2019 Lake Houston, Humble, Kingwood Voter Guide

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For the May 4 local election, Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood voters will choose between several contested races: two candidates in the race for mayor of Humble; four candidates in the race for Humble ISD board of trustees, Place 2; and two candidates in the race for Humble ISD board of trustees, Place 6.

Charles Curry, candidate for Humble City Council Place 1, and Glenn Redmon, candidate for Humble City Council Place 2, will also be on the May ballot; however, both races are uncontested and therefore not included in the questionnaires.

Important dates

First day of early voting: April 22
Last day to apply for ballot by mail: April 23
Last day of early voting: April 30
Election day: May 4

Click here for voting locations in the Lake Houston area.

*indicates incumbent

Mayor of Humble

Merle Aaron Sr.*

Hometown: Humble, Texas
Experience: owner of Aaron Mechanical from 1978-2000, served on Humble City Council from 2005-15, has been mayor since 2015
Top priorities: infrastructure, public safety, financial security, stability and sustainability

Arliss Bentley

Hometown: born in Nebraska, moved to Texas in 1969
Experience: Humble ISD teacher for 40 years, member of the Humble Beautification Committee for 10 years
Top priorities: greater diversity within city jobs and administration, attracting growth-oriented employers, traffic flow improvement, organizing development of city with zoning laws

Click here to read the full Q&A’s from the mayoral candidates.

Humble ISD board of trustees, Place 2

Janie Branham

Hometown: Humble, Texas
Experience: former teacher, principal, TV host, fundraiser, parental involvement specialist and business manager for Houston ISD
Top priorities: providing safe, effective and fiscally responsible schools through enhanced communication and expansive community partnerships with parents, educators, businesses and children
Phone: 281-961-1732
Website: www.facebook.com/janie.branham.5

Ryan Engolio

Hometown: Crosby, Texas, and moved to Humble, Texas, during high school
Experience: former college-level educator for North Harris Montgomery Community College District (now called Lone Star College), former department head, current engineering supervisor and department trainer at Superior Energy Services
Top priorities: to address student, parent, teacher and district needs in a timely and transparent manner

Nikki Roux

Hometown: Sour Lake, Texas
Experience: licensed attorney and registered nurse serving as vice president and chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann Northeast, serves on the Texas Nurses Association District 9 board, engaged in volunteer activities within the Lake Houston community
Top priorities: exceptional educational experiences, safe environments, accountability for outcomes and fiscal responsibility
Phone: 832-265-4439

Robert Scarfo

Hometown: Bradley Beach, New Jersey
Experience: finance, community involvement and served as HISD trustee from 2008-15
Top priorities: attracting and retaining personnel, promoting a clear after high school path by partnering with businesses and higher education institutions to assist students [to] identify career opportunities, advocating for special education students and ensuring adequate resources for them
Phone: 281-348-3132
Website: www.robertscarfo.com

Click here to read the full Q&A’s from the Place 2 candidates.

Humble ISD board of trustees, Place 6

Colin Carney*

Hometown: Green Oaks, Illinois; lived in Kingwood since 2013 and in Humble prior to that
Experience: appointed to the Humble ISD school board in August 2017; served on the audit committee, board & superintendent evaluation committee, finance committee and legislative committee; serves as board liaison to the Humble ISD Education Foundation
Top priorities: successful student outcomes, manage fiscal and growth challenges facing the district, manage taxpayer funds responsibly
Phone: 832-786-8754
Website: www.keepcarney.com

Lori Twomey

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma; has lived in Atascocita, Summerwood and Kingwood for 22 years
Experience: attorney who spent nine years as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Houston Law Center; commercial construction; advocate for special-needs children, children surviving abuse and families in crisis
Top priorities: accessibility and responsiveness to students, teachers, administrators and community; ensuring funds spent by district meet educational goals
Phone: 281-773-8364
Website: www.facebook.com/loritwomeyforschoolboard

Click here to read the full Q&A’s from the Place 6 candidates.

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Kelly Schafler
Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.
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