Local Election Candidate and Voting Information

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Early voting for the 2012 Joint Elections for Duncanville City Council and Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees starts April 30 and runs through May 8, with Election Day on May 12.

April 30 thru May 5, voting is from 8am to 5pm each day, and on Sunday May 6, voting is 1pm to 6pm. On May 7 and May 8, voting will be from 7am to 7pm.

In Duncanville, the early voting location is at the Duncanville Library, 201 James Collins Blvd. Click here for a complete list of early voting times and locations.

MyDuncanville.com will be providing coverage on the evening of Election Day on May 12, starting with early voting totals that will be available after the polls close that evening, through the final count.

The candidate information is from the 2012 Candidates Forum, co-sponsored by the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and the Duncanville Rotary Club, which was held on Thursday, April 24 at the Shine Performance Hall on the Duncanville High School Campus.

The candidate information is listed in the same order as they will appear on the official ballot.

Mayor

Deborah Hodge

Deborah Hodge was born Deborah Wallace in Davenport, Iowa in 1950. Her father, Warren, was a farmer who supplemented his family’s income by working the second shift at ALCOA. He also built and established Wallace’s Garden Center and Greenhouse, a successful business, that is still in operation today. Her Mother, Esther, lost her battle with breast cancer when Deborah was six years old. Deborah spent many hours working in the fields and family business, learning the value of hard work and good business management. It was during these early years of her life that Deborah made a lifetime commitment to wholeheartedly follow God.

Deborah met Lyle Hodge through the youth ministry at Grandview Baptist Church soon after he returned home from his tour of duty in Vietnam. They were married in 1970 and had five children before moving their family to Texas in 1985. After settling here, Dr. Hodge concentrated on establishing Hodge Chiropractic Clinic while Deborah devoted herself to nurturing their family. All five of their children have since graduated from Duncanville High School. Deborah and Lyle’s home is a busy place with frequent visits by their children and grandchildren. Currently, Deborah works as the Manager of Business Affairs for Hodge Chiropractic Clinic on Cedar Ridge Road in Duncanville.

In 2003, motivated by an eminent domain lawsuit filed by the City to take their family’s home away from them, Deborah entered the world of Duncanville politics. In 2006, after saving their home from eminent domain, Deborah was elected to be the Councilmember from District 4 and served until 2008. Deborah also served on the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation until she resigned in February to run for Mayor.

Deborah is a 2005 graduate of the Duncanville Citizens Fire Academy and served as the Treasurer of its Alumni Association in 2006. She is also a 2010 graduate of the Duncanville Citizen’s Police Academy and is an active member of the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. Deborah was a mentor at Duncanville High School in a program sponsored by the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church to help students achieve their goals. Deborah is also a volunteer with Sound Options Pregnancy Services in Duncanville. Deborah has been a member of the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce since 1985.

In addition to her church, family, business, and civic activities, Deborah has served as a volunteer with the Dallas County Medical Reserve Corp. and is a trained Disaster Reserve Volunteer through the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist with any Emergency Disaster Relief Shelter at Faith Bible Church. Deborah’s hobbies include gardening, reading, and league bowling at Red Bird Lanes in Duncanville.

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

Duncanville is facing several big issues. Which issue you consider the biggest will depend on your personal experiences within Duncanville. If you are the victim of a purse snatching or home invasion, then you might consider crime to be the biggest issue facing Duncanville.

Since we all can see the empty storefronts, and we all know that taxes are high and revenues are down, you may be inclined to feel that economic development or being more business friendly is the biggest issue.

Or maybe you have felt ashamed or just disgusted while watching a City Council meeting that has been controlled through disrespect and intolerance. Then our need for quality leaders could be the biggest issue for you.

You own experiences in Duncanville will determine what you believe to be the biggest issue and I am interested in working with you to make Duncanville a better home for all of us.

Question 2: How would you lead the City of Duncanville differently from your opponents?

One major difference is that I will treat all Councilmembers respectfully and equally without favoritism. I am a leader that will listen to all citizens and encourage them to be involved in reaching practicable solutions for their concerns.

Another significant difference is that I am detailed oriented when reading current contracts and budgets. I expect to find budgets being followed and contracts being honored. I also expect our City Charter to be adhered to in all matters.

