Vote FOR Linda Mitchell Duran in RISD school board election

ROCKWALL – Three excellent candidates are running for the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees seat being vacated by Craig Zurek in the May 12 school board election:  former long-time Rockwall ISD teacher and counselor Linda Mitchell Duran, professional engineer Daniel Fuqua and medical equipment company salesman Brian Young.

Young has already been endorsed by Zurek and former board member Brad Lamberth, which speaks volumes in his behalf.

He is highly invested in RISD, with four daughters at RISD schools, has served for two years on the PTA Board at Pullen Elementary, where he also started Panther Dads. With his wife and daughters, theirs was one of the founding families of Sabine Creek Ranch Youth Camp.

A 1992 graduate of Baylor University, he says that he wants to ensure that emerging technology is made available to RISD students and he has an eye to planning for the future. He is personable and seems well-prepared to become a Trustee.

Fuqua has two daughters at Doris Cullins Lakepointe Elementary School. With an MBA from Amberton University, the graduate of Texas A&M is well-educated and seems focused on ensuring that taxpayers’ dollars are well-spent. The US Navy veteran says he supports transparency, fiscal responsibility and community input, so he should fit in well with other Board members.

As good as both of these candidates are, rarely does a candidate come along so experienced and so well-qualified to hold a school board seat as Duran.

After 12 years of teaching from pre-K through college level, she was a Rockwall High School academic guidance counselor, who assisted thousands of Rockwall students and their families.

Before obtaining a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Texas, she was raised in Rockwall and graduated from Rockwall High, as did her three daughters.

She was also just named Specialist of the Year for 2012 out of 6,000 Specialists for her work 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.

She has also been managing partner for her family’s business, Mitchell Property and Investments, since 2001.

Duran agrees that STAAR/TAKS testing has gone too far, supports school choice for parents, is opposed to students observing the annual “Day of Silence,” is opposed to school nurses assisting with students in getting abortions/medical treatment and has voted in all school board elections. She said she is an Independent voter who has voted for Republicans and Democrats.

Duran possesses a unique set of skills and values which will be of invaluable assistance to RISD. The combination of her educational expertise, business experience, and long-time commitment and concern for RISD make her the best choice to serve as the newest school board member.

We strongly urge you to vote for Linda Mitchell-Duran for RISD Board of Trustees.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher



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