Katy City Council

City to Upgrade its Water Meters

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night adopted a resolution that will enable the city to upgrade its water meters, thus saving both time and labor when it comes to gather the information the meters track. In a memo to the council recommending the changes, Finance Director Becky Wilkins said that the city currently reads its water meters with a radio read drive-by system that requires city staff to drive around the city […]

Council Members Sworn into Office

Mayor Chuck Brawner awards “Above and Beyond” citations to Katy police officers Matthew Newport, left, and Dustin Garcia – George Slaughter photo

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—Chris Harris, Janet Corte, and Durran Dowdle were sworn into office Monday night at the Katy City Council meeting. Harris defeated former Council Member Larry Gore for the at-large seat, which was vacated by incumbent Steve Pierson under term limits. Corte defeated incumbent Ray Boothe for her Ward A seat. Dowdle won re-election against challenger Sam Pearson for his Ward B seat. Harris and Corte are beginning their first terms […]

Dowdle Re-Elected to Katy City Council; Corte, Harris Elected

By George Slaughter Katy Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle was re-elected to his post Saturday, while challengers Chris Harris and Janet Corte won their respective races for council member at-large and Ward A council member, respectively. Dowdle was re-elected to his third and final term under term limits. Harris and Corte were making their first bids for public office. The trio will take their oaths of office later this month. Ward B Dowdle drew […]

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 […]

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, […]