I will only sign contracts that have been approved by a vote of the full Council. My signature on a document will mean that I am aware of what I am signing, and I will take full responsibility for all of my actions and decisions. I will only approve expenditures and reimbursements from City funds when lawfully allowed to do so.

David Greene

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Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

First, I see the current problems in Duncanville, largely, as this: we are cutting services for our family residents, for the benefit of a select few, that own businesses in one very select area, namely, Main St. Understand that while I agree that Main street needed a facelift, I feel that this should not come at the expense of our residents, at a time when almost everyone other than these few individuals is really struggling, financially. It occurs to me that one way to support business here, is to support the right type of family environment, with family services, to attract honest, hardworking residents. In this last decade, I have watched more and more low-cost apartments being built around our area, largely “section 8” (government housing or rent-assisted) populated. I see that these apartments provide a less “dense” tax base, and place an additional burden our already over crowded schools, while the tax income per student actually drops considerably. This is a trend I greatly want to stop.

Question 2: How would you lead the City of Duncanville differently from your opponents?

I feel that the three things I most want to address if I am elected are:

  1. Stop any more of these low-cost apartment developments from being built around or in our city, at least anywhere they directly burden our school system.
  2. Return family oriented service as our first priority. Library hours have been cut. The public swimming pool has been closed. In the meanwhile we have spent large sums on the Main Street project, and are losing, as I understand it, $800,00.00 per year on the Fieldhouse. This was a very poorly made deal, in my opinion, and should be looked at immediately for a “way out”. We cannot afford this. Barring the ability to rid us of the Fieldhouse, then some way should be found of minimizing the losses we are incurring on the operation of it.
  3. I feel that the time is come to investigate any conflicts of interest present in campaign donations on the entire city council, and most especially the Mayor. I do not believe is should be legal for any member of our city government to accept monies from any contractor that is hired, or supervised by the individual accepting said contribution. I cannot interpret this in any way but a clear conflict of interest.

Tracy Shook

Tracy Shook is a 15 year resident of Duncanville. He has owned HAV-R Charburger in Duncanville since 1998. Mr. Shook is currently 38 years old and has had success in business from an early age. Mr. Shook was voted Entrepreneur of the Year in Duncanville in 2009. He is a member of the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, a new member of the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation, and Vice President of an HOA in Duncanville. Mr. Shook currently works in the MHMR field improving and developing skills in individuals with developmental and physical needs. Mr. Shook spends his free time, gardening, traveling, spending time with family, and routing for the Duncanville Panthers.

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

Candidate declined to answer.

Question 2: How would you lead the City of Duncanville differently from your opponents?

Candidate declined to answer.

David Green

Occupation/main source of income:

  • Retired President and CEO of Dallas Commercial Warehouses (1961 to 2001)
  • Mayor of Duncanville, Texas

Current civic involvement/highlights:

  • Duncanville ISD Education Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Duncanville Rotary Club, Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board – Recycle Man
  • Southwest Dallas County Regional Transportation Committee (Past Chairman)
  • Metroplex Mayors Association (President 2006-2007), North Texas Commission, Board Member
  • Best Southwest (Chairman of the Board of Directors 2009)
  • National League of Cities, Transportation and Infrastructure Steering Committee Member

Previous civic involvement/accomplishments:

  • Duncanville Planning and Zoning Commission (1998-2001)
  • Planning and Zoning Committee, Vice-Chairman (1999-2001)
  • Duncanville Police Department Volunteer, 500+ hours
  • Duncanville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Past President
  • Partners for A Safe Duncanville, Member and one of the organizing founders
  • Duncanville Citizens on Patrol, Member, Duncanville Citizens Fire Academy, Graduate
  • 2007 Duncanville Man of the Year, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce
  • Duncanville Representative on the Policy Work Group of the Southern Gateway Project and the Southwest
  • Dallas County Regional Transportation Committee
  • Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, Past Executive Committee Member
  • Tex-21 (Transportation Excellence for the 21st Century), Past Member & Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • River of Trade Corridor Coalition, Founding Member
  • United States Conference of Mayors, Former Member of the Transportation and Communications Policy Committee
  • Joe Pool Lake Planning Council, Member
  • Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Past Member of the Board of Directors
  • Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Guaranty Bank – Oak Cliff, Bank Director and Chairman of the Loan and Discount Committee
  • Distinguished Service Award, Oak Cliff Jaycees
  • Dallas Independent School District, Past Chairman of the ESAA Advisory Committee
  • Dallas Motion Picture Classification Board, Past Vice-Chairman
  • Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Past Chairman of Deacons

