The filing deadline to vie for a city council seat in November has passed.
With the candidates set, Baytown’s District 1 will be a rematch between two candidates for a third race in a row. Laura Alvarado, the incumbent for District 1, will again face challenger and former councilman Mercedes Renteria, who lost the seat to Alvarado in 2017. Renteria had served on council for 14 years before Alvarado defeated him in 2016. They first faced off against each other in 2013.
The District 1 race was a three-way contest, but candidate Michael Palmer said he is getting out of the race because of health issues.
District 1 includes the southern tip of Baytown where the Fred Hartman Bridge begins to take drivers to La Porte and Highway 225. It also includes the area just under Rollingbrook Drive to Highway 146 and the “State Streets.”
Both the District 2 and District 3 races are unopposed. Councilmen Chris Presley (District 2) and Charles Johnson (District 3) will return for another three-year term on council.
Presley, a Ross S. Sterling High School graduate, has been on council since 2013. His district includes most of Texas Avenue, Pelly, Wheatley Acres, and a lot of the Goose Creek area.
Johnson, also a Sterling graduate, first won his seat in 2016 after winning a runoff against Spencer Carnes. His district encompasses Lakewood, Craigmont, Ponderosa, Decker Terrace, Lantern Park, Ginger Creek, Country Club Cove, Country Club Manor, Kenwood Estates, Eastpoint subdivisions and San Jacinto Mall.
Early voting begins Oct. 21 and ends Nov. 1.
Super-polling places will be available on Election Day for the first time. Voters will have over 700 polling locations in Harris County where they can cast ballots.