Board of Trustees Election Information
GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION
As stated in District Policy BBB (LOCAL), Deer Park ISD’s Board of Trustees consists of seven volunteer members. Election of Board members shall be by place (positions 1-7), and the general election of Board members shall be on the May uniform election date.
Board members shall be elected for three-year terms, with elections conducted annually, as follows:
Places 1, 2, and 3
The election for places 1, 2, and 3 shall be held in 2018, 2021, 2024, and in three-year intervals thereafter.
Places 4 and 5
The election for places 4 and 5 shall be held in 2019, 2022, 2025, and in three-year intervals thereafter.
Places 6 and 7
The election for places 6 and 7 shall be held in 2020, 2023, 2026, and in three-year intervals thereafter.
To be elected, a candidate must receive more votes than any other candidate for the place.
Candidates for Board of Trustee Election: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Position No. 4 on the Board of Trustees of the Deer Park Independent School District is presently held by Lynn Kirkpatrick, whose term is expiring.
Position No. 5 on the Board of Trustees of the Deer Park Independent School District is presently held by Ken Donnell, whose term is expiring.
BOARD MEMBERS: ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS
To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, the office of school board member, a person must:
- Be a United States citizen.
- Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable.
- Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
- Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities [but see Ineligibility below].
- Have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
- For an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.
- For a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in.
- For an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made.
- Be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described at item 5, above.
A person may not be elected trustee of an independent school district unless the person is a qualified voter. Education Code 11.061(b)
"Qualified voter" means a person who:
- Is 18 years of age or older;
- Is a United States citizen;
- Has not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
- Has not been finally convicted of a felony [see also Atty. Gen. Op. LO 96-114 (1996) (concluding that caveat at Election Code 11.002 does not mitigate blanket prohibition in Election Code 141.001, above at Eligibility)];
- Is a resident of this state; and
- Is a registered voter.
"Residence" means domicile, one's home and fixed place of habitation to which one intends to return after any temporary absence; one does not lose one's residence status by leaving to go to another place for temporary purposes only. A person does not acquire a residence in a place to which the person has come for temporary purposes only and without the intention of making that place the person's home. Residence shall be determined in accordance with the common-law rules, as enunciated by the courts of this state, except as otherwise provided by the Election Code.
Intent to Return
For purposes of satisfying the continuous residency requirement, a person who claims an intent to return to a residence after a temporary absence may establish that intent only in accordance with Election Code 141.001(a-1), which does not apply to a person displaced from the person's residence due to a declared local, state, or national disaster.
A candidate for board member representing a single-member district must be a resident of the district the candidate seeks to represent.
A person is ineligible to serve as a member of the board of a district if the person has been convicted of a felony or an offense under Penal Code 43.02(b) (prostitution).
MAY 1, 2021 ELECTION RESULTS - posted 8:30 p.m. 05.01.2021
Results are in for today’s Board of Trustees election:
Position 1 – Rhonda Lowe (unopposed) – 666 votes
Position 2 – Lee Giddens – 430 votes, Candace Igberaese – 76 votes, Dr. John Jackson – 278 votes
Position 3 – Jason Cable (unopposed) – 673 votes
*These results do not include 261 unreturned ballots by mail, which must be postmarked by 7 p.m. on May 1 and received by the District no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021.