Newly-elected Cy-Fair ISD board members look forward to new roles after unseating incumbents

Natalie Blasingame, Scott Henry and Lucas Scanlon defeated each of the three incumbents—John Ogletree, Don Ryan and Bob Covey, respectively—who served on the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees for more than 15 years in the Nov. 2 election, according to results reported by the Harris County Elections Administrator’s Office. About 35,000 local residents, or about 11% of registered voters in the region, voted in the election, according to CFISD officials.

Fourteen total candidates ran in this election across the three open seats.

The incumbents ran on a platform of “proven leadership,” touting a legacy of supporting opportunity for all students, balancing quality education with fiscal responsibility and maintaining strong property values. While school board races are nonpartisan, Blasingame, Henry and Scanlon were all endorsed by the Harris County Republican Party.

The victory was especially rewarding for Blasingame, who defeated John Ogletree and previously had three unsuccessful school board election runs in 2015, 2017 and 2019. She said throughout all her campaigns her platform has remained the same—voice, choice and values.

“I feel like just hearing from the community, the parents of students, making sure there’s two-way feedback is critical so that we understand what they're looking for and the unmet needs,” Blasingame said. “People showed up to vote, and I think that’s a statement.”

She said she wants CFISD to be every parent’s best education option for their children, and her goal is to uphold and represent the community’s values in addition to “protect[ing] the hearts and minds of kids in our schools.”

As a former educator herself, Blasingame said she wants to bring joy back to the teaching profession and believes acting in unity will be crucial in her new role.

“We have to see each kid reach their full potential,” she said.

Blasingame said each of the newcomers to the board brings their own set of strengths to the table, and she is excited to work together as a team alongside sitting members Tom Jackson, Julie Hinaman, Gilbert Sarabia and Debbie Blackshear.

Scott Henry, a sales engineering manager, will be replacing Don Ryan, who served on the board for more than 20 years. Henry thanked the incumbents for their work and said he hopes to see an even better future for the next generation—including for his daughter.

Henry said he ran on a platform of better support for teachers, more respect for family boundaries, a renewed focus on academics, transparency in board policy, and increased accountability and cooperation.

He said he believes this message resonated with voters, and he is looking forward to working alongside the rest of the board members, parents and staff to bring the changes voters were seeking.

“I went to many of the school board meetings, I followed online virtually and ... saw that the community was looking for some change. I felt like I had some better ideas that I can help implement and I wanted to bring those forward and do that for Cy-Fair,” he said.

Lucas Scanlon is the director of business and transformation for information technology company Neudesic LLC. He defeated incumbent Bob Covey, who has served on the board since 2005.

Scanlon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. The newly-elected board members will be sworn in at the board's Dec. 9 work session, district officials announced in a news release.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.


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