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3 FBISD incumbents re-elected; Lamar CISD trustee loses seat

May 9, 2017 GMT

Three incumbent trustees in the Fort Bend Independent School District won re-election to second three-year terms based on unofficial returns.

Serving another term on the seven-person board will be Jason Burdine in Position 1, Kristin Tassin in Position 4 and KP George in Position 5.

Burdine was opposed in the May 6 election by Lorenzo Angelo DeCamps. Burdine received 61.90 percent of the vote or 3,207 compared to 1,974 for DeCamps.

Tassin defeated two challengers receiving 2,654 votes or 49.35 percent of the total. Shirley Rose-Gillam received 2,227 votes and Rodrigo Carreon received 497 votes.

Tassin, an attorney, also is president of the school board.

Like Burdine, George received more than 60 percent of the vote to win re-election. He received 3,341 votes or 63.72 percent of the vote compared with 1,902 votes or 36.28 percent for Lorena Dueñas.

Two newcomers will join the school board in Lamar Consolidated Independent School District as one incumbent lost her re-election bid and voters filled an open position. Two incumbents were re-elected. Terms are for four years. Returns are unofficial until they are canvassed.

District 6 trustee Anna M. Gonzales lost in her re-election bid. She received 268 votes or 25.43 percent compared with 786 votes or 74.57 percent for Joe Hubenak.

Elected to the open seat in District 3 was Mandi Bronsell. She received 270 votes representing 51.14 percent of the vote, while James Beebe received 258 votes for 48.86 percent of the vote.

Re-elected to another term was single-member District 1 trustee Kathryn “Mrs. K” Kaminski. She received 568 votes or 58.74 percent compared with Karen Mendoza’s 399 votes, representing 41.26 percent of the vote.

Kaminski currently is the school board vice president.

Kay Danziger ran unopposed for single-member District 2. She received 176 votes.

Both districts face growth-related challenges

Lamar Consolidated is considering a bond election this fall.

In Fort Bend ISD, trustees have talked of a possible tax ratification election this year.

A summary of the March 27 FBISD school board meeting said “A tax ratification election and specifically a tax rate drop and swap, would ‘drop’ four pennies from the current Debt Service tax rate of $0.30 and “swap” two of those pennies to the current Maintenance and Operations Rate of $1.04. The district’s existing tax rate of $1.34 will be reduced by two cents to $1.32, with a debt service tax rate of $0.26 and a M/O tax rate of $1.06.”