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Engineer beats incumbent for Clear Creek ISD seat

May 5, 2019 GMT

Chemical engineer Scott Bowen defeated four-term Clear Creek ISD trustee Ann Hammond for the district’s at-large Position B in the May 4 election.

Bowen, who won with 1,512 votes — or 53.45 percent of the vote — against 1,317 for Hammond, a retired program analyst at NASA, in unofficial results.

Bowen said during the campaign that if elected, he’d push for more open discussion on the school board, claiming that trustees tended to avoid tough questions. He also argued that voters should have more options on how projects are presented in future bond referendums.

Also on the ballot was board Position 1, where trustee Laura DuPoint won without opposition.

Bowen is a former Republican precinct chair who has lived in the Clear Lake area since 1993. He is a graduate of Clear Lake High School and Texas A&M University and has a master’s degree in business administration from Rice University.

In her campaign, Hammond had emphasized a need to continue pushing for more state funding help regarding school safety and had cited the importance for the state to develop a better school accountability system than the current letter-grade scores for schools and districts.