Sealy elects council member

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Sealy native Chris Noack, a software developer for Houston-based Quanta Services, garnered more than 50 percent of the vote during a special election Saturday night for the Place 2 city council seat. 

The election – to replace Janice Whitehead, who resigned her Position 2 seat in a successful bid for mayor in May – was originally scheduled for Aug. 26 but was postponed as city officials scrambled to prepare for Hurricane Harvey. 

The election was rescheduled for Sept. 9. Noack faced off against former Councilwoman Theadra “Cookie” Curry, a retired counselor; Frank Lerma, a police officer and property manager; and Debra Luckett, an oil and gas executive.

"I want to thank everyone who came out to vote and supported me," Noack said Saturday night from a relative's home, where he was gathered with family and friends. "I'm so excited. I'm doing this for the people. I'm looking forward to working with everyone."

Due to the large number of candidates in the race, a runoff was expected and tentatively planned for Oct. 21. But because Noack secured more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff was not necessary, said City Secretary Dayl Cook.

Noack is a graduate of Sealy High School and Sam Houston State University.

“As soon as I graduated, I moved back,” he said. “There is something about the small-town life, even if Sealy isn’t so small anymore, that always brings people back … I care about Sealy’s future. This is my home.”

Noack was scheduled to be sworn in during the Sept. 12 Sealy City Council meeting after votes were canvassed and would take office immediately.

Results below, as reported by Sealy City Secretary Dayl Cooksey: 

  • Chris Noack - 144 votes
  • Frank Lerma - 65 votes
  • Debra Luckett - 55 votes
  • Theadra "Cookie" Curry - 22 votes

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