Janusaitis, Langenberg win close race for Harris County ESD No. 9 commissioner seats

David Langenberg has been elected and Bob Janusaitis has been reelected to seats on the Harris County ESD No. 9 commissioners board.

David Langenberg has been elected and Bob Janusaitis has been reelected to seats on the Harris County ESD No. 9 commissioners board.

Posted 6:40 p.m. May 8


With all unofficial voting results tallied, Bob Janusaitis and David Langenberg have been elected as commissioners to Harris County Emergency Services District No. 9.

Candidates in ESD races do not run against each other head-to-head. Instead, voters were given the option to vote for none, one or two candidates among the five who have filed to run. Janusaitis finished with 396 total votes, or 27 percent of the vote. He was followed by Langenberg with 23 percent of the vote, or 342 votes. The next three candidates—Mark Bitz, Steven Jackson and Roy A. Eriksen—finished with 312, 270 and 166 votes, respectively.

Janusaitis, the incumbent in the race, was first elected to his commissioner seat in 2012. His background includes firefighting, serving as an emergency medical technician, and work as an American Red Cross liaison for city and county emergency operations.

Langenberg began working in fire service in 1998 as a volunteer firefighter for the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department. He currently serves as a battalion chief and a master peace officer for the Village Fire Department.

Incumbent Suzanne Davis did not file for re-election.

The Cy-Fair VFD covers about 165 square miles in northwest Harris County, including most of the land within Cy-Fair ISD's boundaries. ESD No. 9 is responsible for collecting taxes so the district can fund the delivery of services for the fire department. The ESD board members are also responsible for managing the department’s annual budget.

Commissioners serve four year terms. Commissioners Betty Boren Avery, Jeremy Martinson and Scott DeBoer will be up for re-election in 2018.

All votes are unofficial until canvassed.
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.