Fort Bend ISD board incumbents Jim Rice and Dave Rosenthal retain their seats for position 3 and position 7, respectively, while Allison Drew was elected for position 5, according to May 4 Fort Bend County voting results.
With 60 of the voting centers reporting, Jim Rice received 7,837 votes, or 48.6%, over next-highest opponent Afshi Charania with 4,419 votes, or 27.4%. Meanwhile, Ashish Agrawal garnered 2,645 votes or 16.40%, while Sam Popuri received 1,226 votes, or 7.60%.
"I am truly humbled and honored to have gained your support and will work very hard to continue to justify the confidence and faith you have placed in me to faithfully execute my role as a Fort Bend ISD Trustee," Rice said in a statement. "I would also like to thank all those who ran in this school board race for your passion for our kids and for putting yourself out there. It takes people with courage to run. I appreciate and salute your courage."
Drew took in 3,679 votes, or 26.74%, narrowly winning over Lily Lam, who received 3,424 votes, or 24.7%. Meanwhile, Jason Dobrolecki received 2.674 votes, or 19.29%, Christian Sommer garnered 2,384 votes, or 17.2%, and Pam D. Sutherland received 1,701 votes, or 12.27%.
“I’m glad that Fort Bend ISD decided and voted in majority for things that would be good for children,” Drew said. “I am heartened by the fact that it was such a close race.”
She also said there needs to be more done to engage voters. Drew said she met with voters at the polling locations who did not understand there were three races and different candidates, which she said she felt was what led to the tight race for position 5.
“We can do better by engaging our voters as an ISD and give them more information,” she said. “There wasn’t enough voter engagement, in my opinion, for people to get to know the candidates.”
In the position 7 race, Rosenthal received 6,714 votes, or 45.75%, with the next highest results going to Monica Riley, who garnered 2,708 votes, or 18.45%. Meanwhile, Nadine B. Skinner brought in 2,113 votes, or 14.40%, Ferrel Bonner garnered 1,132 votes, or 7.71%, Christina (Tina) Michie received 844 votes, or 5.75%, Holland Poulsen received 739 votes, or 5.04%, and Rudy Sutherland Jr. garnered 424 votes, or 2.89%.
With six other opponents in the race, Rosenthal said he was not sure how things were going to turn out. However, he said this was the first time that he had so much support from voters and from his campaign team.
“I have an incredible team of people who stood by me from the beginning,” Rosenthal said. “We have had difficulties this year with Sugar Land 95 and rezoning issues, so the fact that I still got 45% of the vote says a lot about the district and the trust that people have in me.”
All results are unofficial until canvassed on May 13.
Find results for all of the May 4 races at www.communityimpact.com/may-2019-election.