On the blistery evening of Feb. 11, the Humble City Council approved a general joint election to be held May 1 for the purpose of electing a mayor and city council member places 1 and 2.

There are three contested positions, with six residents seeking the posts, two for the mayoral position and four for the council seats. The last day to file was Friday, Feb. 12.

Former Council Member Norman Funderburk will face Arliss Bentley for the mayor’s job. Funderburk, who served on City Council for almost seven years, resigned in mid-January shortly after current Mayor Merle Aaron announced he would retire and not seek re-election. Bentley, a retired educator, has run for office in Humble several times. 

Two council positions are up with incumbent Council Member Charles “Andy” Curry seeking reelection against candidate Eric Lacy (Place 1) and incumbent Council Member Charles Cunningham being challenged by Linda Greenan for Place 2.

The council made the decision not to appoint a replacement for Funderburk’s seat but instead to accept applications. Interested residents can apply through Feb.18. 

City Secretary Jenny Page said, “Further details can be found on the city elections site a www.cityofhumble.com/city-elections.html. Additionally, interested applicants may see me in-person or online for an application packet. The application packet contains all the necessary forms and instructions to declare candidacy.”  

Mayor Merle Aaron said, “This ordinance [Ordinance No. 21-892] also establishes early voting locations and polling places for this election and makes provisions for conducting the election.”

As the meeting continued, the council members entered an executive session to discuss economic development at Rustic Timbers Drive. No decision was made during this session.

Council Member David Pierce made several community announcements.

“On Feb. 20, the Fab 5 Beatles Tribute band will be hosting two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Finishing out February, The Bender will also host “A Night at the Ballet.” This event will include professional ballet dancers from the Vitacca Dance Project on Feb. 27, giving two choreographed shows at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.”

For details, times and tickets, see https://www.humblepac.com/upcoming-events.

“We have the HGCA Gun Show Feb. 13 and 14. In March, we have the Baytown Kennel Club Dog Show, followed by the Premier Gun Show Mar. 13 and 14 at the Humble Civic Center Arena and Complex,” added Pierce.

He concluded by saying, “The Humble Farmer’s Market will also now take place Mar. 14 at Schott Park and the Lake Houston Home and Garden Show is set for Mar. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets for the home and garden show are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and 12 and under are free.”

For additional details about the news and events at the Humble Civic Center, see https://www.humblecc.com/event-calendar


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