Former teacher Stephanie Korteweg will join the Waco ISD board of trustees after ousting incumbent Colbert Murphy, who came in last behind his two challengers.
Murphy got 57 votes, or 16 percent, while Korteweg received 178 votes — 50 percent — and the Rev. Pamela Rivera followed with 120 votes, or 34 percent.
Murphy, 42, a language tutor and coaching consultant, was elected in 2014 to the District 2 seat in East Waco to finish Alex Williams’ term after his retirement. Soon after the election, the Tribune-Herald learned that Murphy owed about $45,000 in unpaid child support for adult son from a one-time liaison about 20 years ago. In late April, Murphy said he spent the last year paying off his debt and the issue had been resolved.
Murphy said Saturday that the initiatives the board has put in place will go forward. He did not directly address Korteweg’s win.
Korteweg, 38, said Saturday night she was still reeling from the results but that she felt great and was excited voters chose her.
“I’m really, really thankful. The community support obviously has been huge and with the Waco election being one of the biggest, it’s been great. It’s been fun to meet all these different people and collaborate too with people,” said Korteweg, a former Waco ISD teacher who is now director of a mentorship program for Antioch Community Church.
Korteweg said she’d spend Saturday evening picking up campaign signs, before celebrating with close friends and supporters.
“I’m super excited to roll up my sleeves and get in there,” she said. “I have a lot of ideas, and I know it will take a lot of collaboration.”
Rivera, 59, pastor at St. Luke’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, said she wishes Korteweg well and that the campaign was an amazing experience. Rivera said she’s thankful to have met so many people during this process.
“I will continue to work to help our children from where I am,” she said.
Rivera ran on her experience in mobilizing her congregation to provide community outreach. The St. Luke’s congregation is involved in multiple programs that assist parents in furthering their education, including a GED program in the Estella Maxey housing project and a career booth at the Low Income Families in Transition workshop at First Baptist Church of Waco.