Aaron Fraser, Texas

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Aaron Fraser
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Board Member, Northwest Board of Education, Place 6
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 10, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Personal
ProfessionCompliance and regulation educator
ReligionMethodist
Aaron Fraser was a candidate for the Place 6 seat on the Northwest school board in Texas. He was defeated by fellow challenger Lillian Rauch in the general election on May 10, 2014.

Biography

Fraser is a compliance and regulation educator. He has his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. He is active in his church, Fellowship United Methodist Church.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Northwest Independent School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Aaron Fraser ran against five challengers for the previously vacant Place 6 seat on May 10, 2014.

Results

Northwest Independent School District, Place 6, 3-year term, May 10, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLillian Rauch 44% 639
     Nonpartisan Kristi Wade 30.7% 445
     Nonpartisan Andrew Bennett 10.8% 156
     Nonpartisan Stan Durham 9.1% 132
     Nonpartisan Aaron Fraser 4.1% 59
     Nonpartisan Edward Mergenthal 1.4% 20
Total Votes 1,451
Source: Denton County Board of Elections, "Official Election Results," accessed June 23, 2014

Funding

Fraser did not file a campaign finance report with the Texas Ethics Commission.[2]

Endorsements

Fraser did not receive an endorsement in this election.

Campaign themes

Fraser stated the following about his campaign in a Q&A with Vote 411:[1]

Why are you running for the school board?
I decided to run for Seat #6 to ensure that our district and its students can be productive and meaningful citizens in the ever-changing workplace. We need self accountability for parents and students. My NISD board will promote this state of mind.

How does your background prepare you for this office?
I have taught in the elementary and corporate classrooms. Knowing what is necessary inside and outside the public schools, I will be able to make educated decisions for the welfare and well being of NISD students.

How will you balance school district revenue with educational needs?
Properly using funds is necessary for any organization. I am an advocate for effective use of technology during instructional times as well as properly funding training for our teachers. Of course, funding is the critical issue for any district. Working with Austin to properly fund education has been and will always be one of the most important duties for the board.

Explain how you will use your position to improve the quality of education.
Working with the superintendent, staff, PTA, and parents must be done. Listening to the concerns and fighting for what is needed is key. With 2 young children, I have a vested interest to make sound decisions to prepare them for high school, college, and beyond. I will work tirelessly to promote the attraction of quality teachers and training for all teachers for NISD.

What are the most important issues facing your school district, and how would you address them?
Growth is going to be an issue for NWISD. We are trending to be ten times the size in the next 25 to 30 years. Facilities as well as diversity will be an issue. I will work with the current administration to find the suitable locations as well as finding the funding. Working with our community leaders as well as our legislators will be the only way to ensure the sustainability of this growth. Growth will foster diversity. I worked with low income and minority kids. I know the challenges. [3]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

The May election decided the vacant Place 6, which had been unoccupied since member Kerry Jones resigned in May 2013. Jones, a freshman counselor, was placed on administrative leave in August 2012 and later indicted on four counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student. Six candidates competed for the Place 6 seat; Retired NISD educator Lillian Rauch came out on top.[4]

About the district

See also: Northwest Independent School District, Texas
Northwest Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas
Northwest Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas, though most of the district lies in Denton and Wise counties. The county seat of Tarrant County is Fort Worth. The county's population was 1,809,034 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]

Demographics

Tarrant County outperforms the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 29.1 percent of Tarrant County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3 percent rate for the state of Texas. Tarrant County had a median income of $56,859 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Tarrant County was 14.7 percent in 2010 compared to a 17.4 percent rate for the rest of the state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Tarrant County (%) Texas (%)
White 76.2 80.6
Black or African American 15.6 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.0
Asian 5.0 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 27.4 38.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

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