red carpet rolled out for them, letting them know what a wonderful place it is to live, work, worship and learn here in The Woodlands, so they’ll keep their headquarters here.”

Sekula-Gibbs said she is optimistic the corporation will see that The Woodlands is a “wonderful unique place of all the hometowns in the United States that they could be in.”

The Woodlands Township Board Position 5 Candidate Shelly Sekula-Gibbs talks to Township Board Candidate for Position 7 Bob Milner and Township Board Member Bruce Rieser at Escalante’s restaurant on election night.
Bob Milner, The Woodlands Township Board Candidate for Position 7, talks to supporters at Escalante’s restaurant on Election night.

Sekula-Gibbs said it’s also important for The Township to keep its sales and hotel taxes up, which means welcoming everyone to The Woodlands to come and enjoy themselves here.

Unofficial results show that Ann Snyder got 79 percent of the vote, to win re-election to Position 6, and Bob Milner received 46 percent of the vote to become the new person who will serve in Position 7 on the Board, according to the Election’s Office.

Milner told Bluebonnet News the biggest issue facing the Board is maintaining control of the community into the future.

“Let’s face it, incorporation is the biggest thing right now,” Milner said. “We’ll have the study (incorporation) finished in December, and we’ll begin then to formulate what the capital cost is and what the operating cost is, so that we can begin to present it to the residents after the first of the year. At the end of the day, it is up to the residents to decide; is the opportunity and the benefit worth the cost to incorporate? That’s what it’s about, as a Township Board Director, there are seven, and all they can do is make recommendations. I think they have structured this process in a way that is going to best represent the residents, and give the residents the best opportunity for their voice to be heard, and let them decide what it’s worth to them to have that control.”

For unofficial consolidated election results for The Woodlands Township Election, log onto:

http://thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11881/Unofficial-Election-Results

For unofficial results on all of the other items on the Montgomery County Joint Election ballot, log onto:

https://elections.mctx.org/electioninfo/eResultsMain.aspx

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