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Fort Bend Independent School District elections (2014)

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2014 Fort Bend Independent School District Elections

General Election date:
May 10, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Texas
Fort Bend Independent School District
Fort Bend County, Texas ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Texas
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Three seats on the Fort Bend Board of Trustees were up for general election on May 10, 2014. Jason Burdine defeated fellow challengers Ramesh Cherivirala, Sardar Qaisar Imam and C.J. Udoagwu for the Position 1 seat. Position 4 incumbent Bruce Albright was defeated by challenger Kristin K. Tassin with Deron R. Harrington and Rodrigo Carreon placing third and fourth. Newcomer KP George defeated incumbent Patsy Taylor and fellow challenger Kris Allfrey in the Position 5 race.

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.[1] Fort Bend Independent School District is the seventh-largest school district in Texas, serving 69,449 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
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[3]
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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Fort Bend Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. The board includes three residents of the city's east side, three residents of the city's west side and one residents from any location in the district. Each member represents the entire district. There was no primary election and a general election took place on May 10, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and two seats will be up for election in May 2016.[5]

Candidates for the Board of Trustees submitted paperwork with the school district secretary by February 28, 2014. Each candidate must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the district for at least six months. Members filed two campaign finance reports with the district clerk prior to the election unless they did not receive or spend $500 during the campaign.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Jason Burdine Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, Texas A&M University
    • Investment consultant
  • Ramesh Cherivirala Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Osmania University
    • Partner, New York Life Insurance Company
  • Sardar Qaisar Imam Defeatedd
    • Graduate, The College of Wooster
    • Project management consultant
  • C.J. Udoagwu Defeatedd
    • Graduate, University of Houston and University of Houston-Victoria
    • Educator

  • Bruce Albright Defeatedd
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Central Florida
    • Internet sales manager, Helfman Ford
  • Rodrigo Carreon Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Alvin Community College
    • Self-employed electrician
  • Deron R. Harrington Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Oklahoma State University and South Texas College of Law
    • Attorney and certified public accountant
    • Veteran, U.S. Army
  • Kristin K. Tassin Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, Louisiana State University Law Center
    • Lawyer, Dry & Tassin, PLLC
    • Co-founder, Father's Joy

  • Kris Allfrey Defeatedd
    • Owner, The Legal Wizards, Inc.
    • Veteran, U.S. Army
  • KP George Green check mark transparent.png
    • Independent financial planner
  • Patsy Taylor Defeatedd
    • Incumbent
    • Program specialist, Texas Health & Human Services Commission

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Election results

Fort Bend Independent School District, Position 1 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJason Burdine 39.5% 4,855
     Nonpartisan Sardar Qaisar Imam 28.2% 3,470
     Nonpartisan Ramesh Cherivirala 24.7% 3,042
     Nonpartisan C.J. Udoagwu 7.5% 925
Total Votes 12,292
Source: Fort Bend County Elections, "Official Results," May 21, 2014


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


Fort Bend Independent School District, Position 5 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKP George 36.7% 4,188
     Nonpartisan Patsy Taylor Incumbent 35.3% 4,036
     Nonpartisan Kris Allfrey 28% 3,203
Total Votes 11,427
Source: Fort Bend County Elections, "Official Results," May 21, 2014

Endorsements

Outgoing Position 1 member Susan Hohnbaum endorsed Ramesh Cherivirala in the 2014 election.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $46,887.11 and spent a total of $42,523.62, according to the district office.[7]

In the Position 1 race, candidates raised a total of $34,005.00 and spent a total of $23,545.90.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jason Burdine $4,950.00 $5,359.71 -$409.71
Ramesh Cherivirala $7,620.00 $4,805.79 $2,814.21
Sardar Qaisar Imam $13,435.00 $5,739.83 $7,695.17
C.J. Udoagwu $8,000.00 $7,640.57 $360.43

In the Position 4 race, candidates raised a total of $11,782.11 and spent a total of $15,583.73.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Bruce Albright $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Rodrigo Carreon $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Deron R. Harrington $8,750.00 $8,026.45 $723.55
Kristin K. Tassin $3,032.11 $7,557.28 -$4,525.17

In the Position 5 race, candidates raised a total of $1,000.00 and spent a total of $3,393.99.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Kris Allfrey $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
KP George $1,100.00 $3,393.99 -$2,293.99
Patsy Taylor $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

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 Position 4 incumbent Bruce 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.[8]

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 Bruce 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.[9]

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:[10]

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.[10]

Position 4

Bruce 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.[10]

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.[10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Fort Bend Independent School District election in 2014:[5]

Deadline Event
January 29, 2014 First day to file paperwork for ballot placement
February 28, 2014 Last day to file paperwork for ballot placement
March 5, 2014 Last day to withdraw from ballot
April 10, 2014 Due date for first campaign finance report
April 10, 2014 Last day for voter registration with county clerk
May 1, 2014 Last day to request mailed ballot from county clerk
May 2, 2014 Due date for second campaign finance report
May 10, 2014 Election day
May 21, 2014 Final day for canvassing of votes
July 15, 2014 Last campaign finance report for election

Additional elections on the ballot

The Fort Bend Board of Trustees election shared the ballot with elections for mayor and two seats on the Sugar Land City Council.[11]

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