Saturday, May 7 was Election Day, where voters decided who would be the next mayor of Humble as well as who would fill two seats with the Humble ISD Board of Trustees.

City of Humble Mayor Merle Aaron handily beat out Arliss Bentley to retain his position with 69% of the votes. A total of 565 out of 7,876 registered voters, or 7.35%, voted in the mayoral election.

Said Bentley, “I want to thank all the voters who supported me in my campaign run for City of Humble mayor. It has been an enriching experience. Although I did not win the election, I am a winner because of all the wonderful new friends I have met.”

Unopposed Position 1 Councilmember Charles “Andy” Curry retained his place with 461 voters in favor. Glenn Redmon, who ran unopposed for the Position 2 seat vacated by long-serving Ray Calfee, received 469 votes.

The election to fill three seats on the Humble ISD Board of Trustees was held concurrently with the city election. Four candidates ran for Position 2, which was vacated by long-time councilmember Keith Lapeze: Ryan Engolio, Robert Scarfo (who has previously served on the board), Nikki Roux and former teacher Janie Branham. Scarfo beat out the other candidates with 55% of the vote. Roux followed with 24%.

Roux said, “I am so appreciative of the support and encouragement from the Lake Houston community, and I am truly blessed to have been able to go on this journey.”

“Thank you to all the voters in the district and my fellow candidates. Thank you for your support and the opportunity [to run]. Stay active and engaged. I wish the elected board members good luck,” said Engolio.

Colin Carney currently holds Position 6 after he was appointed following the departure of Heath Rushing and was contested by Lori Twomey. Twomey narrowly beat out Carney with 51% of the vote.

Nancy Morrison holds Position 7 and ran unopposed. She received a total of 3,039 votes. She said, “I look forward to working with Mr. Scarfo and Mrs. Twomey. I believe they will be an asset to our team and we have lots to work on with our preset legislative session. It will be very important that we all work together to help our students in Humble ISD.”

hoabinhre reached out to all opposed candidates for comments but several had not responded as of press time.

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