Don’t forget to vote in special city council election


I’ve been working for The Sealy News for a very short time – just three months – and I don’t think I’ve even come close to figuring this place out.

The residents definitely are engaged in their local government. They follow city council and school board meetings on our Facebook page and they hold their local elected officials to a high standard, as they should.

That’s why the Aug. 26 special election for a new Sealy City Council member is so important.

Candidates Frank Lerma, Theadra “Cookie” Curry, Debra Luckett and Christopher Noack have filed paperwork to compete for the Position 2 seat, vacated by Janice Whitehead when she made a successful bid for mayor.

The city of Sealy is poised for new growth and development. People move here because they don’t want to live in the big city of Houston, but they also want to have dining and entertainment options. They want to have a solid school district whose superintendent engages parents, teachers and the school board. They want to be able to count on basic services like trash pick-up and emergency response.

Sealy’s school district is phenomenal, and our public safety personnel work around the clock to serve and protect, as evidenced from the May 23 microburst storm.

Our city’s public works officials and “boots on the ground” rank and file city employees answer to a department director, who answers to the city manager, who answers to the city council.

In a special election where there’s nothing else on the ballot, there will likely be a low turnout, which is a shame, because this really does matter.

Get to know the candidates on the special election ballot.

Lerma is a police officer and the husband of Councilwoman Dee Anne Lerma. Noack is a software developer who has lived in Sealy his entire life. Curry is retired and has lived in Sealy for 62 years, and Luckett is a paraprofessional with Sealy ISD and has lived in the city for 17 years.

Looks like a pretty good slate to choose from; in fact, one potential candidate told me she didn’t file her paperwork because she felt so confident in those who had already pledged to run.

Sealy is at a turning point, and you, the residents, have a voice in the future. These elected decision-makers have a lot of power with regard to how taxpayer money is spent and which projects are prioritized. Don’t forget to register to vote and cast your ballot in the Aug. 26 election.

April Towery is a reporter for The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or



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