Sara Countryman elected as new Montgomery mayor, Linda Porten wins Montgomery ISD board of trustees race

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John Champagne
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Sara Countryman
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Linda Porten
With unofficial voting results from all 22 Montgomery County precincts reporting, Sara Countryman was elected to be Montgomery's new mayor and Linda Porten defeated her opponent to serve on Montgomery ISD's board of trustees, while two incumbents retained their seats on Montgomery City Council.

For the first time in five years, the city of Montgomery faced a contested election cycle for the positions of mayor as well as City Council places 2 and 4. According to unofficial voting results, Countyman garnered 59.81 percent of the mayoral votes, or 125 votes. Incumbent Kirk Jones trailed behind with 36.36 percent of the votes, or 76 votes. Dan Katen received 3.83 percent of the votes, or 8 votes.

Countryman is a regional sales manager for Reduxio Systems and serves as the homeowner association president for the Buffalo Springs community in Montgomery. Both Countryman and Jones were unable to be reached for comments by press time.

Incumbent John Champagne, Jr. retained his position as City Council Place 2 with 60.68 percent of the votes, or 125 votes. His opponent, John L. Fox received 39.32 percent of the votes, or 81 votes.

Champagne has served four terms on Montgomery City Council and three on the Montgomery Economic Development Council. Following the election results, Champagne said he feels he is suited to handle the job but that Fox is a "fine individual."

"I can assume by the results of the vote that the city would like me to hang around for two more years," he said. "All I can say is I’ll do my best to serve the city and help it move forward."

Incumbent Rebecca Huss was also re-elected to City Council Place 4 with 78.05 percent of votes, or 160 votes. Jennifer Anthony received 21.95 percent of votes, or 45 votes. Huss was unable to be reached for comment by press time.

Additionally, MISD had two board of trustees positions up for election, with trustee Position 5, or the secretary, being the only contested race. Incumbent Trey Kirby ran unopposed for trustee Position 4 and will serve on the board of trustees for another term.

The unofficial results show Porten to be the new district secretary with 54.94 percent of the votes, or 1,035 votes. Incumbent Kellie Anderson followed closely behind with 45.06 percent of the votes, or 849 votes.

Porten served as a speech therapist at MISD for 23 years as well as worked as a resource reading teacher and science co-teacher.

"I’d just like to thank the community for their support," Porten said. "[As a trustee], I would like to continue to grow the mentor programs in Montgomery ISD, and I look into making the district even better for the kids."

All results are unofficial until canvassed.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.