Norman Funderburk of Humble has announced his candidacy for the position of mayor of the City of Humble in the election set for May 1, 2021.
“I believe that my track record of service in the community speaks to the level of pride, dedication and commitment that I have for the city I love and for its citizens. I have a servant’s heart and want to have a positive impact and make a difference for our community,” Funderburk said in launching his campaign.
Funderburk was first elected to Humble City Council in 2014, re-elected in 2016, 2018 and 2020, and was serving in his fourth term at the time he stepped down to run for mayor.
Before resigning, Funderburk served as mayor pro-tem since May 2016 and was the City of Humble’s representative to H-GAC (Houston-Galveston Area Council), the regional organization comprised of representatives of the 14-county service region.
“I have chosen to run because I want to continue our efforts to create “exceptionalism” within the City of Humble, making it a place where people will want to live, work and play and be proud to be from. My focus, priority and commitment to our residents and community will be:
Quality of life/ safety and security: protecting neighborhood integrity, delivery of excellence in all core services, police and fire departments, and continued strong focus on drainage and flood mitigation efforts.
Fiscal responsibility: applying conservative values in budget development and oversight and being responsible stewards of taxpayer funds
Sustainability: proactively planning for the city’s future, updating infrastructure, building codes, design standards, etc.
“I would also continue to pursue redevelopment opportunities, reinvest in our downtown area and create an atmosphere within the city that will attract more retail, more restaurants, and more grocery options,” Funderburk said. “Our businesses are vital to the city so it’s my desire that they feel supported and ultimately be successful.”
Funderburk, a Houston native and resident of Humble since 1971, is a graduate of Humble High School. He attended Texas A&M University and the University of Houston as an engineering major.
Funderburk is married to Kathy Williams Funderburk, a native of Humble and graduate of Humble High School. Their son, Cagney, also is a graduate of Humble High School and is baseball coach at Aldine Davis High School. Daughter-in-law Michelle Funderburk is head volleyball coach at Humble High School.
Funderburk is the 2014 recipient of the Partnership Lake Houston Dr. Haden McKay Citizen of the Year award; 2015 honoree of the Northeast Hospital Foundation “In the Pink of Health” luncheon; Humble ISD Education Foundation 2018 Distinguished Alumni; 2019 Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas Community Builder Award recipient; and was inducted into the Humble High School Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Funderburk is a deacon of United City Church (formerly Humble Area’s First Baptist Church). He is an alumnus of the Humble Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.
Funderburk has 42 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. He retired in 2016 as vice president of project services for Koch Specialty Plant Services, a global leader in turnaround and specialty mechanical services for the refining and petrochemical industries. Funderburk spent 30 years with Koch where he oversaw project management, engineering, quality assurance and quality control, purchasing, planning and project cost controls. Prior to Koch, Funderburk spent 12 years with Brown & Root USA in the PetroChem Construction group.
Funderburk served for 15 years (1999-2014) as a trustee to the Northeast Hospital Authority, was authority vice-president and member of the finance committee. Previous roles included chairman of the Quality Committee and investment officer. He also served as president of the Northeast Hospital Foundation.
“My work experience, combined with 21 years of service in the community and with the Northeast Hospital Authority, has prepared me to serve the citizens of Humble in this role as their mayor,” Funderburk said. “It is my strong desire and intent to continue the good work that's being done, maintain that momentum with a continued focus on accommodating expected growth and meet future demands by addressing infrastructure needs, enhancement of revenue streams and improving mobility where possible.”
“As a member of the Humble City Council, I have witnessed how Mayor Merle Aaron has provided outstanding leadership during his six years as mayor and we are indebted to him for his years of service as councilman and mayor,” Funderburk said. “Mayor Aaron showed tremendous leadership when the City faced difficult challenges after Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19. We are grateful for his being our comforter-in-chief. Because of his leadership, we now are more secure because of investments made in our core services, specifically police and fire departments, and infrastructure improvements. We have secured long-term financial security through the extension of the METRO agreement to 2040.
“It is important that we have a smooth transition and, if elected, I will strive for continuity, stability and sustainability in all that we do. Being mayor pro-tem for the last several years has prepared me for the role," Funderburk said.
Funderburk has been endorsed by a number of former and current elected officials as well as leaders in the health care, law enforcement and business community. They include former Congressman Ted Poe; Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle; City of Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin; County Commissioner Tom Ramsey; State Representative Dan Huberty; Lone Star College Trustee Mike Sullivan; Former U.S. Congressman Jack Fields; Former Humble ISD Trustee Lynn Fields; Humble ISD Athletic Director Troy Kite; Heath Rushing, Noel Cardenas, Justin Kendrick and Nikki Roux, all with Memorial Hermann Health Care System; Northeast Hospital Foundation President Roy Hearnsberger; Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, former City of Humble police chiefs Delbert Dawes, Gary Warman and Jack Theis; former City of Humble Fire Chief Gary Outlaw and area business individuals Jess Fields (Rosewood Funeral Home), Bill Robbins and family (Robbins Chevrolet and Nissan), Helen A. Goss Smith and Greg Smith (Helen’s Flower Shop), and Teresa Miranda (Dos Gallos).
Lynette Calfee, longtime Humble educator, community volunteer and business leader, is campaign treasurer.
From Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle
“I proudly endorse Norman Funderburk for Mayor of the City of Humble. Norman, a committed conservative, possesses the leadership, dedication and vision the City of Humble needs to carry on the great work of our current and preceding mayors.”
From City of Houston Mayor Pro Tem Martin:
“Norman Funderburk is the spirit of Humble, pun intended. Norman is a family man with strong family values and belief in true public service. He grew up in the City of Humble, raised his family and has seen Humble through some of the hardest times. He was a steady hand throughout the most recent natural disaster, Hurricane Harvey, and continues to show his commitment to the City of Humble while helping navigate through this global pandemic as a City Councilman. Norman is not afraid of a challenge and is a fantastic partner with local, state, and federal leaders. He is not afraid of hard work and is always ready to roll up his sleeves eager to hash out ideas to reach a solution. If I were a resident of Humble, I could not think of a better candidate for Mayor. He has all my support and well wishes on the campaign trail.”