Lifelong educator wins VISD board seat in District 1

UPDATE: Kathy Bell gained 55.90 percent of votes after all 30 voter centers submitted their results Saturday.

Preliminary results indicated Bell would be the winner of tonight’s school board race for the District 1 seat.

We stopped by her watch party to see how Bell was feeling about the results so far.

She said she started her day at 6 a.m. and was out talking to voters until 6 p.m. Saturday evening, all after a week of STAAR testing at the elementary school where she still serves as a math teacher.

Bell shared that a few years ago she had some eerie feelings about Victoria but chose to move back anyways.

“But now that I’ve met so many people, Victoria has expanded, it has opened their arms to everyone and I think we need to embrace that and let the old be old, and enjoy the new,” Bell said.

Bell said she’s thankful to everyone who voted for her and hopes to serve as an example to young girls that if you work hard enough, you can reach your goals. When you have people that believe in you, it means everything, Bell said, and also went on to say that every kid matters, like every vote counts.

Tonight’s win for Bell is special in part because of the long legacy of community support left behind by her late mother, Florence Tillman, who was a pillar of the Dudley Elementary School community. Bell said she knows her mother has been with her every step of the way.

VICTORIA, Texas – In the Victoria ISD District 1 race, a lifelong educator and a nonprofit founder are vying for the trustee seat.

Kathy Bell, who has been an educator for over 39 years, said she chose to run for office to continue her service to the community in a new role.

Theresa Klacman, founder of a nonprofit organization focused on aiding women out of abusive relationships, said she is running for the trustee seat in order to re-establish trust between the school district and the community.


Here are the unofficial results as of 10:41 p.m. Saturday:

  • Bell: 55.90 percent, 436
  • Klacman: 44.10 percent, 344
  • Total votes: 780

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