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Aaron to continue as Humble mayor, new faces in Humble ISD school board

May 5, 2019

Merle Aaron will start his second term as the City of Humble Mayor and Robert Scarfo and Lori Twomey will now represent positions 2 and 6 in the Humble ISD Board of Trustees.

Elections for Humble Mayor and Humble ISD board of trustee positions were held on Saturday. All results are unofficial until canvassed.

New school board faces

Robert Scarfo, a former Humble ISD board member, has returned to the board as the position 2 board member replacing Keith Lapeze, who decided against seeking re-election after nine years on the board.

Scarfo won the election with 1,950 votes against a crowded field of opponents — Ryan Engolio, Nikki Roux and Janie Branham. Scarfo earned 55.9 percent of the vote.

Scarf, a credit services director with Insperity, sought to return to the school board to help Humble ISD face one of its biggest challenges, from his perspective — continuing to be a growing and diverse student population while having adequate state funding for district operations and facilities.

Lori Twomey, an attorney defeated position 6 incumbent Colin Carney in a close race with 1,682 votes. Carney received 1,613 votes, or 48 percent of the vote compared to 51 percent for Twomey.

Twomey graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 2002 and started teaching there in 2006 for nine years. She now owns her own practice.

After advocating to the board on various issues and working with the district’s zoning committee, Twomey felt like it was time to step up and serve Humble ISD as a board member.

Twomey said she was pleased with her campaign experience and applauds how she and Carney ran their campaings.

“I really do feel like Colin and myself ran really good races. We both worked very hard and did a great job,” Twomey said. “This is really great and I will say that this shows that with a kind of a grass roots campaign, what you can do without spending a lot of money. I purchased some yard signs and some business cards and some buttons and that’s it; and everything else I just did through social media, through just word of mouth just getting out there and talking to people.”

Mayor wins 2nd term

Merle Aaron, who came on board as the top executive in Humble in 2015 as mayor will start his second term.

Aaron won the election with 389 votes against his opponent Arliss Bentley, who gained 173 votes.

Aaron, a retired contractor, sought re-election to continue helping with the economic development of Humble and continue with several of the city projects he has already started.

Aaron said he owes his victory to all of the people who supported his campaign.

“If you have really good people helping you, it really works well,” Aaron said. “I had so many loyal people that just never quit trying and never stopped supporting me. They were out walking the streets, knocking on doors and making phone calls. It was just phenomenal, the people were just absolutely phenomenal about what they were doing for me.”

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