Following a recount of the ballots from the May 7 Katy ISD board of trustees election held on Tuesday, George Scott remained the winner of the Position 1 race, defeating 27-year incumbent Joe Adams by six votes.
After all the ballots were counted Tuesday, Scott had received 1,479 votes, or 50.1 percent, to Adams’ 1,473 votes, or 49.9 percent.
KISD Director of Communications Denisse Cantu Coffman confirmed that Adams conceded the race after the more than 700 paper ballots were recounted.
Scott, who led by a seven-vote margin after the May 7 election, later saw his winning margin reduced to only a three-vote lead after provisional ballots were tallied May 13. Scott was declared the official winner of the race at a May 18 special meeting of the KISD board of trustees where the results were canvassed.
Adams filed an petition for a recount of the vote May 16 and said he had asked for the recount mainly because the district received over 700 mail-in ballots.
Board of trustees President Charles Griffin accepted the petition for a recount immediately following the canvass resulting in the May 24 recount—the first in KISD’s history.
Scott said he is pleased with the way KISD and Adams conducted themselves throughout the recount and that he is excited to join the board after a tedious 18-day process.
“I campaigned on the notion and believe that the school board needs to do a more effective job of holding its administration accountable,” Scott said. “Now that we can focus past the election, I will be advocating those issues that I think will help me accomplish the mission.”
Adams said that—while he is disappointed in the final results—he has been honored to have served on the board for nearly three decades.
“I’ve really enjoyed serving Katy ISD for 27 years,” Adams said. “It’s been a great time, and I’ve really been proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. I’m very, very happy to have been a part of that.”
Though the result remained in Scott’s favor after the recount, the total number of votes did change with an extra five ballots being counted, meaning that it will have to be canvassed a second time. KISD officials said the recanvass and Scott’s subsequent swearing-in ceremony have yet to be scheduled but are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Scott will serve a three-year term on the board along with Rebecca Fox, who was re-elected to Position 2 on May 7 after running unopposed. Fox was sworn in during Monday’s board meeting.