All three Tomball ISD positions contested on November ballot

Three Tomball ISD board of trustees positions are up for election Nov. 3, and all three positions are contested on the ballot. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Three Tomball ISD board of trustees positions are up for election Nov. 3, and all three positions are contested on the ballot. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three Tomball ISD board of trustees positions are up for election Nov. 3, and all three positions are contested on the ballot. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three Tomball ISD board of trustees positions are up for election Nov. 3, and all three positions are contested on the ballot, according to candidate filings Community Impact Newspaper obtained from the district. The filing period closed Aug. 17 for candidates wishing to run for election to the TISD board of trustees this fall.

Positions 5, 6 and 7—currently held by Matt Schiel, Justin Unser and Lee McLeod, respectively—are on the ballot, and the three incumbents have all filed for re-election.

Trustees serve a four-year term.

Schiel, who currently serves as vice president of the board, was first elected in 2016 and is a 1994 graduate of Tomball High School, according to district information. He is a resident of Magnolia and works as an appraiser, having lived continuously within TISD boundaries for the last 21 years, according to his candidate filing application.

Running against Schiel for Position 5 on the ballot is Lonnell Graham. Graham, a resident of The Woodlands, is a yoga instructor and has lived continuously within TISD boundaries for the last two years, according to his candidate filing application.


Unser was appointed to Position 6 on the board of trustees in June 2019 to fill the vacancy left by longtime trustee Sam Gregson, who resigned in February 2019. He is a resident of The Woodlands and has continuously lived within TISD boundaries for the last 4.5 years, according to his candidate filing application. Unser works as a business manager.

Ursula Gassaway has filed to run against Unser on the ballot. Gassaway, a Tomball resident, has lived continuously within TISD boundaries for seven years and lists her occupation as "stay-at-home," according to the candidate filing application.

Tomball resident Joseph Ferguson has also filed to run for Position 6. Ferguson is a professor of education, according to his candidate filing application. Although Ferguson did not provide the length of time for which he has lived within TISD, he has resided in Texas for more than 43 years, according to the application.

In Position 7, McLeod was appointed to the board of trustees in June 2017, according to district information. McLeod, who currently serves as assistant secretary on the board of trustees, is a Tomball resident and self-employed insurance agent, according to his candidate filing application. Although McLeod did not provide a length of time for which he has lived within TISD, McLeod has lived continuously in Texas for 48 years.

Opposing McLeod, Annisa White has filed to run for Position 7. White, a Tomball resident, works as a senior environmental analyst and has lived continuously within TISD for the last year, according to the candidate filing application.

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election runs Oct. 13-30. In late July, Gov. Greg Abbott extended the early voting period by a week, citing the pressure of holding an election during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

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 for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these 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.