Candidate Profile
Blake Sawyer

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Blake Sawyer
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Richardson ISD School Board Place 7
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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Selected Financial Source Documents

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Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Andrew Blake Sawyer during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
  • 2020 Party Primary: Did Not Vote
  • 2018 Party Primary: Did Not Vote
  • Voted in 0 Primaries 1990 - 2016
**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.

Questionnaire

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   


Economy

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

Agree   

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

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   


Education

What is the function of the local school board?

I see the role of the school board as there to advise the district, and specifically the superintendent on the needs of those within the district. The goal is to listen to those needs, make sure concerns are heard, and the schools are resources to provide hope and opportunities to our students. The school board also helps set goals that the schools should work towards educationally, and hold accountable the administrations that those goals are being achieved.

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

The school board definitely has a role in making sure that educational goals are set for the entire district, and the state also sets goals and required learning objectives. I think that it is then necessary for those who have experience designing and resourcing curriculum the have a say in how those goals and objectives are met. While there may be opportunities for the superintendent and the school board to object to certain curricula, the staff in the schools and the teachers at each grade level will likely have a better understanding of the needs at those developmental levels.

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, Mathematics, Science, American History, Physical Fitness, Art and Music, Social Emotional Learning, Vocational Learning, Information Technology, Finances, Sexuality, Foreign Language

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   

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

No Answer   

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

Agree   

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

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.

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.

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.

Agree   

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

While the primary responsibility for teaching children sexual education should be from the home, there are important partners in that role with religious groups, medical professionals, and the school systems. Children, from a young age, should be responsibly taught about how they were made and about their bodies and changes to them. A high priority should be for religious organizations to aid in understanding the deeper purpose in our unique anatomy and the blessings those can be. When children grow and begin to change, medical professionals and schools should be able to assist in providing factual information into what those changes mean so that children can process those changes in environments other than peer groups.

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, human anatomy/the reproductive system, stages of pregnancy and fetal development, abstinence, consent, and contraceptive methods.


Values

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.

Neutral   

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

Agree   

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

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.

Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that everyone is created equal, that in our hearts all are the same, and that there is no such thing as a perfect person or a perfect candidate. That because of this, we are called to believe that someone other than ourselves needed to create a way for us to be made right. My faith teaches me that that person was Jesus Christ, who made a way for me when I could not, and that there is nothing I could do to earn his love and forgiveness. Because of the work he has already done, I and anyone else who believes already have a relationship with him. Among my values are that faith and family come first, that we are good stewards of the resources we have, and that we give back and work to make the community we live in a better place. I believe that everyone, regardless of ethnicity, creed, ability, age, or economic status has the same value. Because of these values, I feel that I would use the resources I have been given to make sure every student in the district has what they need.


Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

I decided to run for the Richardson ISD school board because I love our community, the city of Richardson, the schools we steward, and the students who are learning and growing. My mission and goal have always been to help others. The board is a place where my experience can merge with my heart to help every student regardless of their neighborhood. Through work experiences, such as serving our community at Watermark Church and helping others as a digital forensic examiner for a nearby police department, my goal has always been "how can I use my abilities and experience to give hope to everyone with whom I come into contact." Also, having been a foster parent, my mission has always been to provide a safe place where children can thrive.

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

Disagree   

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

While several of the objectives are worthwhile to the success of our future generations, one that I see as the main function of our educational system is 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?

I have loved reading from a young age. The Bible, as well as Desiring God by John Piper and Time to Get Serious By Tony Evan helped shape my faith and personal life. Several books by Steven Levitt Stephen Dubner have helped me see the world differently when it came to making professional and financial decisions. From a fiction perspective, the Narnia series, Harry Potter, and the works of Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) have been influential in creating time with my family

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

My goal has always been to help others in whatever capacity I am in. Whether is was working in support or engineering at Apple, providing help to ministries at Watermark Community Church, or providing hope to victims when working as a digital examiner at the Plano Police Department, I have always been others-focused. This, I believe has prepared me to be available and relational in a role on the School board. As a parent to 3 children and a foster parent to 8 others, I have worked to advocate for every person I have had under my care, and this same spirit would lead me to advocate for children in Richardson ISD. As a community member, I have used my education in Computer Science from Harin-Simmons to help within our school system to make sure the technology we give to students is used as tools and doesn't take away form learning.

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

Conservative   

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

I think my track record, while limited in the political realm, would show that I value making sure every person succeeds, regardless of station or creed. My faith, education, and work history would follow a more conservative and service track record. While my voting record has always been independent, on social and economic issues, I have always seemed to lean towards a more conservative approach.

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

No

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

In serving on the board, my goal is to help all students be equipped and cared for, and to resource our teachers and staff with the tools they need to impact students' futures. Several fantastic teachers influenced me as a student, and I was raised by an educator who focused on children with special needs. I know that exceptional teachers can do so much when they are properly resourced, and the foundations for our future are sown in good public schools.


2nd Amendment

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

Neutral   


Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

I support the current system of students having needed vaccinations or requiring a waiver from the state if certain vaccinations have not yet been provided. Not every immunization should be required, for example, the flu shot, but having a list of vaccinations to help prevent the spread of disease is a great resource to the community in which we live.


Background

Education
  • Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, BBA-Computer Science, 2004
  • Wylie High School, Wylie, 2001
Work & Military
  • Amped Software, VP Technical Sales and support, 2
  • Plano Police Department, Digital Media Analyst, 5
  • Watermark Community Church, Technical Services Director, 5
  • Apple Inc, Genius/QA Engineer, 3.5
Affiliations
  • Watermark Community Church, Member/Volunteer
  • RISD Technology Advisory Committee, Volunteer
  • Compassion International, Contributor
  • Arapaho Classical Magnet PTA, Member/Volunteer
  • Covenant Kids, Foster family
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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