Magnolia City Council, school board positions contested for May 4 election


Several city council and school board trustee seats in Tomball and Magnolia are up for election this year with a number of candidates already having filed for a place on the May 4 ballot. The application period closes Feb. 15 for candidates, according to election information.

Initial filings show two Magnolia City Council seats to be contested for the May 4 election, according to city information. Additionally, all three trustee positions up for election in Magnolia ISD are contested, district officials said.

Magnolia City Council candidates

Magnolia City Council members adopted an ordinance Feb. 12 calling for a general election May 4 for council positions 1, 2 and 3 currently held by Matthew Dantzer, John Bramlett and Richard Carby, respectively. Council members are elected to two-year terms.

Bramlett and Dantzer have both filed for Position 2.

Bramlett is retired and has been a Magnolia resident for 42 years, according to candidate filing information. Community Impact Newspaper previously reported Bramlett was first elected to Magnolia City Council in 1983 and served as the city’s mayor in 1984 and again from 1992-2001. He then was re-elected to City Council from 2007-11 and again from 2015 to present.

Dantzer serves as a hospice executive and has lived in Magnolia for three years, according to candidate filing information. Dantzer ran unopposed in 2017 and began serving on council in May 2017, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

Carby has filed for re-election to Position 3, joined by Jon Andy O’Der.

Carby works as an account executive and is a 31-year resident of Magnolia, according to candidate filing information. He was first appointed to City Council in January 2013 to finish an unexpired term of a resigned council member and has been re-elected to City Council in May 2013, May 2015 and May 2017, according to city information.

O’Der works as a quality-control inspector and has resided in Magnolia for more than 15 years, according to candidate filing information.

For Position 1, Daniel Miller is running unopposed as of press time Feb. 15. Miller works as a computer test engineer and has lived in Magnolia for 22 years, according to candidate filing information.

Magnolia ISD trustees

Positions 1, 2 and 3 on the MISD board of trustees are up for election May 4. Trustees serve three-year terms.

Incumbent Kelly McDonald and candidate Angie Smith have filed for Position 1. McDonald has lived in Magnolia for more than 13 years and previously served as president of the Magnolia Rotary Club, according to district information.

Incumbent Sonya Ebel and candidate Adrian Kaiser have filed for Position 2. Ebel has resided in Magnolia since 2010 and was appointed to the board of trustees in November 2016 to fill the vacancy left by former trustee Deborah Rose Miller, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

Additionally, incumbent Gary Blizzard and candidate Sean Ricker have filed for Position 3. Blizzard currently serves as president of the board and has lived in Magnolia since 2006, according to district information.

Tomball City Council seats

Tomball City Council members approved a resolution Jan. 7 ordering an election for May 4. The election will be for council Position 3—currently held by Chad Degges—and mayor—currently held by Gretchen Fagan, according to city officials. Terms span three years. The two positions are currently unopposed.

Both Degges and Fagan have filed for re-election, according to candidate filing information.

Degges was first elected to City Council during a special election in January 2014, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. He works as an engineer and has lived in Tomball for more than 10 years, according to candidate filing information.

Fagan served on Tomball City Council from 2004-07 before being elected as mayor in May 2007, according to city information. She works as an insurance agent and has resided in Tomball for 17 years, according to candidate filing information.

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Anna Lotz
Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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