Candidate Profile
Jessica Garcia Shafer

Non-Partisan , Texas


Jessica Garcia Shafer
Pearland ISD School Board Position 4

Panel Rating

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Selected Contributions


ActBlue (2020), Local, County, and District Democratic Organizations (2020)







Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Jessica Garcia Shafer during time of residence in district and/or at current address:

  • 2020 Party Primary: Democratic
  • 2018 Party Primary: Democratic
  • Voted in 1 Democratic Primary 1990 - 2016

**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not be a resource for instruction or services in the school.



Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

No Answer   

School districts should be able to use taxpayer money for lobbying the state legislature.


Religious Liberty

School districts should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


At school, students should be able to speak freely and civilly about matters of conscience and faith, including Christianity.


Students should not be allowed to pray in school.



What is the function of the local school board?

To guide the district's policies and priorities.

Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?

Teachers should be allowed to create their own curriculum, under the general guidance of the principal to ensure educational goals are being met.

Please rate in order the following priorities in relation to the role of a K-12 public school (omitting any that do not apply): Mathematics, Information Technology, Science, Political Activism, Personal Finances, Gender Identity, Physical Fitness, American History, Critical Race Theory, Language Arts, Art & Music, Vocational Learning, Sexuality, Foreign Language, Social Emotional Learning

Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, Information Technology, Physical Fitness, American History, Art & Music, Vocational Learning, Foreign Language, Social Emotional Learning, Personal Finances, Critical Race Theory, Political Activism

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.


Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.


Schools should use Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and resources to teach emotions, values, and relationships.


I support the teaching of the 1619 Project emphasizing slavery and racism as the foundation of American history.


When students are taught courses such as Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) or Social Emotional Learning (SEL), they must opt-in with written parental permission.


Parents are the ultimate authority in their child’s education and should be able to freely pursue whatever educational options they deem best for their child.


No healthcare diagnosis or treatment, whether mental, reproductive, or otherwise, should be given to a child without first receiving written consent from the parent.


Who is responsible for teaching sexual education to children, and what is the appropriate age when it should be taught?

Sexual education should start to be taught by professionals (ideally a nurse educator or the like) prior to the onset of puberty, approximately 11 years old.

If you support the teaching of Sex Ed, please answer the following question: Sexual education should include these topics (list all that apply and add your own, if needed) -- Physical and emotional health outcomes; contraceptive methods; consent; abstinence; sexual orientation and gender identity; human anatomy/the reproductive system; abortion methods and side effects; stages of pregnancy and fetal development; sex acts and pleasures of sex

Physical and emotional health outcomes; contraceptive methods; consent; abstinence; sexual orientation and gender identity; human anatomy/the reproductive system; abortion methods and side effects; stages of pregnancy and fetal development; sex acts and pleasures of sex


No school official should be involved in the sexual transitioning of a student. All issues on this subject should be referred to the parents of the student.

No Answer   

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.


Teachers should not use alternative names and pronouns without parental permission.


Therapy for children who have unwanted same-sex attraction should be banned.


I support allowing students to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms, and to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

That is personal and not relevant to the position, as America adheres to the separation of church and state.


Why are you running for this office?

I believe the PISD board is not proactive enough in trying to improve the educational experience for all students. Also, as an Epidemiologist I am able to help guide the district through the difficulty of the COVID pandemic.

A candidate's personal moral values should not be relevant when considering a candidacy for elective office.


Which of the 11 objectives specified in the Texas Education Code is your highest priority?

OBJECTIVE 2: Students will be encouraged and challenged to meet their full educational potential.

What books have had the most profound impact on your view of life?

And the Band Played On; Eating Animals; Caste

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have leadership experience through work and in my personal life, as well as experience with budgets and finance. As a mother of a young child I have a long-term interest in improving the school district and I am able to admit that I do not know everything and I'm not afraid to ask for help or clarification when needed.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?


Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.


Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am not perfect (by an means) but I am trying to improve myself every day. I plan to apply the same theory to the school district, and use all my resources to make it a welcoming and safe place for everyone to learn, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political leanings.

2nd Amendment

Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.

Strongly Disagree   

Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?



  • Emory University, Atlanta, MPH, 2006
  • Emory University, Atlanta, BS, 2004
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Girls Scouts of America, Troop Co-Leader
  • PISD Trustee Pos 2, Sought 2020

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