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.
Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
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.
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?
The function of a local school board is to provide governance and oversight to the administration led by the superintendent.
Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?
Guidelines for curriculum standards are established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with some flexibility given to the local district.
Please list 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 Information Technology Foreign Language Art & Music Physical Fitness Vocational Learning
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 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.
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 to help children turn from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria 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.
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?
Parents have the primary responsibility for teaching sexual education to their children and it should be done during puberty.
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: Human anatomy, human development, sexual orientation, the reproductive system and abstinence.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in the saving work of Jesus the Christ on the cross of Calvary. I believe that Jesus died, was resurrected and ascended into heaven. My values are loving God first and loving my neighbor as myself. I believe in prayer, forgiveness, being generous, having a servant's heart, justice, righteousness living and other teachings in the New Testament.
Why are you running for this office?
I am running for re-election because I have a passion for our public schools and I desire to continue to use my leadership skills to further the success of our district.
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?
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 Bible, Kingdom Man by Tony Evans, Anointing: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by R.T. Kendall, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor by Mark Labberton, Just Stevenson by Bryan Stevenson, and Strength to Love by Martin Luther King.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I have 17 years of experience on the school board. I am a graduate of Leadership TASB, and each year I complete more than the required continuing education for school board members.
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.
The only label I give myself is Christian. My faith sets the standards for my decisions not partisan politics.
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 have been married to my high school sweetheart Evelyn for 48 years. We have four children who have all graduated from CFISD high schools and from college (two with Masters Degrees). They have given us 13 grandchildren. I have had the privilege of pastoring First Metropolitan Church in NW Houston for 35 years. My three sons Johnny, Joseph and Jordan preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have served CFISD for 17 years with an outstanding record of leadership and consensus building. I strongly believe in the motto of our district: OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.
Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.
Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?
I do support mandatory vaccinations for children to prevent the spread of disease. The vaccination of students has served public education well for decades.