KP George

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KP George
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Board member, Fort Bend Board of Trustees, Position 5
Incumbent
Term ends
May 2017
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 10, 2014
First electedMay 10, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionFinancial planner
Websites
Campaign website
KP George currently represents Position 5 on the Fort Bend Board of Trustees in Texas. He won election against incumbent Patsy Taylor and challenger Kris Allfrey in the general election on May 10, 2014. Position 5 is one of three seats selected from residents of eastern Sugar Land. Each member represents the entire district.[1] He was previously a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 22nd Congressional District of Texas.

Biography

George was born in southern India and completed his undergraduate degree before arriving in the United States in 1993. He has since worked as a financial planner and currently co-owns a planning practice with six colleagues. George is currently the president of the Hightower High School Academy Booster Club. He and his wife, Sheeba, have three children who have attended district schools.[2]

Elections

2014

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

Opposition

KP George sought election to the Position 5 seat against incumbent Patsy Taylor and fellow challenger Kris Allfrey in the general election on May 10, 2014.

Results

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

Funding

George reported $1,100.00 in contributions and $3,393.99 in expenditures to the district office, leaving his campaign with $2,293.99 in debt prior to the election.[3]

Endorsements

George did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2012

See also: Texas' 22nd Congressional District elections, 2012

George ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 22nd District. He was defeated by Kesha Rogers in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012.[4][5]

Campaign themes

2014

George's campaign website listed the following themes for 2014:

  • Teacher Morale: Recent discussions with a variety of teachers show that although it is better than it was years ago, teacher morale not where it needs to be. Studies also show that there is a correlation between high teacher morale and student achievement. I intend to make teacher morale a priority because I have seen high teacher morale and how it positively impacts student achievement. I have every intention to work with teachers and listen to their needs in order to accomplish a workplace where they are fully supported to do what they were hired to do: Teach.
  • Taxes: Being a Board Certified Financial Planner and money manager I understand money and I intend on ensuring responsible and completely transparent spending of your tax dollars.
  • Excellence in Education: I believe that every student that attends our school system should be given the appropriate tools they need to succeed in whichever path they choose to take. Our children are our future.
  • Vocational (Trade) School Learning Programs: I support and would like to promote more vocational or trade school curriculum within Fort Bend ISD school system with the help of business community in Houston Metro area.

  • Promote Healthy Lifestyle in Schools: Approximately 17% of children and teens in the United States are obese or overweight, compared to 5 to 6.5% in the 1980s. With the help of our local healthcare professionals, I would like to promote and teach our children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Accomplish the True Purpose of Education: From discussions with recent high school graduates, I have heard that their main concern is that high school doesn’t prepare them for the real world. The purpose of school is to prepare our future generation to be productive citizens of our society. Teaching our kids the basics of life and how to apply that into their daily lives is the primary purpose of education, and I wholeheartedly believe in this purpose.

[6]

—KP George's campaign website, (2014), [7]

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

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]

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.[11] Fort Bend Independent School District is the seventh-largest school district in Texas, serving 69,449 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[12]

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.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2010[11]
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[13]
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.[14]

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