Haight, Garrison win Deer Park council races

May 5, 2019

T.J. Haight will fill Deer Park City Council’s Position 2 while Position 1 incumbent Sherry Garrison will serve another term after both defeated opponents in the May 4 election.

In unofficial results, Garrison had 660 votes compared with 252 for James Warren Stokes, who is not related to Deer Park’s city manager, James Stokes.

With the departure of longtime Position 2 councilman Thane Harrison, T.J. Haight and Carol Castorena-Greer vied to fill the seat. Haight received 665 votes to 269 for Castorena-Greer.

Harrison has served in the Position 2 seat for 14 years, and cited health issues and wanting to spend time with family as the main factors in his not seeking an eighth term.

Mayor Jerry Mouton and Position 3 City Councilman Tommy Ginn ran unopposed.

Garrison, a retired teacher with La Porte Independent School District, has lived in Deer Park for more than 40 years and is a member of Deer Park’s historical society and on the board of the city’s crime and prevention department. Garrison was appointed to council in 2011 to finish an unexpired term of her late husband, Charles Garrison.

City elections in Deer Park are scheduled every year for the first Saturday of May; contests for mayoral and council positions 1,2 and 3 occur in odd-numbered years and council positions 4,5, and 6 occur in even-numbered years. Terms of office in Deer Park are two years.