UPDATED: Rob Ellis to replace longest-tenured trustee on Klein ISD board of trustees

Klein ISD candidates
From left to right: Candidates James Wang, Mary J. Crosby, Rebekah Schlichting, Maria Hartmann and Rob Ellis are in the race for Position 7 on the Klein ISD board of trustees. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left to right: Candidates James Wang, Mary J. Crosby, Rebekah Schlichting, Maria Hartmann and Rob Ellis are in the race for Position 7 on the Klein ISD board of trustees. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated Nov. 6, 9:15 a.m.

With 754 of 757 voting centers reporting, candidate Rob Ellis has won in a close race for Position 7 on the Klein ISD board of trustees, with 37.17%, or 5,906 votes, according to unofficial election results.

"It's an honor to serve the Klein ISD family," Ellis said. "As the father of five young kids, I'm fully committed to working hard ... and look forward to rolling up my sleeves now and helping the [Klein ISD] board on behalf of every student and teacher in the district."

By 373 votes, Ellis beat competing candidate Maria Hartmann, who received 34.83%, or 5,533 votes, according to unofficial election results. Meanwhile, candidate Mary J. Crosby received 15.14%, or 2,406 votes; candidate James Wang received 12.69%, or 2,016 votes; and write-in candidate Rebekah Schlichting received 0.17%, or 27 votes. All five candidates were non-incumbents.

Ellis is to replace Rick Mann, who served as the KISD's longest-tenured trustee with 28 years of service, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.


"Rick Mann has done so much for our community," Ellis said. "He was on the school board when my father was on the school board back in the nineties, so it's an honor to be following his footsteps. Those are big footsteps to fill."

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated Nov. 5, 11:05 p.m.

With 58 of 757 voting center reporting, candidate Rob Ellis continues to lead in a tight race for Klein ISD board of trustees Position 7 against competing candidate Maria Hartmann by a total of 407 votes, according to early voting results as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Ellis received 39.39% or 2,240 votes, and Hartmann received 32.23% or 1,833 vote. Meanwhile, Mary J. Crosby received 16.04% or 912 votes; James Wang received 12.15% or 691 votes; and write-in candidate Rebekah Schlichting received 0.19% or 11 votes.

The winning candidate of Position 7 would replace Rick Mann, who served as the KISD's longest-tenured trustee with 28 years of service, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.

As of 11 p.m. election night, fewer than 60 of Harris County’s voting centers reported election results.

A statement from Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman on Nov. 1 warned of slow returns but declined to give a definitive timeline. A recent change in reporting procedure requirements from Texas Secretary of State was anticipated to cause delays, Trautman said.


All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted Nov. 5, 7:35 p.m.

Early voting results show a close race between two candidates in the race for Position 7 on the Klein ISD board of trustees. A total of five non-incumbent candidates are competing for the position on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Rob Ellis received 39.89% or 2,145 votes, and Maria Hartmann received 32.66% or 1,756 votes, according to unofficial early voting results. Meanwhile, Mary J. Crosby received 15.57% or 837 votes, and James Wang received 11.88% or 639 votes. All totals include absentee and early votes.

Write-in candidate Rebekah Schlichting's early voting results were not listed in unofficial early voting results on Harris County's website.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.
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