There’s plenty of action in the City of Houston elections this fall, but they are not the only races on the ballot, as HISD and HCC will be electing Trustees as well. At least one of the five HISD Trustee races will be for an open seat as current Trustee Dianne Johnson announces she will not run for re-election.
Dianne Johnson has told The Examiner she will not seek another term as trustee of Houston ISD District V, which includes West University Place, Bellaire, Southside Place and much of southwest Houston.
“If eight years is enough for the president of the United States, it ought to be enough for a board member,” she told The Examiner Thursday.
“It’s time to move on,” said Johnson, who was first elected to her seat in 2001. “It’s good for other people to have that opportunity.”
Johnson, a longtime committee member at Bellaire High School, Pershing Middle School and Condit Elementary, was re-elected to the school board in 2005, when she was elected board president. Johnson was weighing her decision on whether to run for another term while she and fellow board members have been wading through the process of selecting a new superintendent. There has been considerable speculation that that process, and the relative delay in finding a successor to Dr. Abelardo Saavedra, played a part in Johnson’s decision.
“No,” said Johnson. “I hope I’ll be a part of the selection. I’ve been listening to the community intensely as we’ve looked for a new superintendent.”
Five of the nine board seats are up for election. Larry Marshall and Greg Meyers have indicated they will run again, while Natasha Kamrani and Harvin Moore have not committed. Filing starts next month, with the election in November.
Should be interesting to see who lines up to run for this seat. I expect to have my hands full with Council, Mayor, and Controller interviews, but I hope to be able to talk to some HISD and HCC Trustee candidates as well. Thanks to Hair Balls for the catch.