Education:

  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, Bachelor of Business Administration (1961)
  • W.H. Adamson High School, Dallas, Texas (1957)

Previous public offices sought/held:

  • Mayor of Duncanville, Texas (2004 – present)
  • Duncanville City Councilman, District 1 (2001 – 2004), Duncanville Mayor Pro-Tem (2002)

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

  1. My number one goal is to continue to reduce the General Fund Debt. When I was elected to office in 2001, Duncanville’s General Fund Debt was $28,942,456. Today this has been reduced to $5,714,375. This is a reduction in General Fund Debt of $23,228,081. With the voters help, I will continue this reduction and in 2015 our General Fund Debt will be $0. The reduction since 2001 has been made possible by sound fiscal management of our budget and solid economic growth. During the 2003 to 2011 period, the appraised commercial real estate value on our tax rolls has been increased by $105,000,000 even with the decrease of property values on commercial property in the last three or four years. We don’t need new taxes. We need to tightly manage our budget and bring in new business. A few of the projects we have brought to Duncanville during this period include Pappadeaux’s, Main Station, Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center, Champions Cove, Costco, Bella Ruscello Apartment Homes, Shops atWaterview Park, Best Western Inn & Suites, Aldi Grocery, W&B Refrigeration, and many more. Duncanville has a strong economic base which has allowed our City to maintain excellent Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s financial ratings.
  2. Expand the Main Street Project and work with developers and landlords to upgrade the existing shopping centers and buildings to fill the vacant spaces. It is important to continue redeveloping the downtown Duncanville area to encourage businesses and create a greater quality of life for residents. Duncanville is a “first tier” city to Dallas and must redevelop to prevent decline. This will require utilizing various revenue sources such as grants from NTCCOG (North Texas Central Council of Governments), Dallas County, the Duncanville Community Economic Development Board, the City of Duncanville, landlords, and possibly TIF funds.
  3. Continue the work already begun in developing the Duncanville Field House into the premier field house south of the Trinity River. This will be accomplished by securing naming rights, attracting additional basketball and volleyball tournaments, increasing league play, upgrading food service and attracting the players from our area to use our field house instead of traveling north to centers in Plano and Frisco. All of these items will need the support of the council and city staff.

Question 2: How would you lead the City of Duncanville differently from your opponents?

My background in operating a corporation for 40 years and serving as a Bank Director, as well as my varied city and community leadership positions, has given me a wide background of experience that I will continue to use to benefit the City of Duncanville. I have participated in many hours of continuing education as a Councilmember and Mayor. This has prepared me to understand the operations of municipal government from planning and zoning, economic development, finance, and the responsibilities and limitations of a City Manager-Mayor/Council form of government.

I am the best choice for Mayor of Duncanville because I have the experience and desire to continue effectively leading the city in the 21st Century. My experience on the Duncanville Planning and Zoning Commission, as a District 1 Councilman, and for the past 8 years as Mayor, demonstrates my commitment to working for the betterment of the citizens and City of Duncanville. I believe that experience is important and that is the major factor separating me from my opponents. I have city, regional, state, and national experience in municipal issues. I believe that candidates for elected offices should show a commitment to their community and have the experiences to support that commitment before they run for office.

Since the May 2011 elections, Duncanville has had a divided City Council which has resulted in continuous and embarrassing displays of behavior by council members at City Council meetings. Since that election, the City Manager and City Secretary have resigned, the Economic Development Director’s contract was not renewed, the Duncanville Community Economic Development Board was replaced with the new council members’ selections, and the City Attorney was fired and replaced with a candidate of the new council’s choosing. These actions come after $110,000,000 worth of new business was brought to Duncanville in the past ten years and the General Fund Debt was reduced by $23,228,081 and will be totally paid off in August 2015. There is a great deal of turmoil among city workers because of these actions. The uncomfortable truth is that relatively few people vote in municipal elections and voter turnout in Duncanville averages about 8%. Duncanville residents are allowing a relative handful of others to make the decisions about who governs their everyday lives.

For Member of Council, District 2

Scott Cannon, III

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Stephen L. Jones

Stephen L. Jones and his Wife Andrea have two sons Joseph (10) and Stephen (8). They live in Swan Ridge Estates. They are members of the Mount Sinai Baptist Church where Dr. Jones serves as pastor.

