Humble City Council opens elections
- Written by LUISA HART
Humble City Council opens elections Humble resident first to run against Andy Curry, Position 2 Howard Mittag was late getting his application to run for a position on Humble City Council last time around, so this time he made sure to throw his hat in the ring early. so far, he is second to Andy Curry, who is seeking re-election, for Humble City Council Position 2. Official filing began on Feb. 12 and ends March 12. Mittag has previously run for Position 1 and 2 and looks forward to his latest campaign. “I've always had a lot of interest in the city,” he said. “Humble has a lot of fine people and I'd love to represent them.” Mittag, a 1960 graduate of Humble High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963 and a Master of Education in 1966 from Sam Houston State University. He retired in 1996, after teaching agricultural science for 33 years at Furr High School in the Houston Independent School District. He married Sharon Brady in 1975 and they have eight children and 16 grandchildren. “We are very proud of our family,” he said. One of their sons recently served in Iraq and may be deployed to Afghanistan. Among his list of goals for the city of Humble are a better working relationship with Harris County. “I would like to see the traffic condition on Will Clayton Parkway improve,” he said. “I would like for the city of Humble to work cooperatively with them and make things better for Humble.” Mittag wants to work with the city of Houston to dredge Lake Houston to facilitate drainage and make the lake a more desirable recreational area. “I realize (the city of) Humble doesn't have a lot of control, but I think it would make a fine recreational spot and I'm willing to work with them on that. Progress is inevitable. An improved lake is an improved Humble.” Mittag is a member of several community groups, including Humble Lions Club, Humble Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsor of several events, including Humble Good Oil Days, boy Scouts Chili Cook-off, Police Officers Assocation Golf Tournament, Humble Thanksgiving Feast and the Humble Education Foundation, to name a few. He is also a member of the Humble Citizen's Police Academy alumni, a group he is proud to represent. “I have a great deal of admiration and respect for those officers,” he said. “I had appreciation for them before, but now more so.” Mittag wants to see that city employees are given more recognition and compensation. “They play a vital role in this community.” Elections will be held on May 12 at Humble City Hall, 114 West Higgins. Polls will be open beginning at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Early voting will be held April 30 through May 4, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., except on May 7 and 8, when early voting will be held at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The positions open this term are Mayor, Position 1 and Position 2, currently held by Mayor Donald McMannes, Councilman Bill Conner (Position 1) and Councilman Andy Curry (Position 2); all plan to seek re-election. For more information, call 281-446-3061.