Welcome to my campaign website. With your support, I hope to continue representing the citizens of Alief and to ensuring that our children receive the quality education that they deserve.
My husband, Brad and I moved to this area thirty-three years ago after deciding that Alief was the best place to raise our growing family. Throughout the years, thanks in part to having five sons, I volunteered in our community and schools and in 1997 I was elected to serve as a member of the Alief ISD Board of Trustees. Throughout my school board tenure I have worked diligently to provide a quality education for all of our children. The Alief district has faced many challenges over the years and I have first-hand experience making difficult budgetary decisions while balancing the needs of students, staff, parents, business owners and taxpayers.
In addition to serving on a local school board, I have been involved in the community. I served as the treasurer of the Huntington Village HOA Board for six years. Despite facing dwindling resources, we worked to improve neighborhood safety and to provide the amenities residents expected and deserved. I also have worked closely with the Alief Super Neighborhood Council on several projects and recently facilitated the establishment of a new community garden in this area. As a member of the SPARK Park Board, I have supported the construction of parks at schools throughout the Houston area that are open to the surrounding communities.
Over the years, I extended my volunteer efforts to the regional, state and federal level. I was elected to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in 2001 and in 2004, began serving on the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards (GCAASB). I served as the TASB president in 2009 – 2010. My involvement with these organizations gave me more opportunities to advocate for public education and community issues at the state and federal levels. I frequently have been invited by both representatives and senators to testify at key legislative hearings. I have worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle who care about issues important to our district and community.
The relationships I have developed with legislators and educators throughout the state have given me the opportunity to influence legislation that will benefit our students. Due to my advocacy efforts and my service on the Alief and TASB boards, I also have developed a strong interest and knowledge about budgeting and school funding. I have mentored at-risk students since 1998, so I understand the challenges our students and teachers face every day. With your support, I will continue using the knowledge and relationships I have developed over the years to benefit our community, the school district, and most importantly, our children. I hope that you will honor me with your vote on November 5, 2013. For more information about issues, please see the “Sarah on education issues” subpage and the main Priorities page on this website.
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