Andrew Bennett

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Andrew Bennett
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Northwest Board of Education, Place 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 10, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRegional market manager
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Andrew Bennett 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.


Bennett is a parent to a child with special needs and attends school board meetings regularly. He is a regional market manager, as well as a community activist and volunteer.[1]



See also: Northwest Independent School District elections (2014)


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


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


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


Bennett was endorsed by political activist Dwayne Stovall, as well as a number of community members.[3]

Campaign themes

Bennett advocated openly against Common Core. He developed a group called Northwest ISD Parents and Teachers against the Common Core on Facebook to reach out to other area parents with comparable educational concerns. He became interested in running for the board by attending school board meetings as a concerned parent.[4]

In a Q&A with Star-Telegram, Bennett stated the following about his campaign promises:[1]

As an NISD School Board Trustee, I pledge:

To be a representative of the people of Northwest ISD, a voice for parents and classroom teachers but not for the federal education agenda.

To give classroom teachers a voice by going to them to ask for their input, listening to their concerns and praises, and making sure that NISD School Board decisions impact classrooms in a positive manner.

To increase local control over discipline by being highly involved with other parents and classroom teachers to ensure the placement of current classroom teachers “of record” on discipline management committees. Classroom teachers work directly with students in an educational setting and understand the importance of a well-disciplined classroom atmosphere in which students can learn.

To demonstrate fiscal responsibility by requiring independent, peer-reviewed, replicated research showing proven academic achievement before approving funds for instructional materials (e.g., curriculum management systems, technology, technology support, salaries, etc.).

To be fiscally responsible over local taxpayers’ dollars by expecting school administrators and school board members to pay for their own professional dues, travel, and convention expenses (e.g., TASA, TASB) just as classroom teachers do.

To support Texas HB 462 and fight the Common Core Standards and its intrusive, federal agenda.

To battle against the intrusive data collection of student, teacher, and parent data by third-party entities and the federal government.

To work tirelessly to make sure Special Needs students receive the appropriate services that they need and deserve.

To make sure that public information is easily accessible to the taxpayers of NISD. [5]

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.[6]

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.[7]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8]

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