Apr. 14, 2016 by Mitch Paradise, President, Paradise Development Partners

Who to Support in Dallas ISD Board Election

A strong local education system is essential to creating a pipeline of talented workers to fill the jobs of tomorrow and ensure economic growth and prosperity of our region. TREC has placed a high value on public education for decades. At the forefront of the conversation is the reform and success of Dallas ISD.

Our past support of pro-reform education initiatives has positively impacted local matters such as performance pay for teachers and expanded school choice options for parents. To continue this momentum, we must elect qualified, pro-reform candidates who support these and other initiatives that give all Dallas kids better outcomes and more opportunities for success.

At the school board election on Saturday, May 7, we have a unique opportunity to fill four board seats, which make up almost half of the nine-member school board. As TREC PAC Chair, I recently met with our PAC members to hear the candidates’ opinions and plans for Dallas ISD.

If you live in these districts, we hope you vote for TREC’s endorsed candidates:

District 2 (parts of North Dallas and East Dallas, including Lakewood)

Dustin Marshall is the ideal candidate to replace now TEA Commissioner Mike Morath on the school board. We are confident he will continue forward with the progress made in the last few years. Using data and proven strategies, he will continue to build opportunities for Dallas students’ success.

District 4 (South Eastern Dallas and Seagoville)

Jaime Resendez demonstrated an impressive depth of knowledge on issues facing the district. Jaime is what District 4 and all of Dallas ISD need. Born and raised in the district, Jaime is focused on giving back to the schools and kids that follow in his footsteps. He has created his own success in life and we are excited to see what he can do for Dallas students as a board member.

District 5 (Uptown Travis Academy south to Wilmer Hutchins)

Marquis Hawkins is the breath of fresh air District 5 needs. Fresh perspective in leadership can be incredibly powerful when it’s the right person with the right vision. Marquis has demonstrated a commitment to his community and a real understanding of what District 5’s schools, students and parents need.

District 7 (Oak Cliff and Cockrell Hill)

Isaac Faz has unparalleled vision for the district, as well as a personal interest in seeing his former schools and neighborhoods excel. His history of public education advocacy and support for Dallas ISD makes him the best candidate to continue to move District 7 forward.

If you would like to make a personal donation to the TREC PAC to financially support these candidates, please send a personal check to:

3100 McKinnon Street, Suite 1150
Dallas, Texas 75201

Should you have any questions about the DISD election or TREC PAC, contact Linda McMahon.

Mitch has spent the last 15 years in commercial real estate as a registered architect. He specializes in office, health care, mixed-use and residential developments. In addition to project work, Mitch has built a career in business development, forging trusted relationships.