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Application period for candidates in MUD elections now open

January 20,2018 22:19

Applications to run for positions on a number of area Municipal Utility District boards that serve The Woodlands are now being accepted. As of Friday, Jan. 19, a dozen applications had been filed, local officials confirmed. With elections for the MUD ...and more »


By John S. Marshall, jmarshall@hcnonline.com

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Applications to run for positions on a number of Municipal Utility District boards that serve The Woodlands are being accepted. The election will be held on May 5.
Applications to run for positions on a number of Municipal Utility District boards that serve The Woodlands are being accepted. The election will be held on May 5.
Photo: Jason Fochtman, Staff Photographer

Application period for candidates in MUD elections now open
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Applications to run for positions on a number of area Municipal Utility District boards that serve The Woodlands are now being accepted. As of Friday, Jan. 19, a dozen applications had been filed, local officials confirmed.
With elections for the MUD boards set for May 5, the application process opened up on Jan. 17. The Woodlands MUD No. 1, Montgomery County MUDs 6, 7, 36, 39, 46, 47, 60 and 67 all have seats up for election. Also up for election are seats on Harris-Montgomery Counties MUD 386, which includes among its responsibilities drainage in the Village of Creekside Park area, an area where more than 300 homes were flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
For the MUDs in The Woodlands,there were 24 positions up for grabs, according to Election Judge Sherry Pizzitola.
Late Friday, Jan. 19, Pizzitola said nine applications had been received so far to run for those spots, though, as Pizzitola noted, the application process had only been opened for two days. Of those nine applications, all were from incumbents, with no challengers having filed election paperwork by Friday, Pizzitola said. Some of the MUDs have two seats open, while others have three.
As for MUD 386, there were two open positions to serve on its five-member board, with three applications filed by Friday.
A grass roots organization called Stop The Flooding in MUD 386, which was formed after the torrential downpours from Harvey flooded homes in the area, hopes to have two candidates run for the open positions, according to a spokesman for the group, Stanley Okazaki.
"We just feel it's better to get some our people on the board to really make sure that things get done," Okazaki said.
By Friday, the two candidates had not been determined, he said. The group held an election planning meeting in early January where attendees learned about how to file election papers, got tips on effective campaigning and discussed other issues related to the flooding in their neighborhood that left more than 300 homes inundated with flood waters.
Anyone interested in running for a MUD seat has until Feb. 16 to file election paperwork. The election is set to be held on May 5, with early voting beginning April 23 and running through May 1. Applications can be picked up at 2455 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, or downloaded at wjpa.org.

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