Lake Travis - Westlake | October 2020

CANDIDATE Q&A

2020 Voter Guide

Get to know the candidates running in the general election

COMPILED BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

Incumbent

Leander ISD board of trustees, Place 3

CHRISTINE MAUER

CHRIS REMY

DAVID “SPEEDY” WISE

Occupation: program coordinator, Mathematics Pentathlon Institute Priorities: educate the whole child; preserve what makes us a destina- tion district; attract and retain the best teachers www.mauer4lisd.com

Occupation: software sales Priorities: academic excellence, innovation, fiscal responsibility www.chrisforlisd.com

Occupation: business owner and rancher Priorities: listening to the educa- tors and the parents of LISD, safety of all members and guests of LISD, fiscal responsibility

Why are you running for this position?

Public education is the cornerstone of a strong society and every child in our district deserves the opportunity of quality education. As each family embarks on the educational journey for their children, Leander ISD can provide an amazing place to learn and grow for each child. Together, with teachers, parents, and community members, we can provide many enriching possibilities.

Having volunteered in Leander ISD since my three children started attending, I’d like to take that experience and serve my community to keep LISD a destination district. I think education is something we can come together for and where we can find common ground. I’m running to keep the division out of LISD and keep our focus on student success.

I am running for Leander ISD School board trustee because I want to represent the people of Leander ISD and, most importantly, the teachers and other educators within the district. As a former educator, we need to support our educators and show we support them all year—not just during appreciation week.

Leander ISD board of trustees, Place 4

ANNA SMITH

JEFF JOHNSON

Occupation: community volunteer, PTA leader, mom of four Priorities: special programs and services (Special Education, 504 and RTI) mental health curriculum, equitable education for all students www.annaforlisd.com

Occupation: strategic relations at Austin Bridge Builders Alliance Priorities: 1) High-quality education for every child, 2) Best trained and supported teachers, 3) Responsible, sustainable financial policies www.jeff4lisd.com

Why are you running for this position?

I want to advocate for all children and Educators in LISD. Through my work as a PTA leader in our district, I have witnessed what we can accomplish when we ensure all stakeholders in Leander ISD are seen, heard and valued, but especially when we give a voice to those who have been historically marginalized.

The care and support shown by the staff of our LISD elementary school special needs department was truly life-changing for our family. I am running for school board to see future generations of children have access to the same excellent instruction and care that our own children have experienced, not only special needs but all students in the district.

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