An Isbell victory is not certain but looks to still lean that way.
Riggs has picked up supporters and workers from the other candidates. Isbell has experience. I am not sure if Riggs main theme of being a full-time mayor cuts into the support Isbell gets from the police endorsement. Or if Harrison's mailers about Isbell raising taxes and business problems have hung around.
The one surprise in the race, Douglass's robo-called endorsement of Isbell to every Pasadena voter, was an unexpected blow to the Riggs campaign. There was an expectation that as acting mayor Douglass would stay out of the race. It appears that Jack Douglass just thought that experience counts. I think I would disagree but it is a reasonable argument.
Edge still to Isbell but turning out your voters for these low turnout local Texas elections is the key.
Early voting by personal appearance has already begun and will continue through Jan. 15.
Early voting only takes place at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. There will be extended hours for early voting on Jan. 14 and 15 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The deadline for receiving an application for mail ballot is 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
On Election Day, Jan. 19, polls will be open at their normal district polling locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For questions about voting, contact the City Secretary's office 713-475-5513.