Andrea and Stephen serve the students at Duncanville High School. Andrea is the school’s support counselor and Stephen is on their Engineering programs advisory committee.

Prior to being at Mt. Sinai, Dr. Jones served as Chairman of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. He is currently the Project Director for the

HSI STEM and Articulation Program at Mountain View College.

Dr. Jones has received numerous awards including: Torch Award (Dallas Urban League, The Outstanding Texan Award (Texas Black Legislative Caucus), Man of the Year (the Dallas Metropolitan Business and Professional Women’s Club), the Distinguished Ecumenical Service Award (the National Business and Professional Women’s Club), and was inducted into the Paul Quinn College Hall of Fame.

Reverend Jones is the co-author of CORD Biology, a high school science textbook.

He has also made significant contributions to other textbooks that have been used throughout the United States.

Stephen has also been involved with the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Salvation Army, and the Fulton County Chaplains core.

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

The biggest issue that I believe the council will be facing, is the selection of a new city manager and director of economic development. The council’s choice will determine the future direction of our city. If given the opportunity to participate in this process I will support individuals that will take a wholistic approach to serving our city. Individuals that will emphasize the importance of building up our communities to make Duncanville a better place to live. Our new city manager and economic director must be willing to explore opportunities for our city that will allow us to build on past successes, but will not require us to sacrifice our quality of life.

Question 2: How would you lead the City of Duncanville differently from your opponents?

My candidacy is not an effort to take the place of my opponent, nor is it an opportunity to compare us to one another, but it is simply my choice to offer myself for service.

For Member of Council, District 4

Grady W. Smithey

For 22 years, Grady W. Smithey Jr. has served as a Duncanville City Councilman. Grady has served seven terms as Mayor Pro Tem of Duncanville, was a member of the Regional Transportation Committee (RTC) of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for 13 years and is secretary of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition (DRMC). In his 22 years of elective office, he had extensive experience in transportation and other issues facing local governments and became known in transportation circles as the “Road Warrior.” In 2007 Grady was honored by the Texas Transportation Commission who conferred their prestigious volunteer “Road Hand” award.

One of the original founding members of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, Grady has been secretary of DRMC since the group’s inception in 1990. With the adoption of

“Transportation 2000” in 1985, the lack of representation for southwest Dallas County cities on the Regional Transportation Council came to his attention. To ensure representation on the RTC, in 1989 Grady devised and presented to Dallas County Judge Lee Jackson a plan whereby smaller cities would be given a voice. In the fall of 1989, Grady and Henry Wilson became RTC’s first two “Cluster City” representatives. Grady was the choice of the city councils of Duncanville, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Glenn Heights and Lancaster to represent them for 13 years.

Grady is retired from 33 years service with the U.S. Agriculture Department. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from North Texas State University. Grady taught State and Local Government at Dallas Baptist University as an adjunct professor. In 1998, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce selected Grady as “Man of the Year”.

Grady was selected by the American Political Science Association as a Fellow in Congressional Operations in Washington, D.C. While working for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), Grady authored several pieces of legislation, including two sections of the Disaster Relief Act of 1974. U.S. Congressman W.R. ‘Bob’ Poage (D-TX) selected Grady to serve as Legislative Assistant on the U.S. House Committee of Agriculture.

Grady has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Duncanville for 60 years. He and his wife Judy have been married for 47 years and have one son, Grady Smithey III, a certified software engineer at Research In Motion (RIM) Corp. in Las Colinas and one daughter, Dr. Shannon Smithey, a political science professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Grady and Judy are proud grandparents of three granddaughters, Kate, Claire and Lucy.

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

I want to assure that we maintain and enhance the quality of life available to current and future Duncanville citizens. I believe three issues are paramount in accomplishing this goal.

First, we must continue to reduce our city’s bonded indebtedness by effectively managing our budget while holding down taxes and maintaining quality city services.

Second, I want to continue the economic development which we have successfully undertaken since my return to Council service in 1998. We have brought in over $130 million in new development in this time.

Third, I want to continue to improve our transportation system. We are close to completing our major thoroughfare system. Mass transit is one of the keys in the City’s New Urbanism plan which is anchored by the redevelopment of Main Street. I will continue to work to find an affordable way for my community to fund mass transit.

Question 2: How would you lead the City of Duncanville differently from your opponents?

