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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 […]

Hindt to Contribute Financially to Possible Defamation Lawsuit

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt will contribute up to $25,000 for legal fees to be used in a potential defamation suit, according to an amendment approved by Katy school board trustees at their Thursday meeting. Trustees approved hiring the Feldman and Feldman law firm at the meeting, in addition to approving the amendment to Hindt’s contract. Trustees took both these actions before Hindt announced his intention to resign January […]

Hindt to Resign as KISD Superintendent in January

Dr. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD Superintendent (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Dr. Lance Hindt tendered his resignation as superintendent of the Katy Independent School District Thursday night, following what he and some board trustees called a smear campaign against him and his family. “My immediate family has to come first,” Hindt said. “My wife and my children, they need me. In light of an organized, relentless and dishonest smear campaign against me, I cannot remain as superintendent.” Leaders of the anti-Hindt campaign were […]

KISD Board to Hold Special Meeting Thursday Night

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday night to decide whether to engage a lawyer to pursue legal action for defamation on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt, other school officials, and other district staff. Trustees will also decide whether to amend Hindt’s contract. Hindt was accused in March of participating in a bullying incident that allegedly took place over 35 years ago, when he was […]

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 […]