Are you a legal resident of the district you’re seeking to represent? Yes
Have you ever been convicted of a crime? No
Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? No
Do you have any unpaid property taxes? No
Do you have any unpaid parking tickets? No
Do you have any other debts to a public entity? No
If elected will you work at the job full time? Job is not full-time.
Will you continue to own or operate an outside business while holding this full-time public office? Position is unpaid so I will continue to run my business.
Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book? Yes
Will you keep regular office hours? At least 50 hours a week.
Q. Why should voters choose you? What are your specific qualifications for the position?
A. Qualifications: For the past twelve years I have represented this community’s core values on the State Board of Education. I am a parent a self-employed businessman and a taxpayer. Served as chairman of the committee which oversaw approval and implementation of three charter schools in Galveston County.
Q. What are the issues in this campaign? What is your platform on those issues?
A. True Local Control: Where teachers are free to teach the curriculum — not forced to teach the TAKS test.
Common Sense Reform: Proven methods — not fads. Fought to ensure that young students memorize their multiplication tables rather than rely on calculators. ...
Rigorous Standards: Made curriculum standards more rigorous. Returned phonics grammar and spelling to the study of English. Forced changes to health textbook standards that previously ignored parental involvement and authority. ....
Protect The Permanent School Fund For Future Generations: I will continue to work to ensure that our children’s textbook fund is invested safely and steers clear of risky ventures.
School Choice: Parents have the right to send their child to the school of their choice using their tax dollars.
Science Curriculum: Next year our Board is embarking on a two-year process of updating the science curriculum. Liberals are already looking to remove language that ensures that all students learn the difference between fact and theory. ... Input from educators parents and business people will ensure we have the most comprehensive and accurate standards for our classrooms.
English As Our Official Language: Of utmost importance is that all students be provided the opportunity to meet the same high standards. Students speaking languages other than English should not be handicapped by being taught in foreign languages. ...
Q. Tell us a about yourself. How old are you? What is your occupation? What is your highest level of education?
A. Family Man: Age 50; lifelong resident of Southeast Texas; married 29 years. Two children: daughter licensed vocational nurse; and a son cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy
Successful Businessman: Self-employed for 23 years; insurance and real estate development
... Education: Houston I.S.D.’s High School for Health Professions 1976; Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets; University of Houston