Spring ISD incumbents, Kelly P. Hodges take oaths of office

Following the Nov. 5 election, incumbents Deborah Jensen (right) and Justine Durant (left) as well as newcomer Kelly P. Hodges (center) took the oath of office for the Spring ISD board of trustees Dec. 10. (Courtesy Spring ISD)
Following the Nov. 5 election, incumbents Deborah Jensen (right) and Justine Durant (left) as well as newcomer Kelly P. Hodges (center) took the oath of office for the Spring ISD board of trustees Dec. 10. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

Following the Nov. 5 election, incumbents Deborah Jensen (right) and Justine Durant (left) as well as newcomer Kelly P. Hodges (center) took the oath of office for the Spring ISD board of trustees Dec. 10. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

Following the Nov. 5 election, incumbents Deborah Jensen and Justine Durant as well as newcomer Kelly P. Hodges took the oath of office for the Spring ISD board of trustees Dec. 10.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, Jensen, who ran against challenger Mechelle Epps, was re-elected to serve as Position 1 trustee with 64.96% of the vote. Durant, who ran against challengers John Lopez and Ernest “Saul” Thomas, was re-elected to serve as Position 3 trustee with 48.19% of the vote.

“First, I’d like to comment on how honored I am for the support of the community and to get the opportunity to serve on the board of trustees—I’m grateful for that and I’ll never take that for granted,” Durant said during the meeting.

Hodges, who ran unopposed for Position 2 trustee, was elected with 6,713 votes, replacing trustee Chris Bell, who did not seek re-election.

“I would like to say thank you—I’m so excited,” Hodges said during the meeting. “Thank you for the text messages, emails I’ve received and just the love and support from this community and I definitely want to thank my family and friends that are here tonight, and I am just so excited and just looking forward to serving my community.”


In addition to canvassing election results, the board also reappointed trustees Rhoda Newhouse, Donald Davis and Winford Adams Jr. to continue serving as board president, secretary and assistant secretary, respectively. Jensen was appointed to serve as board vice president, formerly held by trustee Jana Gonzales.

Trustees will serve in these positions for one year until the next election in November 2020.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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