Bruce Albright

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Bruce Albright
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Board member, Fort Bend Board of Trustees, Position 4
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 10, 2014
First electedMay 14, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Central Florida
Personal
ProfessionInternet sales manager
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bruce Albright is a former board member who represented Position 4 on the Fort Bend Board of Trustees in Texas. He first won election to the board in 2011. Albright lost re-election against Kristin K. Tassin in the general election on May 10, 2014. Position 4 is the lone at-large seat on the board with the member selected from anywhere within the district's boundaries.[1]

Biography

Albright earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida in 1978. He currently works as an Internet sales manager for Helfman Ford in Sugar Land.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Fort Bend Independent School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Bruce Albright sought re-election to the Position 4 seat against three challengers in the general election on May 10, 2014.

Results

Fort Bend Independent School District, Position 4 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKristin K. Tassin 41.1% 4,848
     Nonpartisan Bruce Albright Incumbent 30.8% 3,637
     Nonpartisan Deron R. Harrington 22.3% 2,634
     Nonpartisan Rodrigo Carreon 5.8% 683
Total Votes 11,802
Source: Fort Bend County Elections, "Official Results," May 21, 2014

Funding

Albright reported no contributions or expenditures to the district office prior to the election.[3]

Endorsements

Albright did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2011

Fort Bend Independent School District, Position 4 General Election, 3-year term, May 14, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Albright 39.8% 3,348
     Nonpartisan Daniel Menendez 32.2% 2,712
     Nonpartisan Kevin P. Daniels 24% 2,020
     Nonpartisan Rodrigo Carreon 4% 340
Total Votes 8,420
Source: Fort Bend County Elections, "Cumulative Report," May 19, 2011

Campaign themes

2014

Albright's campaign website listed major themes for 2014:

Bruce built coalitions to cut bond debt, keep taxes low, raise teachers salaries and improve working conditions , restore fiscal restraint and policies to make us an ever competitive district to deliver the best in public schools at the lowest possible cost.

Bruce is a self-less and independent Trustee with innovative ideas to make our school district the # 1 school district in Texas.

Bruce is a Trustee dedicated to improving academics and the Career & Technical Education of our students. His children came up through the FBISD System and He and his family have lived in the FBISD for over 30 years .

Bruce is a dedicated Trustee with the interest of all 70,000 students in mind , dedicated husband, father, local civic and business leader that has brought Common Sense Leadership for the betterment of all families in FBISD.

[4]

—Bruce Albright's campaign website, (2014), [5]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

Accusations of campaign sign stealing

Position 5 candidate Kris Allfrey filed a complaint with the Meadows Place police accusing Albright of stealing his campaign signs. Allfrey discovered that campaign signs placed on the property of a local Ford dealership were stolen twice prior to the election. He placed a camera on a tree near the property to gather evidence against the sign thief. Allfrey's police complaint included photos of Albright removing the signs from Helfman Ford's property. Albright responded that he removed the signs because Allfrey did not have permission to place the signs on private property. Local police are investigating the case as of May 8, 2014.[6]

Candidate criticisms on Facebook

The FBISD Concerns page on Facebook developed into an open forum for criticisms against several board candidates. The page is operated by district residents and not affiliated with the district. Position 4 candidate Kristin K. Tassin faced criticism for conducting an interview with the local Fox TV station as a representative of the district's steering committee. Critics noted that district policy prevents candidates from representing the district in public. Tassin countered that she was selected due to scheduling conflicts by other committee members. She also noted that she did not claim to represent the district and provided answers based on her committee experience. Kris Allfrey also questioned Albright's military service after a dispute with an Albright supporter. Allfrey posted documents detailing his service in the U.S. Army and Albright did not respond prior to the election.[7]

April 27 candidate forum

The Fort Bend Voter Forum hosted a candidate forum at Sienna Branch Library on April 27, 2014. Here are highlights from the forum detailed by district:[8]

Position 1

Ramesh Cherivirala, Sardar Qaisar Imam and C.J. Udoagwu participated in the April 27 forum. Cherivirala stated that the biggest issue facing the district is the significant growth in enrollment. He argued that community members will need to work with board members to find a middle ground on bonds, rezoning and other growth-related issues. Imam noted that board members and the community will need to exhibit patience as the district's continued growth will strain resources in the future. Udoagwu cited teacher recruitment and retention as an important issue for district schools. He suggested that the district needs to offer salaries competitive with neighboring districts and hire teaching aides across the district.[8]

Position 4

Albright, Rodrigo Carreon and Kristin K. Tassin participated in the April 27 forum. Albright, Carreon and Tassin discussed the emphasis in district classrooms on state assessments. Albright and Tassin stated that too much weight was placed on state assessments when determining the success of students and teachers. Carreon argued that students weren't learning enough ahead of state assessments and teachers should assign more homework to improve assessment scores.[8]

Position 5

KP George and Patsy Taylor participated in the April 27 forum. George and Taylor agreed that the district should not solely focus on college preparedness in developing curriculum. George argued that students who weren't prepared for college or didn't want four-year degrees should be taught life skills necessary for employment after graduation. Taylor advocated for inclusion of associate degree courses into the district's high schools to prepare graduates for future employment opportunities.[8]

About the district

See also: Fort Bend Independent School District, Texas
Fort Bend Independent School District is located in Fort Bend County, Texas
Fort Bend Independent School District is located in Sugar Land, a city in Fort Bend County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Sugar Land is home to 82,480 residents.[9] Fort Bend Independent School District is the seventh-largest school district in Texas, serving 69,449 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]

Demographics

Sugar Land outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 53.8 percent of Sugar Land residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Sugar Land was $107,149 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Sugar Land was 4.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2010[9]
Race Sugar Land (%) Texas (%)
White 52.0 70.4
Black or African American 7.4 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.7
Asian 35.3 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 10.6 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[11]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 46.0 52.9
2008 48.5 50.8
2004 42.1 57.3

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[12]

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