Candidates File for Katy City Office

By George Slaughter

Both incumbents seeking re-election to the Katy City Council have drawn opponents, and two candidates have filed to run for the seat being vacated by incumbent Katy City Council Member At-Large Steve Pierson.

Filing deadline was Friday at the city secretary’s office.

Here is a position-by-position overview of who’s seeking office.

Ward A

Incumbent Ray Boothe has filed for election for a full-term in his own right. Boothe, an insurance executive, was appointed to the council last year when then-incumbent Chuck Brawner resigned to run for mayor. Boothe was elected to serve the remainder of Brawner’s unexpired term on the council.

Janet Weiershausen Corte, a retired IT consultant, has filed to run for the seat.

Ward B

Incumbent Durran Dowdle has filed for re-election. Dowdle, a business manager, will be serving his third and final term under city limits if re-elected. He also serves as mayor pro tem.

Sam Pearson has also filed to run for the seat. He is a retired peace officer and minister, and serves on the city’s planning and zoning commission.


Pierson is retiring because of term limits.

Larry Gore, a hunting and fishing outfitter, is a former Ward B council member. He serves on the city’s planning and zoning commission.

Chris Harris, an analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice, is making his first bid for public office.