Gulf Coast Candidates


Abby Whitmire – Humble ISD Board of Trustees, Position 4

Humble ISD covers over 90 square miles of northeast Harris County, including the communities of Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Fall Creek, and Eagle Springs. The population in the district is expected to rise from 40,500 to approximately 52,000 by 2025 – necessitating the construction of six new schools by 2022, including one high school, the seventh for the district. The district is 19.1% African American, 34.1% Latino, 40.9% White, and 5.9% Other. Almost nine percent of Humble ISD are Limited English Proficient and almost 34% are considered economically disadvantaged.

In the summer of 2016, the school board hired a controversial superintendent who had helped implement a private school voucher program in her previous job. The hiring of Dr. Liz Fagen as Superintendent was done over the very vocal objections of a large segment of the district. Many people in the district are still upset about that, and upset about how the board handled her hiring and how they tried to explain it to the public. A group of parents organized against this hire, and while we were ultimately unsuccessful in that objective, we have continued to serve in the role of watchdog for board and general district matters.

I believe all children in Texas deserve a great, well-resourced school with respected and empowered teachers, regardless of where they live or how much money their family makes. I’m hoping to earn the votes of concerned parents in the district who want to protect public education.

We know what works in education: Small class sizes, rich curriculums, experienced and accomplished teachers, and a system of support that helps to manage problems when students lose focus or fall behind. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. If I am elected to the school board, these will be my priorities.

Jessie G. Campbell, Katy City Council, Ward B

As a City Council member, I will provide sensible, solution-oriented leadership. I believe strongly that good governance comes from having both an open mind and strong values and from choosing to treat people with dignity and respect.

My top three priorities will be: support Katy’s charm with managed growth, create more transparency, and plan to keep Katy moving forward.

(1) I will work to protect Katy’s charm through managed growth, smart economic development, and flood management. One of my top priorities will be to address the construction in Historic Downtown Katy to better support the local small business owners.

(2) Katy citizens have a right to know what is going on in their city. I will work aggressively to make the City more open and transparent, starting immediately with an updated website.

(3) Finally, as Katy grows, it needs a road map to know where it is going. I will work to create a long-term City plan with 5-year and 10-year benchmarks, including both economic and cultural goals.

Nakisha Paul, Texas City ISD Board of Trustees District 3

Hello, my name is Nakisha Paul, and I am running for Board of Trustee for the Texas City Independent School District 3. I have 6 years of experience governing School Board issues while advocating for children, parents, and the community.

I am asking for your vote because I believe that I have an ability to influence change while making lasting impressions and creating relationships. I CARE about my community. I am COMPETENT to demonstrate an exceptional capacity for professional leadership, inquiry, and activism on behalf of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. And, I am COMMITTED to working with students, parents, and staff in educationally challenging situations.

I am a product of private and public schools in La Marque, TX. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Texas State University and, in 2011, a Masters of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. Building on my education, I established myself as an innovative entrepreneur, change agent and leader working within a large hospital system where I designed and successfully implemented new systems and services.

Leadership Experience
As Board President, I led adoption of a financial solvency plan that was approved by the Texas Education Agency and increased the district fund balance to $6,900,000. I also served as a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) delegate for two years, voting on education issues in the state of Texas at the association’s assembly. My achievements have been recognized by nomination for TASB leadership. Now, a Master Trustee, the highest designation of a school board member, I provided consultation and support to school board members throughout the state.

Volunteer Service
I have also contributed significantly to community service as a volunteer. I proudly serve as secretary/treasurer for the La Marque Alumni Association. I assist with articulating the association’s vision and mission to donors, alumni, volunteers and the business community. I have led fundraisers and helped raise more than $10,000 for student assistance. I have also chaired four community wide parades for MLK.
With these experiences, I am prepared to serve in this important role, and again, I ask for your vote.

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