Four candidates have filed for three new positions on the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District board of directors.

This is the first time the board of directors positions will be elected by voters, which comes after legislation passed in the 2023 Texas Legislature.

Meet the candidates

Candidates were required to submit applications to the Fort Bend County judge’s office by Feb. 16. Here are the candidates who filed:

FBCAD board of directors, At-Large Position No. 1
  • Shaizad “Sam” Chatriwala
FBCAD board of directors, At-Large Position No. 2
  • Andrew Johnson
FBCAD board of directors, At-Large Position No. 3
  • Larry Indermuehle
  • Amer Kumar
The background

After the October passage of Senate Bill 2, counties with populations over 75,000 will elect three new board of director at-large positions for their respective appraisal districts, creating a board of nine members. The new board members will assume a nonpaid, elected position, according to the FBCAD website.

The first elected board of directors members will serve two-year terms beginning July 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2026. Future elected board members will serve four-year terms, according to the FBCAD website.

The board of directors was previously composed of five members appointed by the district taxing units with the county tax assessor-collector serving as an additional board member, according to an election advisory by the Texas Secretary of State.

According to the FBCAD website, the board is responsible for:
  • Establishing the appraisal district office
  • Hiring/firing of a chief appraiser
  • Holding a board meeting at least once each quarter
  • Adopting the district’s annual operating budget
Looking ahead

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is April 4. Early voting begins April 22 and will conclude April 30, while election day will take place May 4.

For more information about where to vote in Fort Bend County, visit the county’s website.