In 2022, the board of trustees adopted a resolution denouncing Williams after an investigation revealed she practiced discriminatory and abusive behaviors against a former district employee. The board resolution also called on Williams to resign. The resolution passed 6 to 1. Only Williams voted against it.Fort Bend ISD candidate Sonya Jones won by garnering nearly 40 percent of the vote in a five-person race for position 5. Disgraced incumbent Denetta Williams received only 9 percent of the vote in a five-person race.Frustration has been building since 2019, when districts had lengthy COVID lockdowns and mask mandates. During this time, debates about the role of federal law enforcement in monitoring parents who speak out caused the resentment to grow.”In a rapidly expanding district like LCISD, opportunities abound for programmatic influence, which dramatically shifts our children’s education away from core competencies like reading, writing, and math,” her website says. “As a trustee, Jacci will serve as a failsafe against outside influence to ensure that our teachers and administration are able to focus on the only thing that matters – educating our children to the very best of their ability and preparing them for the future.”Jacci Hotzel, a mother of three, won the District 4 seat with 71 percent of the vote. She campaigned to promote parental involvement and listen to parents’ concerns.”It has not been approved at the board level, and if it is being taught in our classrooms, I would like to know,” Welch told the Fort Bend Herald in a February 2022 interview.
Katy ISD conservative candidates Amy Thieme, Morgan Calhoun, and Mary Ellen Cuzela were victorious for school board positions 3, 4, and 5, respectively. All three promoted a back-to-basics philosophy and supported removing publications with graphic sexualized, or pornographic content.Lamar Consolidated ISD saw its board president, Alex Hunt, defeated by newcomer Suzanne Box, a 35-year-old mother of five LCISD children who received 60 percent of the vote. Box defeated Hunt with a classic conservative platform promising to support parents as the primary decision-makers in their children’s education, support teachers, be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars and fight for a solid academic foundation.”Voters across Fort Bend County made a clear statement regarding the conservative policies they expect from school board members,” said Fort Bend County Republican Party Chairman Bobby Eberle. “Voters overwhelmingly chose the candidates who will bring conservative values of fiscal responsibility, parental involvement, and educational basics over indoctrination.”Incumbent CISD school board member Jon Welch won in District 5 with 63 percent of the vote. Earlier this year, Welch voiced concerns with the Texas Association of School Boards’ advice on transgender issues.
Drew was elected Position 5 trustee in May 2019 during a special election after the seat was vacated when KP George was elected Fort Bend County judge. Drew lost a re-election bid in November 2020 to Williams.A member of numerous community organizations including the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce and the Asian Chamber of Commerce, DeMeza said he plans to introduce more incentives and funding for teachers. Teacher retention and a perceived need to rebuild community trust in Fort Bend ISD are among the campaign issues in the district’s Position 5 trustee race, which features five candidates. Hicks said that last year at McAuliffe, she helped increase core subject mastery percentage for sixth grade by 400% and the school’s overall performance by 10%.
DeMeza has more than 40 years of engineering experience and works at Pittsburgh Corning Corp. He has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Saint Louis University.“All four (other) candidates have experience in educational systems,” DeMeza said. “Why not elect one with outside experience? Bring in a fresh outlook.”