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SBOE Candidate: Dexter Smith

January 9, 2012

Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available).

Dexter Smith, District 8, D-Friendswood
(Current District 8 Board Member: Barbara Cargill-R-The Woodlands)

On Dec. 12, educator Dexter Smith filed to run as a Democrat in SBOE Dist. 7. The seat is currently held by David Bradley, R-Beaumont, who is running for reelection. Smith’s website is dextersmith4sboe.com.

My name is Dexter Smith. I am a father of four. My wife’s name is Toya and we have been married for 18 years. Our oldest child currently attends Texas Tech University and her younger siblings attend Clear Brook High in Clear Creek ISD.

Education
I am a graduate of La Marque High School. After graduation I attended Lamar University on a track and field scholarship. In 2001 I graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In December 2010 I graduated from University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Elementary Education. Currently I am enrolled in the Region IV principal certification program.

Professional
This school year will be my 11th year at Mainland Preparatory Academy. The majority of my time has been spent serving as the 3rd and 4th grade social studies teacher. I also serve in various capacities on campus that include Chair of the Social Studies Department, Chair of the Red Ribbon Committee, member of Campus Improvement Team and Student Council Sponsor. I’ve enjoyed the challenges and success of working with students over the years. I desire to sit of the State Board of Education District 7 because the decisions to inject political and personal values have become a distraction. It is time for educators to lead our schools on their mission of educating students. Professional educators are best qualified to create schools the students of Texas deserve and prepare them for life post-graduation.

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More Texas SBOE Candidate Filings

December 16, 2011

We’ve seen a flurry of additional candidate filings for Texas State Board of Education races over the last few days. We don’t yet have announcements or campaign websites for all of these candidates, but we wanted to list their names here. We have included other candidates who filed earlier but for whom we also don’t yet have formal announcements. You can find posts about those other SBOE candidates here.

TFN’s SBOE election watch page includes a full listing of candidates who have filed, including (when available) links to their campaign websites: tfn.org/SBOE2012. (If you have information about a candidate’s announcement and/or campaign website, please click here to let us know.)

The candidate filing period ends on Monday.

SBOE District 1
Carlos “Charlie” Garza, R-El Paso (incumbent)
Andres Muro, D-El Paso

SBOE District 2 (Current board member: Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi; not seeking re-election)
Veronica Anzaldua, R-McAllen
Trinita Graham Coretta, D-Corpus Christi
Ruben Cortez Jr., D-Brownsville
Celeste Zepeda Sanchez, D-San Benito

SBOE District 4
Lawrence Allen Jr., D-Fresno (incumbent)

SBOE District 5 (Current board member: Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio)
Rebecca Bell-Metereau, D-San Marcos

SBOE District 6 (Current board member: Terri Leo, R-Spring; not seeking re-election)
David Scott, D-Houston
Traci Jensen, D-Houston

SBOE District 7 (Current board member: David Bradley, R-BeaumontBuna)
Dexter Smith, D-Friendswood [Update: Smith is now filed as a candidate in District 8; that seat is held by Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands.)

SBOE District 10 (Current board member: Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown; not seeking re-election)
Tom Maynard, R-Florence

SBOE District 12 (Current board member: George Clayton, R-Richardson)
Lois Parrott, D-Richardson

SBOE District 13
Mavis Knight, D-Dallas (incumbent)

SBOE District 14
Gail Lowe, R-Lampasas (incumbent)