Candidate Profile
Sam Abu

Non-Partisan , Texas


Sam Abu
Arlington ISD School Board Place 1

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon

Selected Contributions


Association of Texas Professional Educators (2020)







Other Information

Party Primary and Local Election Voting History for Sampson Bugubie Abu during time of residence in district and/or at current address:

  • 2020 Party Primary: Democratic
  • 2018 Party Primary: Democratic
  • Voted in 2 Democratic Primary(ies) and in 1 Republican Primary(ies) 1990 - 2016

**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.

Sam Abu's Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer


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.

No Answer   


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


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.

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.



What is the function of the local school board?

To function as the link between the school district and the community and in all matters relating to education including governance, advocacy, and oversight.

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

For uniformity and consistency, the state should have authority to set curriculum with input from educators. Resource allocation should be based on the unique needs of each district.

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

Language Arts & Music, Mathematics, Information Technology, American History, Science, Social Emotional Learning, Vocational Learning, Physical Fitness, Art & Music, Personal Finances, Foreign Language.

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?

Sex education is not mandated in Texas.

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

(Did not answer)


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.

Strongly Agree   

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.

No Answer   

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.

No Answer   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I belief in God.


Why are you running for this office?

I am running for this office because I believe in public education and what public education can do for our children and community.

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

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?

The Good Book.

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

I am passionate about public education and giving back to my community. I have served young people at Job Corps, GPISD, and currently serving ALL students at Duncanville ISD. I am an active educator who knows that public education works because it is the backbone of our communities; the teachers and system that gives each and every one of our children a chance to live up to their fullest potential.

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.

My position allows me to objectively look at both sides of an issue to make an informed decision(s).

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?

Yes; Public education works. It has done wonders for my family and me.

2nd Amendment

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


Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

Parents should have a say.


  • Tarleton State University, Stephenville, M.Ed, 2019
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Council for Exceptional Children, Member
  • ATPE, Member
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, Member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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