Candidate Profile
Eric Stengel

Non-Partisan , Texas


Eric Stengel
Richardson ISD School Board Place 7

Panel Rating

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Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Eric Randolph Stengel during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
  • 2020 Party Primary: Republican
  • 2018 Party Primary: Republican
  • Voted in 4 Republican Primaries 2010 - 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.

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 function of the local school board is to ensure that the superintendent is carrying out the mission and vision of the school district as it pertains to both local and Tx educational code and law.

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

The authority to set curriculum resides with the Tx State Board of Education and the various committees. The Texas Education Agency implements standards through the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills, which are mandated in all public schools and charter schools. The local school system determines the best curriculum to use to ensure that standards are 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

Vocational Learning: Extremely Important Personal Finances: Extremely Important Mathematics: Essential Language Arts: Essential American & Texas History: Essential Art&Music: Essential Information Technology: Essential Foreign Language: Essential Social Emotional Learning: - Essential

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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?

Parents or caregivers are the primary teachers in regard to the teaching of sexual education of children. Typically, in regard to puberty and changes in one’s natural human anatomy, the topic of health education and science should be taught in the preteen years. In regard to sexual education, such advanced topics should be taught as a matter of choice in High School health courses.

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

Sexual education should include all topics of physical and emotional outcomes including contraception, abstinence, abortion, sexual orientation, gender identity, human anatomy/reproductive system, stages of pregnancy and development. The reason that most topics should be covered is because students must be informed about such matters according to their own conscience when they graduate.


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.

Strongly Disagree   

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 Roman Catholic Christian who believes in the principles of life, liberty and the persuit of happiness as endowed to us by our Creator. I also profess to the separation of church and state and acknowledge that one’s faith should not make the public arena a theocracy; however an expression of one’s faith should not be excluded in the public arena either.


Why are you running for this office?

A quality public education is crucial to ensure that we are forming future citizens and productive members of our society here in Richardson ISD and Dallas County. The bitter divisions in our country is a result of a lack of education and the ability to form future critical thinkers that are willing to dialogue. Furthermore, my daughter attends Richardson ISD at one of the elementary campuses. In addition, I am an alumn and graduate of the District and wish to give back to the 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?

Objective 4: “A well-balanced and appropriate curriculum will be provided to all students. Through that curriculum, students will be prepared to succeed in a variety of postsecondary activities, including employment and enrollment in institutions of higher education.”

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

There are way too many books to list, however my top three would be the following: Jules Verne’s “The Journey to the Center of The Earth” sparked my interest in Science and critical thinking as given to me by my teacher in elementary school. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton for it’s great literary style and sense of finding a higher purpose. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale is quite an inspirational work as well.

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

My day job consists of credentialing and compliance of physicians and advanced practice providers. However, my other educational experience and qualifications include the following: Certified in Human Resources Management from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP) Active Teaching License and former teacher Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Philisophy and Education Personal job coach and recruiter Prior experience working with political campaigns and learning about government.

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.

Volunteer for the following political campaigns: Ted Cruz for Senate (race against Lt. Gov Dewhurst) Paul Brown for Congress Greg Abbott for Governor Katrina Pierson for Congress Various State races

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 a graduate of the public school system, and also had the privilege of attending a private liberal arts school for two years as well. While the public education system prepared me well; the question to consider is can it be better?

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?

While I generally support vaccines for most attending public school, I don’t believe they should be mandatory given the exceptions for religious exemptions, or personal health reasons as discussed between a patient and their physician.


  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, BA, 2003
  • University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Post Bac - Teacher Cert Program, 2007
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Catholic Charities/North Tx Food Bank, Mobile Food Pantry volunteer
  • St Joseph Catholic Church, Volunteer
  • Paul Brown for US Congress, Volunteer
  • Katrina Pierson for US Congress, Volunteer
  • Gregg Abbott for Tx Governor, Volunteer
  • Stefani Carter for Tx House, Volunteer
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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