Robin Elackatt Elected Mayor Of Missouri City In Texas

Missouri City residents have chosen a new mayor in the runoff election this week. Robin Elackatt defeated incumbent Mayor Yolanda Ford by a 5 percentage point margin. Robin Elackatt, who may be the first candidate of Asian heritage, ever elected mayor in the Houston area, defeated incumbent Yolando Ford during a Saturday runoff election.

Robin Elackatt is the new mayor of Missouri City. With all five voting centers reporting results, Elackatt received 5,622 votes, or 52.51%, and will become Missouri City’s next mayor. Incumbent Mayor Yolanda Ford finished with 5,085 votes, or 47.49%.

Missouri City also elected new city councilmember Lynn Clouser, upsetting the status quo by defeating incumbent Chris Preston. Clouser trounced Preston by getting 60 percent of the votes.

The election results in Missouri City is pretty significant and highly consequential. Ford, a former city council member, defeated long-time mayor, Allen Owen, two years ago and presided over a 4-3 split council.

The defeat of Ford carries another message. The Fort Bend County Democratic Party leadership officially endorsed these two candidates as their nominees, though city council races are non-partisan. Obviously, the party lost because a sizeable section of Democrats in Missouri City refused to share the party’s endorsement.

Missouri City’s incoming mayor says he’s looking forward to uniting the city — and its city council — when he takes office next week. “I’m not going to look at this job as just me, one person alone. No, we got six other city council members. We share the problems together and we can fix them together,” said Elackatt, 48.
He thinks the period between the Nov. 3 election and the runoff on Saturday gave voters a chance to become more familiar with him. Elackatt’s victory reflects the increasing diversity of Fort Bend County, which has large Black, Latino and Asian communities. County voters in 2018 elected Democrat KP George, who was born in southern India, as county judge — the county’s top elected post.

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