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Pearland ISD trustees defeat election challengers

May 5, 2019

Three Pearland ISD incumbents won re-election May 4, defeating their opponents by wide margins.

Position 5 trustee and board president Rebecca Decker received 4,024 votes compared with 1,524 for neurologist Dr. Dona Kim Murphey. Position 6 trustee Lance Botkin defeated IT engineer Joseph Say with more than 70 percent of the votes in the race, getting 3,846 to Say’s 1,614.

In the race for Position 7, incumbent Jeff Barry snared 64.4 percent of the vote, defeating Houston ISD special programs coordinator Al Lloyd and Carmine Petrillo. Barry won 3,534 votes to 1,598 for Lloyd and 353 for Petrillo.

On her FaceBook page, Decker, who has been on the board since 2010, refers to various district programs introduced during her tenure that she says reflect consistent leadership, such as introduction of a dual-language program and of a stand-alone gifted and talented program.

Decker is chief operating officer for Communities in Schools of Brazoria County and previously was an assistant principal at Rustic Oak Elementary School in the district.

Botkin, elected in 2013, is a former Pearland High School teacher and football coach. He works in outside sales and is part-owner of Floyd’s on the Water Seafood Restaurant.

Barry is president of Barry Insurance Group — an independent insurance agency — and said during the campaign that his focus in a new term would be on school security, students’ mental health, academic achievement, fiscal responsibility and teacher retention.

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