My educational background and my years of experience at national, state, regional and local governmental levels enable me to be uniquely qualified to provide leadership on our city council. My mother was a Duncanville Public School teacher and my father was a Dallas Firefighter. They developed in me an obligation to be of public service.

Duncanville has been and always will be my home. I am thankful and appreciative of my opportunities to serve its citizens. I have no personal agenda other than to be of service.

Mark D. Cooks

Mark D. Cooks is a senior vice president and community banking district manager for Wells Fargo Bank in Dallas. He is responsible for managing business units with multiple store locations that provide retail and business products. He guides his team through strategic leadership in achieving the Wells Fargo vision – meeting all our customers’ financial needs and helping them succeed financially.

Cooks has over three decades of financial services experience. He joined Wells Fargo in 1994 after gaining management and operations experience with Cullen Frost Bank and Nations Bank. He has won several awards for service excellence.

With such a strong commitment to his community, he currently serves on the boards of the Dallas Black Chamber, Gateway Charter School, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Community Service Board for Urban League Dallas. He is also an elder at Concord Church of Dallas.

Previous community service includes board memberships with the Oak Cliff Chamber of

Commerce, Dallas Southwest Medical Center Hospital, City of Cedar Hill Park Board and the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center High School Advisory Board. He was Finance Chairman for the Circle Ten Boy Scouts of America and a coach for the Desoto Youth Basketball League.

Cooks attended Dallas Baptist University, the American Institute of Banking and completed copious leadership and financial courses throughout his banking career. He enjoys supporting others professionally and spiritually, matching vocational interest with personal talent.

He and his wife, Cynthia, have five children and five grandchildren. Outside of his family time, Cooks enjoys traveling to scenic golf courses and the study of real estate developments.

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

The biggest issue that I see the City of Duncanville facing is more businesses are leaving our city rather than moving into Duncanville. This has had a negative affect on our housing community. To address these issues, as the next councilman, I would enhance our appeal to new businesses to expedite the expansion of our city’s tax base. A strong and well supported business community is indicative of our residential strength and interests. We have several empty homes and vacant buildings. With these two highly important issues affecting each other, they rank at the top of my priority list. I will work to build stronger partnerships with financial institutions, particularly in developing products and services that result in increased valuation of our residential communities, including services that help convert renters to homeowners. To attract new businesses, I strongly believe that we can tackle these issues of empty homes and vacant buildings by making improvements to our overall housing stock to drive the expansion of our business community. My goal for new businesses that move to Duncanville is to connect business owners with persons of interest with the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and encourage participation in workshops and programs that will enhance their businesses and assist with marketing their businesses to our residents. Ultimately, the most important aspect of attracting new businesses to Duncanville is that our residents have interest in their products and services and are committed to patron those businesses.

Question 2: How would you lead the City of Duncanville differently from your opponents?

I would like to focus on my leadership skills and what I will do for the City of Duncanville rather than critique the leadership of Grady Smithy and my other opponent, James Hubener. The experience that I have gained from service on various boards and commissions has fueled my desire to represent the City of Duncanville District 4. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute my fresh ideas and build a working coalition with surrounding cities to improve the City of Duncanville, not as a career politician, but as a passionate neighbor and resident that will be here for many years. Over the past year, I have observed the limited number of voices being heard at City Council meetings. I am a leader that listens! I want to hear from the residents of Duncanville and encourage them to attend City Council meetings, join boards and commissions and actively participate in events hosted by the city. Duncanville has a great opportunity to get more residents involved and more voices heard. Part of my responsibility as the district’s representative is to ensure that the recommendations that given, are fully investigated and researched to see if they are effective and feasible solutions for our city. The quality of life that Duncanville is known to provide to our citizens to make our city “The Perfect Blend of Family, Community and Business” should be shared and created by those that live here.

