Humble city voters have two significant decisions to make on May 1 that will shape their city for at least the next two years. Who will be the new mayor? Who will fill Place 1 and Place 2 on the Humble City Council?

Norman Funderburk and Arliss Ann Bentley have filed for mayor. Incumbent Charles “Andy” Curry and Eric Lacy filed for Place 1. Linda Greenan and incumbent Charles Cunningham filed for Place 2 on the Humble City Council.

The election is set for May 1.

There are six places on the Humble City Council, each serving two-year terms with no term limits. The current council includes Mayor Merle Aaron who is not seeking election, Curry and Cunningham who are both seeking reelection, and Paula Settle, David Ray Pierce and Bruce Davidson who are not up for reelection.

-  First of three articles featuring Humble City Council candidates -

Place 1

Charles “Andy” Curry

Known as Andy, Charles “Andy” Curry moved with his family to Humble in 1952. He is a 1964 graduate of the original Charles Bender High School. After serving four years in the United States Air Force, Curry earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration with a major in accounting and minor in computer science, both from Texas State University.

Curry retired from the Humble Independent School District after 28 years serving in the business and computer services departments. He currently provides contract computer programming and database management for several school districts.

Andy and wife, Naomi, have been married for almost 30 years. They have four children, 11 grandchildren and two great grandsons. When he is not at City Hall, Curry enjoys antiquing and traveling. They look forward to resuming “cruising” soon.

Do you/have you attended City Council meetings in the past?

I was first elected to the city council in 1999 and served until 2011. After a two-year absence, I ran again in 2013 and have served on the council ever since.

How/why did you become interested in this position?

Having been a resident of Humble most of my life, I have enjoyed seeing the city grow from a small town to a small city. We have great potential, and I wanted to be active in the growth of my city. When I heard there was going to be a vacant cposition on the Council, I decided to run.

Is there someone/role model you look up to?

I have great respect for the past three mayors, Haden E. McKay Jr., Wilson Archer and Donnie McMannes, and the current mayor, Merle Aaron, for the time and dedication they have devoted to the city. Their leadership made Humble the city that it is today. They inspire me to continue their legacy.

Name one good thing about living in Humble.

I can name two. We have got a small-town atmosphere that I love and we know how to take care of our seniors.

Name your top priorities.

  1. Maintaining our police, fire, and EMS departments, ensuring that they have the necessary supplies and support they need.

  2. Continue working on our storm drainage and infrastructure that our citizens expect.

What qualifications do you bring to this position?

In my 28 years with Humble ISD, I gained valuable experience working with the budget and financial operations of a governmental entity. Now, having served the citizens of Humble for 18 years, I have extensive knowledge in the financial and budgetary functions of Humble.

What has prepared you for this position?

My past work experience and education along with my experience on the council have given me a unique view of what our city requires.

Eric Lacy

Eric Lacy has lived in the Humble area since 2004. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Houston Baptist University and is a certified John Maxwell Leadership trainer. His work career has centered on service to children, spending13 years as a public school teacher and currently is founder and owner of True Love Childcare in Humble and founder and pastor of True Love Church.

Lacy is a past president of Humble High School Parent Teacher Student Association, board member of the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, member of LOVING Houston, an ambassador for Partnership Lake Houston, graduate of Leadership Lake Houston Class 6, member of Humble United Church and a member of the leadership team for the Union Baptist Association of Houston.

He and wife, Chantine, have been married for more than 20 years. They have four children and five grandchildren. His favorite nonwork activity is going to church Sundays at True Love Christian Church and bicycle riding with his family.

Do you/have you attended City Council meetings in the past?

I have attended meetings in the past year and have led the prayer before the meeting.

How/why did you become interested in this position?

I have several reasons but two are first, having served around Humble for a few years, I noticed last year that a need existed to bring people together, so we sponsored a Unity Walk with at least 15 local churches represented. Second, I want bring resolution to the flooding issue in Humble as my home was close to being flooded. John Maxwell says everything rises and falls on leadership and I am looking to help Humble rise.

Is there someone/role model you look up to?

I have several people that I look up to and hold in high regard but the one who means most to me is Jesus. My life is lived to model his sacrifice for me. My father, Pastor Donald Lacy, is my number one role model. His model of loving his family and the people around him has shaped who I am today.

Name one good thing about living in Humble.

I grew up in the small town of Palestine, Texas, so I value the small town feel of Humble. I love the friendly people who have become like family to me. It is a great place to call home.

Name something you would like to change in Humble.

I would love to see the city have more community support and become a small city that models opportunity. Opportunities to allow local small businesses to thrive in the city again. Small businesses (aka mom and pop shops) are the bedrock to a balanced and growing community.

Name your top priorities.

1. Bring people together by inviting citizens to play an active role in city government. I would love to add a diversity committee.

2. Ensure the flooding issues are taken care of so we do not have to go through another Hurricane Harvey incident.

3. Grow our local economy by working with other council members to create an inviting local economy.

What qualifications do you bring to this position?

I am a visionary working hard to make the future a reality today. As a pastor, I work with all types of people from all walks of life. That pastoral experience will allow me to hear and deliver the desires of the people of Humble. I am a doer. During Harvey I drove displaced people to shelters. During the freeze, I got people together to feed displaced people as well as helped them get hotel rooms. Currently I am working to feed people every day at the Township Apartments in Humble. My biggest gift to the city is I am a leader who looks for solutions and works tirelessly to implement them.

What has prepared you for this position?

I have 30 years of serving people professionally, having served in leadership positions for some time. I restarted the current PTSA at Humble High. I am a local entrepreneur as owner of True Love Childcare in Humble and founder of True Love Christian Church of Humble. All these positions trained me well in identifying problems and looking for solutions.

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Early voting is Monday, April 19 through Tuesday April 27, and Election Day is Saturday, May 1, at the Humble Civic Center. Additional early voting centers are open throughout Harris County. For a complete list, see harrisvotes.com.

The last day to register to vote is April 1. To find out if you are registered to vote, votetexas.gov.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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