By Gloria Roemer
Several local branches of government will have new fresh faces as a result of the November 3rd election. And interestingly, none of these individuals have ever held elective office.
Chambers County Commissioners Court: Tommy Hammond of Mont Belvieu defeated long time incumbent Gary Nelson for Chambers County Commissioner Pct.3 in the GOP primary this past March. Hammond was not challenged by a Democrat in the general election and won by default.
East Chambers Independent School District (ECISD): ECISD will have two new board members on its board of seven trustees. Frank Abalos and Kelly Touchet both ran unopposed for their seats. Incumbent Taylor Wilcox defeated challenger Patrick Denton to keep his seat.
Trinity Bay Conservation District (TBCD): The TBCD Board of Directors races were the most contentious races in east Chambers County. Challenger Mark Mitchell defeated incumbent Cody Bauer in District 2. This summer Bauer was unanimously appointed by the TBCD Board to replace Board President Mike Winzer who unexpectedly passed in March. Incumbent Greg Turner defeated challenger Loretta Emmons in District 4, and longtime incumbent Dorothy Hamilton was defeated by challenger Scott Kahla for District 5.
The City of Anahuac has a new mayor. Charlie Henry, former city councilman, ran unopposed for the seat. Council seat for Position 4 was won by Deidre Crews who was unopposed. Nathan Trahan defeated Danny Thompson for Position 5.