James Hubener

  • Endorsed by the MetroTex Association of Realtors
  • Moved to Duncanville in 1970
  • Resident of Duncanville for over thirty (30) years
  • Graduate of Duncanville High School
  • Graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Owner, Jerry’s Fix It, a property maintenance company
  • Realtor, member of MetroTex AR, TAR, NAR
    • Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource
    • Property Tax Arbitrator
    • Notary Public
  • Elected Trustee, Dallas County Schools
    • As a Board Member we oversee a budget of over $99,000,000 with 2000 dedicated professionals serving 14 Independent School Districts
      • Building Committee
      • Education and Technology Committee
  • Past Commissioner, Duncanville Planning and Zoning Commission
    • Re-Wrote the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinances
    • Re-Zoned the entire City based on the revised ordinances
  • Past Board Member, Sanitary Sewer Board
  • Director, Mountain View College Office of Financial Aid

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

The biggest issue facing the City of Duncanville is the need to revitalize our neighborhoods. With our aging infrastructure the city needs to build partnerships with neighborhoods to bring community based projects which not only benefit our taxpayers but also will attract commercial investments to our retail corridors. We must invest in projects which will show the highest yield of return to our community. We should leverage Economic Development funds to provide incubators for new small business as well as those businesses which have weathered this recent economic storm. We will need to reassess our current strategies to optimize the taxpayer’s investment in projects such as the Duncanville Fieldhouse, Railroad Flats, Main Street project and other recent endeavors. At City Hall we should facilitate reinvestment in Duncanville by providing single source contacts to navigate the necessary processes involved.

Question 2: How would you lead the City of Duncanville differently from your opponents?

I will not lead but rather follow the wishes of the taxpayers. I will use taxpayer dollars to rebuild our neighborhoods and attract new business rather than traveling the country at taxpayer expense in pursuit of a hobby. I will build coalitions rather than create barriers to civility. I will treat tax dollars as an investment in our future. I believe that we should treat citizens with respect, that even if we disagree we do not need to be disagreeable. I am committed to the understanding that we should hold ourselves to the highest standard and should not breach the public trust. That as a City Council member our duty is to provide oversight on taxpayer dollars.

For Member of Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees, Place 6

Janice Savage-Martin

Education:

  • Duncanville Independent School District (Grades 1-12) – Class of 1971
  • Southern Methodist University – Class of 1974—Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Major)

Employment:

  • Duncanville Independent School District (1991-2012)
    • Benefits & Risk/Safety Manager, Auxiliary Personnel, Purchasing
    • Certified Texas School Business Official 2007; Specialist 2004
  • Duncanville Chamber of Commerce (1990-91)
    • Director Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Texas Quarter Horse Association (1981-1990)
    • Executive Director, Administrative Assistant
  • Sara’s Dance Studio (1971-1983)
    • Ballet, Tap, & Jazz Instructor

Family:

  • Husband – Steve Martin (Duncanville Chamber of Commerce President)
  • Son – Brody Savage (AAFES Business Analyst)
  • Step-Children – Angie Bilbrey & husband, Keith and Aaron Martin & wife, Amanda
  • Step-Grandchildren –Abi, Chase, Cameron, Cody, Emma, & Sam
  • Step-Great Grandchildren – Jensen & Tinsley

Honors and Awards:

  • Pantherette 1968-71
  • DHS Student Council Secretary & Treasurer 1969-71
  • Miss DHS 1971& Miss Duncanville 1972
  • Tyler Rose Festival – Duchess from Duncanville 1973
  • SMU Mustang Letterman – Basketball 1971-74
  • Pi Beta Phi Sorority 1972-74
  • Texas Quarter Horse Association All-Around Amateur 1985
  • Leadership Southwest Graduate 1996
  • Co-Chair for World Cup 1994 Duncanville ISD Training Site
  • Served on the Incorporating Duncanville Community & Economic Development (4B) Board in 1996-1997
  • 2001 Duncanville Woman of the Year
  • Board of Directors of the DISD Education Foundation from 2000-2003.
  • Duncanville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2005-10 & Treasurer 2008-09
  • Duncanville Lions Club (1992-present) President in 2009-10

Resident of Duncanville: 53 years

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the Duncanville DISD and what would you do to address it?

State funding. One of the main causes of the current school finance crisis is the 2006 legislation (House Bill 1) that has fallen short in properly funding Texas public schools.

The state cut property taxes by one third and did not and have not since established a new stream of revenue to completely make up the difference. Currently, more than half of the school districts in Texas are being forced to use dollars from their fund balances for daily operating expenditures – a practice that is neither financially sound nor sustainable over the long term. In addition, teaching positions are being eliminated, salaries reduced and local educational programs removed to meet reduced budgets.

Because the Duncanville ISD addressed these issues early, no cuts are projected this year and employees will be given a raise for 2012/13 unlike 2011/12. So for now, we are OK, but we will not be able to sustain this position if solutions are not established at the state level. I encourage citizens to contact their State Legislators to address the inequities in the current funding system.

