Paula Settle has prevailed in the Humble City Council election.
A recount of the 601 votes cast in the Humble City Council runoff election has verified that the original vote from the December 13 runoff did not change. Paula Settle received 301 votes while her opponent, Arliss Bentley received 300 votes.
Since the election was not overturned, there is no need to canvass the results again, according to Humble City Secretary Jenny Page.
The Position 4 election has been quite a journey for Settle and Bentley and demonstrates that every vote really does count. In the final count, just one vote separates the two candidates. Fewer than eight percent of the City of Humble’s registered voters cast ballots in the December 12 runoff election, according to statistics provided by Page.
The City has 7,752 registered voters, according to Page. There were 601 total votes cast which included absentee votes, early votes, and election day votes, representing just 7.75 percent of all registered voters.
This is the second time that Humble city voters have gone to the polls to select a council member for Place 4, the position held by Allen Steagall who chose not to run.
Three candidates originally vied for Steagall’s position – Bruce Davidson, Paula Settle and Arliss Bentley but the May 2 election was delayed when Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation in response to COVID-19 allowing the May 2 city election to be moved to November 3.
Results of the November 3 election were Arliss Bentley 42.69 percent of total votes, Bruce Davidson, 27.45 percent of total votes, and Paula Settle, 29,83 percent of total votes cast.
None of the three candidates received more than 50 percent of the total vote on November 3 requiring a runoff election on December 12 between Arliss Bentley and Paula Settle, the two candidates with the most votes. After the runoff election and prior to counting the mail, provisional and military overseas ballots, just two votes separated Settle and Bentley with Settle receiving 291 votes and Bentley receiving 289 votes.
After a canvass of the December 12 runoff election, candidate Bentley paid a deposit and filed a petition for recount which was conducted on December 22 at NRG Arena by the Harris County Election Administrator and confirmed the December 12 results.
There are six places on the Humble City Council, each serving two-year terms with no term limits. The next election is set for May 1, 2021. Positions up for election are Mayor, currently held by Merle Aaron Sr.; Place 1, currently held by Andy Curry; and Place 2, currently held by Charles Cunningham.
Humble’s newest city council person, Paula Settle, has lived in Humble since 1967. She is a graduate of Humble High School. For the last 22 years, she has overseen the daily operations of Humble Machine Works, begun in 1974 by her father, Howell Bethune.
She is a member of the Humble Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and a graduate of the Humble Police Academy Association and the Humble Citizens on Patrol.
In an earlier interview with The Tribune, Settle said her three top priorities were adequate police and fire protection, address the drainage problem and fix it, and beautify Humble with more flora and tress lost due to growth.
“I want to thank everyone who got out and voted in the runoff election, also my family and friends who worked on my campaign,” Settle told The Tribune. “It was an honor to run against Arliss Bentley, a respected member of our community,
I hope to make Humble proud.”
“We were fortunate to have three excellent candidates for Place 5 who care deeply for our City and our citizens,” Humble Mayor Merle Aaron told The Tribune. “It is time now to continue to focus on the needs and concerns of our City and our citizens.”