Candidate Profile
Hannah Smith

Non-Partisan , Texas


Hannah Smith
Carroll ISD School Board Place 5

Panel Rating

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Dana Loesch


Patricia Hardy, Rick Barnes

Reported by Candidate

Harriet Miers, former Counsel to President Bush, Ed Whelan, Ethics & Public Policy Center, John Malcolm, Heritage Foundation, Dana Loesch, American radio broadcaster, Rick Barnes, Tarrant County Republican Party Chair, Pat Hardy, Region 11 State Board of Education

Selected Contributions


Josh Hawley (2016), Mitt Romney (2013)







Selected Financial Source Documents

30th Day Before Election Report  Source

Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Hannah Clayson Smith during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
  • 2020 Party Primary: Republican
  • 2018 Party Primary: Records unavailable - temporarily out of state residence
  • Voted in ?* Primaries 1990 - 2016
*records unavailable - temporarily out of state residence
**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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   


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

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.

Strongly Disagree   


What is the function of the local school board?

The local school board has a vital role in overseeing public education on the local level. The school board is comprised of elected citizens that set priorities, policies, and practices that reflect the values of the community. The school board plays an important role in providing oversight of the administration and holds the administration accountable to the community. Local school boards should be transparent with the community and fiscally responsible with taxpayer education dollars.

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

The school board has the authority to set curriculum for the district and to determine resources used in those curricula. The school board should implement curricular policies that reflect the community's values and priorities. Local school boards should be careful not to implement policies that reflect national political trends that are antithetical to the local community's values.

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, Math, Science, American History, Physical Fitness, Art & Music, Foreign Language, Vocational Learning.

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

No Answer   

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

No Answer   

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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

I think that parents should be primarily responsible for teaching sexual education to their children at an age that they feel appropriate based on the child.

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



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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a practicing Christian.


Why are you running for this office?

Our family chose Southlake because of its schools and community. I've spent much of my life teaching and advocating for educational excellence and other values my family holds dear. That journey has taken me through Princeton to the U.S. Supreme Court and to Texas. As a mother of four Dragons, nothing is more important to me than ensuring the next generation is equipped to learn, lead, and succeed. I'm running for School Board because I am passionate about promoting CISD's excellence in academics, athletics, and other activities. As a School Board Trustee, I commit to building the brightest future possible for our beloved Dragons.

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?

OBJECTIVE 1: Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children.

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

The Bible.

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

With degrees in education policy and law, I have dealt with many of the educational and legal issues that face public schools. I will bring that educational and legal expertise to my service as a School Board Trustee. For Carroll ISD, I have served on the School Board Budget and Finance Committee, the School Board Student Health Advisory Committee, the new superintendent focus group, and as a PTO volunteer. In our community, I serve as a church youth group leader, a Cub Scout leader, on the board of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s Parents Guild, and support my kids’ teams in swimming, football, and baseball.

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

Very Conservative   

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

I've practiced as an attorney defending religious freedom for people of all faiths.

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?

Thank you!

2nd Amendment

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

Strongly Agree   

Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

I think there should be robust exemptions for families who have religious or other conscience-based objections to mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school.


  • Princeton University, Princeton, BA, 1995
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, JD, 2001
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Religious Freedom Institute, Board Member
  • DFW Alliance for Religious Freedom, Board Member
  • International Center for Law and Religious Studies, Senior Fellow
  • Cub Scouts Pack 928 (Longhorn Council), Committee Chair
  • Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Parents Guild Vice President
  • CISD Booster for Special Programs, Member
  • CISD Advanced Placement Booster Club, Member
  • Southlake Association for Gifted & Talented, Member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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