KATY (Covering Katy News) – One day after George Scott said he would not be running for re-election to the school board an attorney and Katy High School graduate has stepped forward to run against Sean Dolan, the man who orchestrated the campaign that forced Superintendent Lance Hindt to retire.
Attorney Duke Keller, Jr. filed for the race on Friday afternoon. Keller graduated from Katy High School in 1982 and was a Texas Army National Guard Sergeant with a high-security clearance according to a knowledgable source. He is also a father and a veteran of the United States Army. He and his wife and family live in the City of Katy and are supporters of the Katy Tigers football program.
This story was updated with statements from Duke Keller. We updated the story at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28
“I am not a “yes” man,” Keller wrote in a campaign Facebook page statement.
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Keller’s Facebook page went live over the weekend. He also said he decided to run last summer.
“I will do what is fair and right, and don’t mind being criticized if it is the right thing to do for our kids, our teachers, and our staff,” Keller also said.
While Keller’s opponent is Sean Dolan, it appears he has no intention to focus on Dolan during the race. Keller indicated that he is prepared to focus on his priorities and let the public judge Dolan without his involvement.
“This is not about anyone else that is running, or even me,” Keller wrote. “It is about our kids, our teachers, and our staff. I am not doing this for personal recognition. I just felt like it was time to give back to a school district and town that has given so much to me and to my family.”
According to his law firm’s website, Keller has vast experience in legal issues regarding real estate transactions.
“Mr. Keller advises and represents clients in the areas of real estate, construction, and business and commercial law matters,” states his firm’s website. Keller is a shareholder in the law firm Wycer, Kaplan, Pulaski, and Zuber which has offices in Houston and Arlington.
“In his real estate law practice, Mr. Keller represents clients in the acquisition, sale, development, leasing, investment, and financing of real estate, and in the negotiation and preparation of contracts of purchase and sale concerning undeveloped land, commercial property, office-warehouse projects, restaurants, condominiums, townhomes, and single family residences,” the firm website says.
Below is the full, unedited statement from Keller that we found on his Campaign Facebook page:
Friends, I have filed to run for the KISD Board of Trustees – Position 1. I have considered running for the Board for many years. I felt very strongly about it, as Katy is a very special place for me and my family. Last summer, like many of you, I became concerned with what is happening within our school district. I decided late last summer to run in this election.
No one recruited me to run. I reached out to a few people and asked what was involved in the process and how to do it.
I only casually know one of the current Board members. I have never personally spoken to any of the other Board members. I have not been involved in Katy politics, and as far as I know I do not personally know any of Katy’s current politicians.
This is not about anyone else that is running, or even me. It is about our kids, our teachers, and our staff. I am not doing this for personal recognition. I just felt like it was time to give back to a school district and town that has given so much to me and to my family.
If you know me personally, you know I am not a “yes” man. I will do what is fair and right, and don’t mind being criticized if it is the right thing to do for our kids, our teachers, and our staff.
I appreciate the support and the kind words, and I ask for your vote in this critical election.