Kris Allfrey

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Kris Allfrey
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Board member, Fort Bend Board of Trustees, Position 5
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 10, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Personal
ProfessionBusiness owner
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Kris Allfrey was a candidate for the Position 5 seat on the Fort Bend Board of Trustees in Texas. He lost election against fellow challenger KP George 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] Allfrey was previously a 2012 Republican candidate for District 27 of the Texas House of Representatives.

Biography

Allfrey served for six years in the U.S. Army prior to starting his business career. He owns The Legal Wizards, Inc. as well as a Cartridge World franchise. Allfrey and his wife, Sherrie, have three children who have attended district schools.[2]

Elections

2014

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

Opposition

Kris Allfrey sought election to the Position 5 seat against incumbent Patsy Taylor and fellow challenger KP George 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

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

Endorsements

Allfrey received no official endorsements in this election.

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Allfrey ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 27. Allfrey ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by incumbent Ron Reynolds (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Reynolds Incumbent 69% 42,304
     Republican Kris Allfrey 29.5% 18,119
     Libertarian John Henry Petter IV 1.5% 920
Total Votes 61,343

Campaign themes

2014

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

Fiscally Sound Budget

Adopting a fiscally sound budget for FBISD is one of the most important functions of the Board of Trustees. While the Administration is tasked with presenting a budget to the board each year, it is the Board's responsibility to guarantee that the budget that it presented and ultimately approved is based on sound and sensible fiscal policies and principals. The Board must continually evaluate revenues and expenditures throughout the year in order to secure the district's compliance to the budget's limitations while making adjustments as needed.

I am committed to making FBISD a fiscally responsible school district. As a Board member, I will be actively involved with the Staff of FBISD in certifying that expenditures over $25,000 are properly evaluated by the Board before they are expended. By achieving the goal of being a fiscally sound and responsible school district, we will maintain a high financial rating and will benefit from lower interest rates on our debt. Only through debt reduction can we expect tax relief in the future.

Safe & Secure Schools

Upon our students entering our schools their safety and security is our number one priority. Maintaining a safe environment so that our students can focus on learning is an achievable goal. That goal is accomplished by promoting programs that prevent violence while assisting our students in building strong interpersonal relationships. Additionally, we must have dependable systems in place to ensure the security of our students while they are in our schools. These programs and systems must be adequately communicated to our students, parents and faculty in an effective and efficient manner, allowing all to feel safe and secure in all FBISD facilities.

I am committed to the goal of providing such an environment and working with the staff and community to assure that the programs and systems we have already established, and those we plan to implement, are not only adequate, but are updated and communicated to all who have a vested interest in a positive learning environment. By achieving our goal of a safe and secure school district, we allow our students, teachers and administrators to focus on educational success.

[5]

—Kris Allfrey's campaign website, (2014), [6]

2012

Allfrey stated that he is opposed to the franchise (margin) tax. On education he stated, "I believe to have a prosperous state we must have a sound K-12 education system that is focused on graduating young adults from high school that are prepared to enter college or trade schools. All children in the Texas system should have the same opportunity to excel and advance in their educational opportunities. Our education system must be based on higher learning not memorization of answers to a test."[7]

He listed the following as his priorities: "Improve Public Education, Decrease the size of State Government, Eliminate Property tax for Public Education, Eliminate the Franchise Tax, Reform the State Sales Tax System."[8]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

Accusations of campaign sign stealing

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.[9]

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. 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.[10]

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:[11]

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.[11]

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.[11]

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.[11]

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.[12] Fort Bend Independent School District is the seventh-largest school district in Texas, serving 69,449 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[13]

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.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2010[12]
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[14]
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[15]

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