With all votes counted, Gilbert Sarabia declared winner of Cy-Fair ISD board Position 3 race

Cy-Fair ISD board candidates answer audience questions at an Oct. 15 forum. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Cy-Fair ISD board candidates answer audience questions at an Oct. 15 forum. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Cy-Fair ISD board candidates answer audience questions at an Oct. 15 forum. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Updated Nov. 7 at 1:50 p.m.

With all 757 voting centers reporting, Gilbert Sarabia claimed 35.86% of all votes cast in the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees Position 3 race. Natalie Blasingame followed with 33.60% of the votes—a 775-vote difference—and results report Ryan Irving had 30.53% of the votes.


Approximately 34,246 votes were counted in this race.

Updated with candidate comment Nov. 6 at 9 a.m.


This was Gilbert Sarabia’s first time running for public office, and he said the process taught him a lot about Cy-Fair as he met with different community groups during his campaign.


“I believe it taught me a lot about people in general and the goodness in people—the efforts that they put in their owns ways,” he said. “I met so many people in our district who are for public education and the district. I had [Republicans and Democrats] endorse me, and that was a goal of mine—not just to reach one side but to reach all sides.”

Once he is officially sworn in to the board, Sarabia said he is excited to start his campus visits, meeting with administrators, teachers and students throughout the district as well as CFISD staff members who work behind the scenes who might feel like their voices are not heard.

Sarabia said he wanted to thank the community for showing their faith in him after 32 years of raising his family in Cy-Fair.

“Ryan [Irving] was very gracious throughout the campaign, and he seems to have a bright future,” he said. “I respect Natalie [Blasingame] very much for continuing her quest to serve the community.”

Updated Nov. 6 at 8:25 a.m.

With 754 of 757 voting centers reporting, Gilbert Sarabia maintains the lead in the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees Position 3 race with 35.86% of the votes. Natalie Blasingame follows with 33.60% of the votes—a 774-vote difference—and results report Ryan Irving has 30.53% of the votes.

Cy-Fair ISD released a statement at 8:23 a.m. declaring Sarabia the winner.
He could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

About 34,244 votes have been counted in this race so far. Out of the 322,790 registered voters eligible to vote in this race, Harris County reports 43,392 ballots were cast, meaning voter turnout was about 13.44%.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 11 p.m.

With 58 of 757 Harris County voting centers reporting, Gilbert Sarabia has taken a slight lead with 35.05% of the 14,058 votes counted so far. Blasingame follows with 34.29%, and Ryan Irving has 30.67% of the votes.

According to Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman, a
change in the reporting process mandated by the Texas Secretary of State has caused delays in Election Day results.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 7:15 p.m.


Harris County has released early voting results, and the three candidates contending for the Cy-Fair ISD board Position 3 race are nearly tied. About 15,300 votes in this race have been counted so far.

Natalie Blasingame takes a 0.1% lead over Gilbert Sarabia with 34.67% of the votes. Sarabia follows with 34.57% of votes, and Ryan Irving barely trails behind at 30.76%.

Blasingame is a talent management officer for BakerRipley with a 27-year background in education. She has lived in the district for 18 years and said her top priorities were safety and security, addressing achievement gaps, and improving parent and community member engagement.

Sarabia is retired from a 32-year career with AT&T and serves as a CFISD volunteer. He has lived in the district for 32 years and said his top priorities were academic and extracurricular excellence, outstanding facilities and financial efficiency.


Irving is an honors student at the University of Houston and recent CFISD graduate. He has lived in the district for 19 years and said his top priorities were representation, school safety and educator benefits.

Incumbents Tom Jackson, Julie Hinaman and Debbie Blackshear each ran unopposed to retain their seats on the board—positions 1, 2 and 4, respectively.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.
By Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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