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Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Chris Harris

Chris Harris (photo courtesy Chris Harris)

By George Slaughter Chris Harris is an analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice and is making his first bid for elected office. He is facing businessman and former council member Larry Gore for the Katy City Council at-large seat. The incumbent, Steve Pierson, is stepping down due to term limits. For polling times and places, including absentee voting information, see the city’s election page. 1. Why do you want this job? There is a […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Ray Boothe

Ray Boothe (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Ray Boothe, an insurance executive, is seeking his first full term on the Katy City Council. He was appointed as a Ward A council member last year when Chuck Brawner resigned to run for mayor. Boothe was elected in a special election to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. He is facing Janet Corte, a retired IT consultant, who is making her first bid for elected office. For polling times and […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Janet Corte

Janet Corte (photo courtesy Janet Corte)

By George Slaughter Janet Corte is a retired IT consultant. She is making her first run for the Katy City Council, where she is facing incumbent Ray Boothe, an insurance executive, for a Ward A council member seat. For polling times and places, including absentee voting information, see the city’s election page. 1. Why do you want this job? I have lived in Katy for 29 years and I love this town! My husband and […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Larry Gore

Larry Gore

By George Slaughter Businessman and former council member Larry Gore is running for the at-large position on the Katy City Council. He faces first-time candidate Chris Harris, an analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice. The incumbent, Steve Pierson, is stepping down due to term limits. For polling times and places, including absentee voting information, see the city’s election page. 1. Why do you want this job? I am running for the at-large position to […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Sam Pearson

Sam Pearson (Katy News photo)

By George Slaughter Sam Pearson is a retired peace officer and minister who serves on the city’s planning and zoning commission. He is making his first campaign for the Katy City Council, where he is facing incumbent Durran Dowdle for a Ward B council member seat. For polling times and places, including absentee voting information, see the city’s election page. 1. Why do you want the job? I have been a public servant most of […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Durran Dowdle

Durran Dowdle (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Durran Dowdle is a business manager who is competing his second term on the Katy City Council. He is seeking re-election for what would be his third and final term under term limits. He is facing challenger Sam Pearson for a Ward B council member seat. For polling times and places, including absentee voting information, see the city’s election page. 1. Why do you want this job? I don’t think of the […]

Smiles of Katy Honored with Katy Proud Business Award

Keep Katy Beautiful presented Smiles of Katy, 1419 Avenue D, the Katy Proud Business Award Monday at city hall. Pictured are Jacalyn Warner, Sandy Schmidt, Jennifer Stence, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Joe Mora, Dr. Dolores Mora, Sharon Rhoads, Kathy Wiesner, Paula Taylor and Kay Callender (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Dr. Delores Mora and her team at Smiles of Katy, 1419 Avenue D, received the Katy Proud Business Award from Keep Katy Beautiful Monday. One might say that they had a little help from its friends to get there. Last year, Mora and her team were about to move into a new building behind the original building on the one-acre site. A growing practice and a desire to rebrand necessitated the move. […]

Sarah Denman Appointed to Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council appointed Sarah Denman to the Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors Monday night. Keep Katy Beautiful also presented a Katy Proud Business Award to Dr. Dolores Mora of Smiles of Katy, 1419 Avenue D. Denman, like other prospective candidates for the role, was interviewed by Mayor Chuck Brawner, Marketing Director Kayce Reina, and Marketing Assistant Jess Washburn. According to a council agenda request memorandum sent to the council, […]

Maud Marks Library Has a New Branch Manager

Akhila Bhat, Maud Marks Library Branch Manager (Harris County Public Library photo)

By George Slaughter One can always learn something new when visiting a library. For Akhila Bhat, that passion for learning has evolved into a career that finds her in a new role, as branch manager for the Maud Marks Library. Bhat began her new role last month after making an almost 9,000-mile journey to get to Southeast Texas. She is from Mumbai, India. She married and moved to the United States as her husband, Surendra, […]

Volunteers Sought for New Museum at San Felipe de Austin

The new Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum opens Aprl 27. (Texas Historical Commission photo)

By George Slaughter SAN FELIPE—Volunteers are being sought for a new museum that’s both within easy driving distance from Katy and is at one of the state’s most significant historical sites. The new museum, at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site in San Felipe, opens on Friday, April 27. San Felipe de Austin was the headquarters town of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Mexican Texas. He ran his land office at the townsite, assisting […]