Candidates kick off campaign

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Four candidates vying for two Sealy City Council seats faced off during an April 18 forum at Saddleback Saloon.

Place 5 Incumbent Larry Koy said he’s running again to deal with some “unfinished business” regarding utilities and drainage.

“I want to push through some plans for drainage and make sure they get put on the bid list,” he said. “I enjoy being on city council, participating in the governmental issues that take place. You have to be on your toes all the time.”

He added that there are “lots of good things going on in Sealy,” and he’d like to continue working on them. He said he wants to bring new companies to town so local residents don’t have to travel to Katy or beyond.

Place 4 incumbent Jennifer Sullivan said she, too, wants to see some projects through to fruition.

“Three main projects I would like to see accomplished over the next year under the utilities umbrella are rehabilitating the water tower on Rexville Road, adding utilities to annexed homes on Highway 36 North and redoing water lines,” she said.

Mischelle McCarthy is challenging Koy for the Place 5 seat. She said that while roads were a priority a couple of years ago, drainage is now the talk of the town.

“I was always taught as a child if you want to make a true impact, you have to start where you live,” McCarthy said. “I love where I live and I want to make an impact.”

Diane Wuthrich, who is up against Sullivan for the Place 4 seat, touted her abilities as a grant writer.

“Currently we have a problem with the money that is in the till,” she said.

Wuthrich added that she’d like to work with the Texas Department of Transportation about reconfiguring traffic lights on Highway 36.

The candidates also discussed how they go about conducting research before making a decision, priotirizing projects and planning for future growth in Sealy.

Early voting continues through the end of the week. The election is set for May 5.

A full broadcast of the forum can be found on The Sealy News’ Facebook page.

The following candidates are listed on the ballot:

• Chris Noack, Place 2 incumbent. Noack, a 27-year-old software developer, is running unopposed.

• Jennifer Sullivan, Place 4 incumbent. Sullivan, 45, is a machine shop owner.

• Diane Wuthrich, Place 4. Wuthrich, 58, is a retired teacher.

• Larry Koy, Place 5 incumbent. Koy, 74, is retired.

• Mischelle McCarthy, Place 5. McCarthy, 43, is self-employed.

The election is set for May 5.

City council seats are nonpartisan and officials are elected to three-year terms. A council member cannot serve more than three consecutive three-year terms.

To qualify for office, the mayor and each council member must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Sealy, have resided in the city for at least 12 months immediately preceding Election Day and be a qualified voter.

City council members are paid $3,300 annually, and the mayor takes home $5,400 each year.

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