Voters returned three incumbents to the Humble ISD school board May 6 and chose one newcomer to replace a retiring member. The supposedly non-partisan race that became partisan is over, with all three Humble ISD Board of Trustees incumbents – Sitton, Conrad and Cunningham – keeping their seats.

The race became tension-filled during the early voting period, and the partisan political tactics used by candidates were noticed at the state level, getting mentions in both Texas Monthly and Breitbart Texas.

Approximately 5,200 people voted out of 116,000 eligible voters, meaning the decision regarding trustees was made by less than five percent of the voting population. Early voting was much higher, at about 3,241 votes, for a difference of 1,091 votes, or 51 percent higher, than in the 2015 race. About 500 votes were cast on the May 6 Election Day, slightly lower (three percent) than in 2015.

Election results are as follows:

Position 1:
Robert Sitton 2,975

Bob Rehak 1,979

Roli Cruz, who dropped out of the race the day after his name was put on the ballot, got less than 200 votes.

Position 3:
Angela Conrad 3,216

Christopher Herron 1,863

Position 4:
Charles Cunningham 3,178

Abby Whitmire 1,975

Position 5:
Position 5 was an open race; trustee Brent Engelage had earlier announced his retirement. Martina Lemond Dixon, who had previously run and lost in the last board race, had victory this time by closely aligning with incumbent candidates. Lohit Datta-Barua came in second.

Martina Dixon 2,368

Lohit Datta-Barua 1,186

Robert Panzarella 636

Clifford Crossett 373

Shawn Biazar 240

Edgar Clayton 110

Johnathan Prevot 106

 

The City of Humble also had a contested election; a city council seat was on the ballot.  Andy Curry easily retained  his Council Place 1 seat with 202 votes. Challenger Ross Adkins had 108 votes.

 

 

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Jacqueline Havelka
Author: Jacqueline HavelkaEmail: jhavelka@ourtribune.com
I am a rocket scientist turned writer. I worked at Lockheed Martin-Johnson Space Center for many years managing experiments on the Space Station and Shuttle, and I now own my own firm, Inform Scientific, specializing in technical and medical writing and research program management. I am a contributing correspondent to The Tribune, a Kingwood resident for 12 years, and proud mom to two Aggie sons.