By STEVE SOUTHWELL
Last Saturday, voters across the state went to the polls in local and school district elections. Voters in Lewisville had city and school district elections. Voters in Castle Hills had a water board election. You can view all of the vote totals on our archive website here.
City of Lewisville
For the City of Lewisville, it was an odd bye year with no contested city council races. Incumbent Brent Daniels kept his Place 5 seat when no challengers filed against him. Greg Tierney was up for re-election in his Place 4 seat, but did not run again. Instead, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Brandon Jones filed for the seat, and did not draw a challenger.
But the voters in Lewisville did have two propositions to decide: Whether to extend the fire prevention and crime control districts for an additional 20 years each.
Voters overwhelmingly said yes to both propositions, with the fire district getting a 90.5 percent yes vote, and the crime control district getting an 89.2 percent yes vote.
Only 1,000 voters turned out in the Lewisville race, and 70 percent of them voted early. There was no organized opposition to the districts, which allow the city to collect a one eighth cent sales tax to go towards fire services, and another one eighth cent sales tax to go towards police services.
For Lewisville ISD, three places on the board of trustees were up for re-election. Over 7,000 voters weighed in on the at-large positions.
In Place 3, first-term incumbent Angie Cox ran unopposed and kept her seat.
In Place 4, the first-term incumbent, Kris Vaughn declined to run again due to a planned move out of the district. Katherine Sells, who was serving as president of the Lewisville Council of PTAs, won the seat Saturday with 79.1 percent of the vote. She faced recent Lewisville High School graduate and SMU student Fairooz Adams, who garnered 20.9 percent of the vote.
“The wide margin is simply an indicator that Lewisville ISD residents understand that such a large and complex district is best served by someone with a wide range and deep level of experience,” said Sells on Sunday morning after the election.
“I take the overwhelming win as a signal of the great responsibility that has been handed to me.“
She gave props to her opponent, though. “I am proud of the civic spirit that Lewisville HS instilled in Fairooz Adams while he was a student there, and applaud him for his passion to serve,” said Sells. “He will surely go on to do great things.”
In Place 5, incumbent Brenda Latham, of Lewisville, did not file for re-election. Frisco resident Jenny Proznik won the race Saturday with a 44.5 percent plurality, beating Allison Lassahn (40.8 percent) and Will Ferson (14.7 percent). In school board elections, the winner is the candidate who gets the most votes. There are no runoff elections.
Proznik served as legislative liaison for the Lewisville Council of PTAs, and had served in numerous other roles in PTAs.
“I am so appreciative of the support I received from across LISD and I look forward to being a part of the Team of 8,” said Proznik, referring to the seven trustees plus the superintendent. “There is lots of work to be done.”
With this election, there are no residents of Lewisville proper on the school board, though three are from Castle Hills, which is part of Lewisville’s extra-territorial jurisdiction and set to be annexed piece-by-piece in the coming years. Castle Hills is zoned to Hebron High School.
Once again, the board will be majority female, with six women and one man (Tracy Miller) serving.
The new school board, and their cities of residence:
- Place 1 – Kronda Thimesch – Castle Hills (Lewisville ETJ)
- Place 2 – Trisha Sheffield – Castle Hills (Lewisville ETJ)
- Place 3 – Angie Cox – Flower Mound
- Place 4 – Katherine Sells – Castle Hills (Lewisville ETJ)
- Place 5 – Jenny Proznik – Frisco
- Place 6 – Kristi Hassett – Flower Mound
- Place 7 – Tracy Scott Miller – Highland Village
School board members will be sworn in at the May 16 meeting at LISD’s Bolin Center.
The trustees are ready to get to work.
“I am looking forward to the next steps, which will be to meet with the leadership team, to understand their day-to-day and strategic responsibilities, as well as to prepare for new trustee training,” said Sells.
I have been keeping up with the issues that will be on the agenda for May and I am ready to hit the ground running,” said Proznik.
“After some required state training this summer I will be set to do the job the people of LISD elected me to do.”
Castle Hills water board results
Castle Hills is governed by fresh water supply districts, which were formed to finance the infrastructure when the housing developments were built. Water district boards contract with the City of Lewisville and other entities to provide services to residents.
In the Fresh Water Supply District 1B Board (Central / Eastern Castle Hills) election, Patrick Kelly, Guy Harris, and Doug Walker were elected to the board. Incumbent Noel May lost his seat.
In the Fresh Water Supply District 1E Board (Western Castle Hills) election, Randall P. Winkler won re-election, and Steven Minear was also elected.
More on the water board election results…