Thiele announces mayoral candidacy

By George Slaughter
Posted 1/11/22

Dusty Thiele, the former Katy City Council member, announced his candidacy for Katy mayor Tuesday.

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Thiele announces mayoral candidacy

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Dusty Thiele, the former Katy City Council member, announced his candidacy for Katy mayor Tuesday.

Thiele hopes to succeed incumbent Mayor Bill Hastings, who last month announced he would not seek a second term in office, choosing instead to retire and focus on his family.

In a statement announcing his candidacy, Thiele said it was an exciting time for the city as it focuses on updating its various plans, including a mobility plan totaling about $33 million approved by the Katy City Council Monday.

“I also want to ensure the ongoing work of drainage and flood mitigation improvements, updates to aging infrastructure and the management of growth while continuing to offer high quality city services,” Thiele said.

Thiele, who works in insurance, has been a Katy resident since 1991. He has served on the council twice. Former Mayor Don Elder Jr. appointed Thiele to fill an unexpired term for a Ward B council seat. More recently, Hastings appointed Thiele to fill an unexpired term for a Ward A council seat.

Thiele is chairman for the City of Katy Convention and Tourism Bureau Board and sits on the City of Katy Zoning Board. He has served both positions for almost 10 years. Thiele was selected to the city’s committee to vet developers for the Katy Boardwalk District, and he also currently serves on the Village of Katy Development District Board. Along with many years of serving the City of Katy, Thiele is an active member of the Rotary Club of Katy.

.The mayor’s position is the only municipal office on the ballot in the May election. Term of office is three years.

Thiele’s decision comes after Chris Harris, council member-at-large and mayor pro tem, said Friday he would not seek the mayoralty, preferring to both remain in his current role and focus on his other community responsibilities.

Filing deadline is Feb. 18. The election is in May 7.

Dusty Thiele, City of Katy, election, mayor

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