Voters to decide council seats Saturday

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Sealy residents will choose two city council members in an election Saturday; a third did not draw an opponent.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the W.E. Hill Community Center, 1000 Main St. Early voting closed last week.

Check The Sealy News website and Facebook page for election results that will be provided as soon as they’re made available Saturday.

On the ballot are:

• 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.

At a candidate forum last week, in which Noack opted to give his time to the candidates in contested races, the panel discussed issues ranging from drainage to development.

Sullivan touted her experience as an incumbent council member, former city employee and small business owner.

“My goal is to run the city like a business,” she said. “I consider myself a fiscal conservative with an emphasis on infrastructure for our community.”

Koy said he recently retired from AT&T with 35 years of service and has lived in Sealy all his life.

“We enjoy the city/country living that Sealy has to offer,” he said. “The reason I’m running is unfinished business I would like to complete. Most of that falls under infrastructure, drainage, water, sewer and gas … We want to keep the younger generation in Sealy.”

McCarthy said is important to her that young people be able to return to Sealy and make a decent living.

“Sealy is growing, whether you want it to or not,” she said. “We must educate and prepare ourselves for how it’s going to impact our daily lives. The reason why I want to join council is I want to make a difference.”

Wuthrich said she has lived in Sealy for 38 years and said she wants to help recruit more development and activities to the area.

“I want to be part of the solution in Sealy,” she said. “We are going to grow. My hope is I can help Sealy maintain the small-town comfort that it wants while helping to bridge the infrastructure and the growth that is coming.”

Candidate forums can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/acnewsonline.

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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