Incumbents David Gray and Janice Bush kept their seats on the Early City Council for another two-year term.
In what city director Ken Thomas called a low voter turn out — 149 total votes — Gray and Bush got 105 and 106 votes respectively, more than triple the number of votes of their next closest challengers.
Norman E. Reich, who bid unsuccessfully for one of the two council seats got 22 votes, and Oscar Hurtado, got 32 votes.
The Early City Mayor, Robert Mangrum, was unopposed in the election and will also serve another two-year term. Mangrum got 109 votes.
Bush was appointed to the Early City Council a few months ago to fill the vacancy left by Mike Woods, and had said “after serving these last months I have enjoyed seeing the direction the City of Early is going and I am proud to be a part of it.”
And while Bush said she believed the city was moving in the right direction, “There are still many needs to address.
“We still have areas that flood and hopefully those will be taken care of soon. As any city grows there is an increase in needs,” Bush wrote for a pre-election statement for the Bulletin.
She cited, however, that “a new fire truck had purchased for the fire department. A drug dog has been a great addition to the police force. There is a lot of things in process and I would hope that with hard work and determination we can do the very best for Early.”
Saturday, in a telephone interview, Bush said she appreciated all the support she had received.
“I will just do the very best I can to serve the City of Early,” she said.
Bush and her husband Brent have lived in Early for 30 years and she is a former school board member.
David Gray was seated for his second consecutive term Saturday, and had served most of a term before, he said, when because of a temporary address change, he had gone off the council for about a year.
“I just appreciate the confidence the citizens who went to the polls to vote showed me,” Gray said. “I look forward to serving this term.”
“City government is an extremely complex business, a sizable business,” Gray wrote in his pre-election statement. “It takes awhile to understand how, why and when things are done and accomplishing those things while doing so in an open manner is not easy. The needs of our community are numerous and funds are limited, thus sound, informed and farsighted decisions must be made constantly to get the most for the least. An open, honest dialogue with our community is imperative to solving our drainage, recreational and overall quality-of-life issues.”
Gray said he grew up in Harris County, near Houston, but he and his wife had lived “in and out of Early since 1973.” He said he has been very involved in the Early Chamber of Commerce and numerous civic organizations.
“This was just something I wanted to do,” Gray said. “I am grateful to the citizens of Early.”