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Candidate NameOffice SoughtApplicationPetitionFinancial Public Disclosure Statement
Sally Harris Branson
Position 2viewview
Joe Matranga
Position 5viewviewview
Adam Hill
Position 5
Sally Harris Branson P2

Name: Sally Harris Branson                           

 Address: Friendswood, TX 77546

Home: N/A
Office: N/A  

Occupation: Financial Advisor

Years in City: 48 Years 2 Months


Sally is a lifelong Friendswoodian. After graduating from Friendswood High School in 1976 she briefly moved away to attend The University of Texas at Austin receiving her BBA. She returned to Friendswood where she met and married her husband of 31 years, Jon. They raised 3 children, all of whom graduated from Friendswood High School. She is now the proud grandmother of 3 grandchildren currently making their way through the Friendswood school system as Sally and her children did.

She began her career at NASA Johnson Space Center in the Chief Financial Officers Directorate in 1989, prior to joining the Financial Services Industry in 2000. Unsurprisingly, Sally chose downtown Friendswood as the location for her business that she now owns and manages with her 2 sons.


Joseph Matranga

Name:  Joe Matranga                                

Address: Friendswood, TX 77546

Home: N/A
Office: N/A

Occupation: Retired

Years in City: 31 Years 7 Months 


Joe moved to Friendswood in 1971.  He graduated from Friendswood High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University.  Joe and his wife, Paula, raised two daughters who graduated from Friendswood High School and continued their education with one graduating from Texas A&M University and the other from The University of Texas at Austin.

Joe worked 39 years for Occidental Petroleum, a Houston based oil & gas company. He held a variety of positions in plant operations and power plant design, construction and operations. As a Senior Vice President he led Occidental’s power business, with over $1B in assets, that included responsibility for all of the company’s electricity generation, procurement and marketing in North America before retiring in 2019.

Joe began serving on the City of Friendswood ‘s Planning and Zoning Commission in 2017 and was the Commission’s Chairman from 2018 thru 2022.  He served on the board of Friendswood Animal Advocates from 2019 to 2022 and continues to volunteer at Friendswood Animal Control.  Joe joined the board of Friendswood’s West Ranch Management District in 2021 and serves as a Director representing the residents of West Ranch and the citizens of Friendswood.


Adam Hill

Name:  Adam Hill

Address:  917 Sunset Drive                                     Friendswood, TX 77546

Home: N/A
Office: (281) 482-3034

Occupation: Home Builder

Years in City:  49 Years 11 Months 


John “Adam” Hill is a lifelong resident of Friendswood.  He graduated from Friendswood High School in 1991, attended Alvin Community College, and then University of Houston Clear Lake.  Adam has two FHS graduate children. His son, John “Austin” (22), will graduate from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University with his master’s degree this Spring. His daughter, Avery Lynn (19), who also attends Texas A&M University, will graduate in Spring 2024.  He is married to Kimberly Hill, who also has two FHS graduate sons.  Her oldest, Jake Johnstone (23), graduates with his master’s degree from Texas A&M University at Galveston this Spring. Her youngest, Luke Johnstone (19) will graduate from Texas A&M University in Spring 2027.  

Adam started building homes in Friendswood in 1994 which led to the formation of Sterling Builders in August of 1997. Through his tenure in the home building industry, he gained a unique perspective on the families who move to Friendswood. He found that the custom home world opened the ideas and dreams to the residents of Friendswood.  He has built for families who moved here, stayed here, or moved back here. He found Friendswood’s education system and the City’s commitment to personal safety were the common denominator in the families’ reasons for calling Friendswood home. Adam is proud to be a part of the continuity of Friendswood’s proven core values.

Adam has worked with all departments of the city and Galveston County for the last 29 years and will continue to do so for years to come. He knows firsthand commercial and residential developments in Friendswood require innovation and evolution as times change and the City evolves.  Adam is passionate about his ability to work for all citizens to preserve the ‘hometown spirit’ of Friendswood.   

Adam possesses the tenure, knowledge, experience, and dedication to preserve the values to gravitate people to live in Friendswood.  He looks forward to serving as your Councilman and giving back to the Citizens and the City that has given so much to him and his family.