Six candidates file to run for four Cy-Fair ISD board seats up for election in November


Registered voters living in Cy-Fair ISD’s boundaries will see six names on the Nov. 5 ballot. The deadline for candidates to file to run was Aug. 19, and names on the ballot will include three incumbents—all of whom are running unopposed—and three candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Darcy Mingoia, who announced she would not run for re-election in July.

The district will host a board candidate forum Oct. 15, just before the early voting period kicks off Oct. 21-Nov. 1. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Learn more about school board elections at CFISD’s website.

School board members are unpaid volunteers who serve for four-year terms. Here are the candidates running for a position on the board this fall:

Position 1

*Thomas I. Jackson has served on the board since 2011 and is the president of Green River Oil, Inc. He has lived in the Copperfield area for nearly 40 years, and all three of his children attended and/or graduated from CFISD schools.

Position 2

*Julie Hinaman was appointed to the board in June following the departure of her predecessor Christine Hartley. She serves as a volunteer in CFISD schools and is the former president of the district’s Community Leadership Committee. She has lived in the district for 16 years and has two children enrolled in CFISD schools.

Position 3

Natalie Blasingame has lived in the district for 17 years and currently works as a talent management officer. She last ran against Don Ryan for Position 6 on the board in November 2017.

Ryan C. Irving, Jr. is a former CFISD student running for a seat on the board for the first time. The full-time student has lived in the district for 18 years.

Gilbert Sarabia is retired and has seen each of his four children graduate from CFISD schools. He has lived in the district for 32 years and is a member of the CLC.

Position 4

*Debbie Blackshear has served on the board since 2015 and is retired from a 28-year career with the Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union. She has lived in the district for 40 years and had two children graduate from Cy-Fair High School.

Stay tuned to for additional coverage of the elections and candidates over the coming months, and look for candidate Q&As in our annual Election Guide, set to hit mailboxes Oct. 23.


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Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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