The Humble ISD school board election took an unprecedented turn in March when fliers started appearing in mailboxes and residents stated receiving robocalls. The fliers and calls were in support of three incumbents, Charles Cunningham, Robert Sitton and Angela Conrad.
The political action committee, Humble ISD Supporters, started a Facebook group in response to the Humble ISD Parents page, which has thousands of members and a lively exchange of ideas. While the Parents page is open to nearly all who ask, the Supporters page is closed to many. The Parents have members with a wide variety of opinions and proponents of nearly every candidate running. The Supporters only are endorsing the incumbents and one running in the open seat, Position 5.
As the fliers and calls have begun seeping into the community, many have asked, even demanded, to know where the money is coming from to fund their activities.
The PAC filed a report with Humble ISD April 28.
The funders are sitting school board members. The single biggest donor is Keith Lapeze, who gave $4000. Second is Heath Rushing, who gave $3000. Former board member and current State Representative Dan Huberty gave $1000. Former board member and current Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin gave $200. Other donors include Geoffrey Womack for $1000 and several under $100.
Parents have filled their page with questions as to why there is such interest in the election, why the secrecy about Supporter funding and what motives and agendas may be. Both sides have accused the other of allowing partisan politics to enter the situation. The use of robo calls is unprecedented in an Humble board race.
The PAC has raised $9350 and spent $8494.21, with $7694.21 going to postcards, door hangers and printed fliers. They spent $800 with Fred Blanton, a controversial politico, for the phone calls.