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Lowery, Houchin secure decisive wins

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, May 4, 2019
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Chris Lowery is returning to the Decatur ISD School Board and will be joined by Thomas Houchin.

The two candidates won their elections Saturday decisively.

Houchin took the Place 1 race with 729 votes. Stan Shults finished second with 496 and Pete Rivera third with 51.

Lowery unseated Place 2 incumbent Cheri Boyd 749 to 551. Boyd had been the school board president since July.

“I think people were ready for change. I’m not saying the people on the board are bad or anything like that,” Lowery said. “Decatur Forward is a big thing, and there was a huge turnout. The people that got out and voted were ready for change.

“Now, we have to go in and figure out what needs to be fixed and get people to trust the school district. Without that trust, it’s hard to do anything. But first we have to listen and figure out what we need to do.”

In rejoining the board, Lowery said the district will need to improve its transparency and trustees must provide the proper checks and balances.

“As a board, you evaluate the superintendent and put policies in place,” he said. “There’s also got to be the checks and balances. I’m not sure there’s been those checks and balances. We also have to be transparent as a board and get people trusting in the district.”

Boyd thanked the many voters that took turned out to vote.

“The results were pretty much split. I do know it was one of the largest turnouts and I’m thankful to everyone for their dedication to our kids and the community,” Boyd said. “I’ve called Chris and Thomas and congratulated them. We all love this community and we’re all going to go on to work for the betterment of kids.”

Houchin takes over the seat vacated by Wade Watson, who decided not to run for reelection. Houchin agreed with Lowery that voters wanted to see a new direction with the board.

“People were wanting change. They voted for change,” Houchin said.

“Right now, the focus has to be on kids. The kids are doing a good job, but there’s not a focus on giving the teachers the resources for the kids. We also have to be fiscally responsible. We are growing, and we need to improve facilities. But we can’t sit and waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on plans with no intention of acting on them.”

Shults said he called and congratulated Houchin on the victory.

“I accept the results of the majority of the people,” Shults said. “I throw my full support behind the people that won tonight.”

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