Question 2: How would you lead the Duncanville DISD differently from your opponent?

I have 21 years experience working for the Duncanville ISD and have had unique abilities to be a part of the training opportunities provided to both the educational side and operations side of our business. I feel this experience will assist me in my learning curve that I have before me as a School Board me

Patrick LeBlanc

Patrick LeBlanc was born in Grambling, Louisiana and attended Grambling State

University where he majored Physics and played football for the legendary Coach

Eddie G. Robinson. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Ministries and Physics from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas. He received a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Patrick has been the Regional Coordinator for the Jason Foundation and Business

Development Manager for Millwood Hospital since December 2005. He enjoys the opportunity to develop and establish relationships that help provide positive solutions to problems impacting young people within the Dallas – Fort Worth community and the Jason Foundation has opened doors to pursue his passion. Patrick has done trainings and presentations on Suicide Awareness and Prevention to several school districts in North Texas. He has presented at the Adolescent Symposium and reached many others with this message of hope by speaking at five of Texas ’ Regional Education Service Centers (Region XII, Region XI, Region X, Region IX and Region VIII).

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the Duncanville DISD and what would you do to address it?

The greatest issue facing Duncanville ISD is student safety. I plan to work with the

Superintendent and other Board members to create and maintain campus environments that are safe for all Duncanville ISD students.

Question 2: How would you lead the Duncanville DISD differently from your opponent?

With corporation and collaboration I will work with Board members to make sure that the Duncanville schools indeed possess an atmosphere that is sufficiently meeting student needs.

For Member of Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees, Place 7

Deborah Harris

Dr. Deborah Lynn Harris is currently an assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University where she teaches graduate level courses in education administration. Her research projects are centered on teacher leadership, hard to staff schools, accountability systems benefit to children, the achievement gap, teacher mentoring, and college readiness.

Dr. Harris advocates for a quality education and high expectations for all students. She has 20 plus years of experience in public education. She is a current member of the board of trustees in Duncanville ISD where she is committed to supporting innovative teaching methods, teacher training, development, and leadership, and the implementation of policies and procedures that meet the changing needs of students. She has lived in Duncanville for the past 20 years and has one son who graduated from Duncanville ISD.

Additionally, she is an active member of Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and a 2010 graduate of Leadership TASB-Master Trustee, Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Kappa Delta Pi, National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Language Arts and College Readiness Advisory Board (THECB) and Texas Alliance of Black School Board Members (TABSBM). She is involved in local community organizations: Duncanville ISD School Board, Lions Club, PTA, Past Duncanville Library Board and Board of Adjustment Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church, Past Lions Club Member. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin, a Master of Arts in Health Education from Texas Woman’s University, a Master of Science in Education Administration from Texas A&M-Commerce, and a BS in Educational and Youth Agency Education from the University of Texas-Austin.

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the Duncanville DISD and what would you do to address it?

There are so many needs of the district…technology changes, school facilities, charter schools, change in transportation, bullying, math and science achievement gap, high stakes standardized testing, and new accountability system-STARR. However, it is my opinion that the biggest issue facing Duncanville ISD is the state’s school finance system. Currently, the funding system is unequal; I believe that students should initially receive the same allocations. Afterward, additional funds should be awarded to students who need additional assistance (i.e., special education, bilingual, low socio-economic, low performance). I believe the system should be equal and equitable. Adequate funding is a major driving force in providing effective programs/resources, instructional & administrative leadership, and state of the art facilities to meet the needs of students. Our students are changing and the traditional school setting is not meeting their needs. We have to prepare our students to be critical thinkers and good decision makers to be successful in our globally diverse society. As a member of the school board, I will continue to work with the superintendent and other board members to be a good steward on use of current resources and future resources. My goal will continue to focus on what is in the best interest of the students and the community. Also, I will be an advocate for search of additional funds from other sources.

Question 2: How would you lead the Duncanville DISD differently from your opponent?

When I think of the question, I focus on the word differently. According to Webster’s dictionary, differently means the state or relation of being different, dissimilar, or unlike. What I know of my opponent, she is a person who supports the district’s education programs through involvement in several education organizations/programs. Also, she is a former Duncanville board member. We are more alike than different in these areas, as I too support and provide service to the district’s educational programs and I am active in the community. Also, I have served on the board for the past six years and I am seeking re-election for another term.

