By George Slaughter
Katy Independent School District voters elected Donald “Duke” Keller and Lance Redmon to the Board of Trustees Saturday.
Keller, an attorney, defeated Rebecca Fox and Sean Dolan to win his Position 1 seat. Fox, the Position 2 incumbent, decided just before the February 15 filing deadline to contest the Position 1 seat against Keller and Dolan, an Internet marketing company owner and Katy ISD critic.
Keller polled 4,093 votes, or 48%. Fox polled 3,320 votes, or 39%. Dolan polled 1, 062 votes, or 13%.
Fox’s decision to not contest her seat enabled Redmon, who is in construction material sales, to run unopposed for that seat. Fox, first elected in 2004, is the longest-serving member of the current board.
Dolan’s criticisms and actions drew widespread attention last year when then-Superintendent Lance Hindt resigned his post following what he and some trustees called a smear campaign against him and his family. The board stood behind Hindt throughout the events and disclosures that led to his design to resign.
The board last December appointed Ken Gregorski to succeed Hindt. Gregorski was a deputy superintendent who had been appointed acting superintendent. The appointment after Fox moved that the board indefinitely postpone naming a finalist while the board conducted a national search. The board voted down Fox’s proposal.
Keller succeeds Position 1 Trustee George Scott, who declined to seek reelection.
To see the unofficial polling results, click here.