Voters in Castle Hills water districts elect board members

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Map via the City of Lewisville showing the various Castle Hills fresh water supply districts
Map via the City of Lewisville showing the various Castle Hills fresh water supply districts

By PATRICK KELLY

Unlike Lewisville and other surrounding cities governed by the more well-known structure of mayor and city council, Castle Hills is governed by regulations set forth by the Texas Water Code.

Contrary to what the name may imply, water boards have a variety of powers, many of which are similar a city council.  Among other things, water boards are responsible for budgets, setting property taxes and certain utility rates, and contracting for services such as municipal solid waste collection and security.

A water board is comprised of five directors elected at large and serving staggered four year teams.  Castle Hills has eight water districts, each acting as an independent governing body.

Although all boards had seats up for election this year, only two boards drew enough candidates to force an election.  The 1B board drew four candidates for three seats; Doug Walker (challenger), Noel May (incumbent), Guy Harris (incumbent), and Patrick Kelly (incumbent).  Doug Walker, Guy Harris, and Patrick Kelly won the available three seats on light turnout.

1B results – voters selected any three candidates
Candidate Votes Percentage
Doug Walker 53 16.06
Guy Harris 98 29.70
Noel May 48 14.55
Patrick Kelly 131 39.70

 

It was a close race between Doug and current board member Noel May. May was ahead in early voting, but Walker pulled off the win with an Election Day surge.

The 1E board drew four candidates for two seats; Randall Winkler (incumbent), Steven Minear (challenger), Todd Zagumny (challenger), and Mike Inderhees (challenger). Doug Sumurdy, the current 1E president, opted not to run for re-election.  Randall Winkler and Steven Minear won the two available seats on light turnout.

1E results – voters selected any three candidates
Candidate Votes Percentage
Randall P. Winkler 77 42.54
Steven Minear 50 27.62
Todd Zagumny 43 23.76
Mike Inderhees 11 6.08

 

 

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