Candidate Profile
John Ogletree

Non-Partisan , Texas


John Ogletree
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD School Board, Position 5

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon



Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Selected Contributions


ActBlue (2020), Annies List PAC (2019), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2021), Jon Rosenthal (2020), Royce West (2020), Sheila Jackson Lee (2018), Sylvester Turner (2014)







Selected Financial Source Documents

Campaign Finance Report - period of 7/19/2021 through 9/23/2021

Other Information

Party Primary Voting History for John D Ogletree Jr during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
  • 2020 Party Primary: Democratic
  • 2018 Party Primary: Democratic
  • Voted in 6 Democratic Primaries 1994-2016
  • Voted in 1 Republican Primary 2014
**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.
Signed "Resolution Condemning Racism and Affirming the District's Commitment to Opportunity for All", promoting the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate program.


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   


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.

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.


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 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.

Strongly Disagree   

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.

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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 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.

No Answer   

Therapy to help children turn from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria 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 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 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.

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 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?

No Answer   

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.

2nd Amendment

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

Strongly Disagree   

Other Important Issues

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.


  • U of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, BA, 1973
  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1979
Work & Military
  • Burney, Caggins, Hartsfield Attorney at Law, Attorney, 17
  • First Metropolitan Church, Pastor, 35
  • Union Baptist Association, Moderator
  • Baptist General Convention of Texas, Chair of the Executive Board
  • Baptist General Convention of Texas, Vice President
  • NAACP Houston Branch, Executive Committee
  • Texas Caucus of Black School Board, Chaplin
  • CFISD Board Trustee, Held 17

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