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City of Katy election results

May 5, 2019

UPDATED: 8:15 p.m.

The city of Katy will have a new mayor.

Former city police chief Bill Hastings was elected Saturday to Katy mayor with 59.5 percent of the vote, beating incumbent mayor Chuck Brawner, who was elected in 2017.

The two men have run in the same circles for 40 years, both former law enforcement officers.

Jenifer Jordan Stockdick beat out Steve Pierson for the Ward B seat with 53 percent of the vote, according to unofficial voting results.

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Five candidates are vying for positions on the Katy city council and mayoral seat, including three former law enforcement officers.

Former city of Katy police chief William “Bill” Hastings is going head-to-head with incumbent mayor Chuck Brawner, who is also a retired police chief. Brawner has been the city mayor since 2017.

Also running for top city official roles are Ward B candidates Steve Pierson and Jenifer Jordan Stockdick. Ward B incumbent Jimmy Mendez has served three consecutive two-year terms and under the city charter cannot seek re-election.

Pierson is a retired Harris County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, has served on City Council two prior times for a total of 12 years. Stockdick is on the city’s Convention and Tourism Bureau board and an alternate member of the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Ward A councilman Frank O. Carroll III is running unopposed to the seat he was appointed to in September.

Hastings retired from as the top cop in December and announced his candidacy for mayor in the same week.

“I’m just not ready to give up my service to the community,” Hastings said at the time. “I think that I can help the community to grow in positive ways.

On the same day, Brawner announced his re-election campaign.

“Serving Katy has been a distinct honor and I would be humbled to serve one more term to complete the work we have begun together,” Brawner said.

Early voting for candidates, which took place April 22 to April 26, had one the highest turn out for voters on record, according to Melissa “Missy” Bunch, city secretary.

“If 234 is not the largest turn-out for a first day of early voting, it is surely one of the highest turn-outs.” The early voting site in the city of Katy is the Cypress Room at Katy City Hall, 901 Ave. C.

In total from Monday through Wednesday, the in-person early voting total for the city of Katy was 674 votes, said Bunch. There are 11,041 registered voters in the city limits of Katy.

Polls close at 7 p.m. The city will announce the results on their website.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

michelle.iracheta@chron.com