3 candidates running for Rockwall ISD school board to replace Zurek

ROCKWALL – Three candidates are running in the May 14 Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees Place 3 election to replace outgoing board member Craig Zurek.

They are:

  • Former long-time Rockwall High School teacher and academic/guidance counselor Linda Mitchell Duran
  • Engineer, safety and risk management professional Daniel Fuqua (center photo)
  • Medical equipment company manager and salesman Brian Young

Early voting dates are April 30 – May 8.

View a full list of polling locations for early voting and Election Day.

Linda Mitchell Duran

Duran says she is a retired educator who worked as a teacher and counselor for 35 years, from pre-K through college level. For 23 of those years, she said she was a Rockwall High School academic guidance counselor, who assisted thousands of Rockwall students and their families.

She added that she is currently working with The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children as a certified trainer and consultant, where she has authored an online course for the certification of Trauma and Loss Specialists.

A life-long resident of Rockwall, Duran wrote that her parents – Lee and Helen Mitchell – first moved to Rockwall in 1952 and were involved in the business community. She said she and her three siblings graduated from Rockwall High School, as did her three children with her husband Samuel Duran.

She said she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/German, and from the University of Texas Permian Basin with an Master’s Degree in Counseling.

Duran said she became managing partner for her family’s business, Mitchell Property and Investments, in 2001.

“I know what it is like to make a budget and stick to it all the while expecting the unexpected,” she said. “I also understand the need to keep the property taxes low so our businesses can grow and prosper.”

“My goal is to serve the children, parents, teachers and taxpayers of the Rockwall Independent School District with experience and diligence,” explained Duran, “and I believe I possess a unique set of skills and values which can help this district as it proceeds through the twenty-first century. The combination of my educational expertise, business experience, and long-time commitment and love for the communities of Rockwall County specifically equip me to serve as a Rockwall School Board Trustee.”

Duran can be reached at lindamitchellduran@gmail.com. She has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/linda.duran.96

Daniel Fuqua

Fuqua says he is a Professional Engineer (P.E.), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), with experience serving on the boards of local and national organizations.

A 15-year resident of Rockwall, he wrote in a news release that he has two daughters at Doris Cullins Lakepointe Elementary School, where he has been able to “witness first-hand the excellent teachers and administrators we have in the district.”

He said he is a graduate of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX with a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering.  He also has an MBA from Amberton University, Garland, TX.

He said he is a military veteran who served six years in the US Navy aboard the USS Ray, a fast-attack submarine based out of Charleston, SC.

He said his goal is to serve the children of Rockwall ISD by ensuring that the district is a good steward of the taxpayers’ money while providing a quality education.

“The focus of my campaign is to support transparency, fiscal responsibility and a quality education for all students in Rockwall ISD,” he wrote. “I support transparency and community input so that all stakeholders have an opportunity to express their concerns to the Board.”

“I support living within our means, using financial resources wisely and making financial decisions in an open and transparent way. I support balanced funding of programs that reach out to all students, to map a path to success for them as an individual, according to their own goals.

To learn more visit: www.Vote4Fuqua.com.

Brian Young

Young says he has spent 18 years selling and managing teams in the medical industry. He currently works for Stryker Orthopaedics, according to his Facebook page.

He is endorsed by outgoing school board member Craig Zurek and former board member Brad Lamberth.

On his campaign literature it reads that he and his wife have four daughters who attend RISD schools. He writes that he has been leading and teaching children, youth and adults for 18 years, and is currently the director of Team Promise Makers at his church. In addition, he started Panther Dads at Pullen Elementary, where he served two years on their PTA Board. He added that theirs was one of the founding families of Sabine Creek Ranch Youth Camp.

Young states that he is a 1992 graduate of Baylor University and a conservative Republican.

He says he wants to represent his daughters and the families of RISD as a board member so he can help plan properly for the future.

“As a husband and father that is highly invested with four daughters in RISD, I have an extreme desire to represent my daughters, their friends, teachers and families of RISD to assure educational excellence for generations to come,” he wrote. “Excellence of the past will not assure the same future, it must be planned for.”

He states that current RISD challenges are:

  • Budget shortfall
  • Technology update needs
  • Need for future equality and future capacity
  • Alignment of School Board with a five-year strategic plan

For more info about Young, call 214-405-2962. His Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003505502343

By J.J. Smith, Publisher







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