GOVERNMENT • • • • • • • • • • • • • •FROM BELLAIRE
They’re off and
running in Bellaire
councilmembers, both elected in 2017.
All races are city-wide.
Those interested in running have until 5
p.m. Aug. 19 to file by visiting City Clerk
Tracy Dutton on the first floor of City
Hall, 7008 S. Rice Ave., weekdays from 8
Candidates must be 21 at the time they
would take office next January, be a
registered voter and U.S. citizen, and
have lived in Bellaire for 12 months
immediately prior to the filing deadline
for the election.
A briefing notebook is provided upon
filing, and Bellaire city staff will conduct
a candidate orientation — tentatively set
for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 — that will include a
tour of city facilities and a question-andanswer
All those declaring early or considering
a run, except Riquelmy, shared their
FRIEDBERG: “I’m running for a
third term because I believe in Bellaire.
Over the past four years we’ve had our
share of challenges, and we’re working
through them toward an even brighter
lead and are
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off to a fast start,
with five candidates
filing on the first day
on July 22, the guarantee of at least one
contested race, and the potential for a
battle for mayor.
The mayor’s job and three City Council
seats are up for grabs on Nov. 5, and
the three incumbents who can run for
re-election — Mayor Andrew Friedberg
and Councilmembers Trisha Pollard
and David Montague — jumped in.
Councilmember Pat McLaughlan is
term-limited, and Win Frazier and Kevin
Newman submitted their paperwork to
run for his seat.
Former City Councilmember Roman
Reed tells Essentials he is considering
a run for mayor against Friedberg.
Perennial candidate Robert Riquelmy is
also expected to file.
Friedberg, an attorney, has served two
terms as mayor after six years on City
Council and previous service on the
Planning & Zoning Commission.
Reed was elected to council in 2011
and served through the 2017 election,
when he was term-limited. He works in
investments and financial management.
Newman is an entrepreneur and member
of the board governing Bellaire seniors
activities who is taking another run at a
council seat, while Frazier, an attorney,
has served as a Planning & Zoning
commissioner and president of the
Patrons for Bellaire Parks.
Pollard, an attorney, and Montague, a
retired petroleum engineer, are first-term
are happening throughout the city. I’m
excited and honored to be a part of it and
look forward to continuing my service.”
REED: “…the continued encouragement
and support that have been expressed
to me over the last few months affirms
that more likely than not there is a much
for a leadership
change by the
need a more
plan with a short
the long term
risking continued flooding.” Reed
also emphasized “quality of life needs
of safety, security and public works;
supports an additional property tax
reduction for seniors “who are the heart
and soul of our city,” and says council
must be more supportive in allowing city
staff to use their expertise and “do their
POLLARD: “…even though we have
accomplished a lot in the last 4 years,
I believe the city of Bellaire is still in
and I want to
continue at the
proud of my