It is somewhat difficult for me to answer the question of how I would lead differently that my opponent. I do not have details of my opponent’s decisions from her previous service on the board or present goals/ expectations. However, I can present some of the areas of decisions I have had to make as a board member for the past six years. Some examples are adoption of changes in school policies, school resources, raises some years-no raises in other years, resignation and hiring of superintendent, superintendent accountability issues, major program area cuts, purchase and sell of property, and approval of student trips and sponsorships. As a board member, I expect excellence and will focus on success for all students. As a graduate of Leadership TASB-Master Trustee Program, I understand the role of a school board member and I will strive to do what is best for the district and its stakeholders. I will work with other members to focus on establishing rules and regulations for the district; not micromanagement of the district. And, will work to ensure the community has an understanding of district policies and will serve as a voice for stakeholders when making decisions. My goal has been and will continue to be on what is right and fair; not on the pressure from certain groups or individuals for personal gain. My decisions will be based on data and information that will enable the district to continue to improve. Also, I will be prepared for meetings by being knowledgeable about agenda items and ask questions for more information when necessary. Finally, I bring my recent years of service on the board, so I am abreast of the challenges and direction of the district. Also, I bring 20 plus years of instruction and leadership in PK-16 education and desire to continue to learn as one of my strengths to the board. I desire to continue to serve and would be grateful for your confidence in re-electing me to serve another term.

Carla Fahey

Personal

  • Born and raised in Oak Cliff
  • Graduated from Kimball High School – 1968
  • Graduated from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M – Commerce), BS – 1972
  • Taught in Dallas ISD; also director of dance drill team at Samuell High School, coached volleyball and track, Senior Class sponsor, Foreign Exchange Student sponsor
  • Married to Bill – former player for Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres; and coach for the San Francisco Giants
  • Have two grown sons who are products of Duncanville ISD schools. They are both married and are Duncanville homeowners. Scott is in his ninth year as a teacher in the Duncanville ISD, and Brandon is a former player for the Baltimore Orioles. We have one precious granddaughter, Reagan, 22 months old.
  • Have resided within our ISD for 34 years

Experience and Public Service-Duncanville Volunteer Activities

Past

  • ISD Board of Trustees 1996-2002
  • New Focus – Positive Peer Leader
  • Site Based Decision Committees
  • ISD Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • Campus Improvement Plan Committees
  • Strategic Plan Co-Chairman of Partnerships in Communication
  • Fairmeadows PTA President – 2 years
  • ISD Council of PTAs President – 5 years
  • (25 years of PTA service at the local, district, and area levels  including: Vice President, Secretary, Membership,  Parliamentarian, Bylaws Committee, Arts in Education, Directory & Newsletter Chairman, and instrumental  in organizing new PTAs at DHS, Bilhartz, & Hyman), and  Volunteer Weekly Writer for Today Newspaper-10 years
  • Organized PTSA Beautification Committee
  • Chaired Committee for Redrawing School Boundaries when 2 new elementary schools were opened
  • Chaired ISD committee for Dress Code
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor – 4 years for students  at Byrd, Reed, & former Ninth Grade School (Kennemer)

Present

  • ISD Education Foundation Director (volunteer – 10 years) and Presently serving as President for 3rd term
  • DHS Baseball Boosters -18 years
  • International Museum of Cultures – Member
  • Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • PTA Member – 28 years
  • Lions Club – 14 years
  • Project Graduation – 20 years

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the Duncanville DISD and what would you do to address it?

The biggest issue I see facing our Duncanville ISD continuing to ensure that every dollar is spent wisely to support our students and teachers. We must keep pace with the rapid changes in our 21st century – new technology, Problem Based Learning (PBL) teaching techniques, and necessary classroom tools. Prudent budgeting is crucial to a healthy community and district. Our ISD has planned wisely, and we are more fortunate than many districts. We must continue to stretch every dollar to provide a superior education opportunity for all students.

Question 2: How would you lead the Duncanville DISD differently from your opponent?

My commitment to our school district and community has always been a top priority, and my many years of volunteer service speak volumes. I love this community and hope that it shows in all that I do. I would lead by example; encouraging parents and community members to be involved in our schools, continuing to participate in activities and staying connected with you. I am available full time, and promise to work hard.