Candidate Profile
Andrew Yeager

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Andrew Yeager
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Special Election - Carroll ISD School Board, 7
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Conservatives

2
Hannah Smith, Southlake Families PAC

Reported by Candidate

6
Mayor John Huffman, City of Southlake, Chad Patton, Southlake City Council, CISD School Board Trustee Hannah Smith, CISD School Board Trustee Cam Bryan, Rick Barnes, Tarrant County Republican Party Chair, Tim O'Hare, former Tarrant County Republican Party

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Greg Abbott (2016), WinRed (2020)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Selected Financial Source Documents

Campaign Finance Report - period of 8/11/2021 through 9/23/2021
Campaign Finance Report - period of 9/24/2021 through 10/23/2021
 

Other Information

Bio
Candidate's Vision & Goals:
  • Students First
  • Sound Fiscal Policies
  • Support Teachers
Participated in Southlake Foundation's Candidate Forum
  • 15:07 Spoke against Carroll ISD Cultural Competence Action Plan (CCAP)
  • 24:10 "Equity and excellence collide when it comes to curriculum and I think we have to say, 'Let's embrace excellence,' whether it's on the athletic field or academically."
  • 28:46 When asked, "How will you promote diversity and inclusion in schools and what is your specific plan of action to unify to district?", candidate responded:
    • "Southlake has become a melting pot."
    • Realized through the CCAP process is that there is a great chart that shows we have a 88+% white in 2008 and that has now dropped down to 66% - we are becoming more diverse all the time because people of every ethnicity had the same idea (moving here because of the schools) - the schools are becoming diverse automatically because we're attracting so many great people from all over the world - respect, accountability, transparency
  • 36:12 When asked, "What is your stance on COVID protocols in schools, specifically what is your opinion on wearing masks in schools, online learning, and vaccinations?", candidate responded:
    • Regarding masks: "I believe that the school administration got it right,"
      • We are following the law of the state - even if you wanted to have a mask mandate, consider this: I don't disrespect your opinions at all and understand everyone has safety on their minds, but school districts are getting sued by the Governor and if we walk down that road, we are probably going to get sued - anyone who wants to wear a mask can and I respect that decision and we should embrace those people for making that personal decision; we should not ostracize them
    • Regarding online learning: "I am a big fan of in-person learning because there is learning loss associated with that [online learning] and that we can do it in the most safe possible manner."
  • 49:34 "There's a word that, Stephanie, you have used and that people in this community have used and I don't think it's the right tone... The word is 'demand.' I didn't find it appropriate that the word "demand" is something that would be reiterated and reiterated by so many people... they didn't ask the school board to take a look at things, they didn't say, 'Here's a suggestion.'"
  • 50:30 "This idea of going to the school board and making demands, signing letters of demands... the word demand does nothing but divide everybody."
  • 54:20 "When I saw CCAP and saw elements of CRT... anytime you see one race, skin color, or ethnicity is either superior or inferior, it reminds me of a room of children with masks and a room of children without masks. These children cannot have messages that they are different. Celebrate differences, but don't divide on these differences. I don't want to see it ever in our curriculum, I don't want to see it on the sport fields, I don't want it anywhere in our life at all. It is segregation.
  • 1:03:30 When asked, "Do you support SROs (School Resource Officers)?", candidate responded: "Absolutely." "When I saw that my opponent had signed the [SARC] Demand Letter, I was very surprised that anybody in the state of Texas would ever sign something where there was a demand to disband the SROs." "We need people to prevent anything from happening."
Party Primary Voting History for Andrew Austin Yeager during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
  • 2020 Party Primary: Republican
  • 2018 Party Primary: Republican
  • Voted in 2 Republican Primaries 2014-2016
**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

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   

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 Agree   


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?

A trustee’s duty includes oversight of the administration. For the last two years, CISD was not ready for the start of school. Last year’s virtual learning offering wasn’t well-planned or executed. This year started with dozens of positions unfilled. With 31+ years business experience, I will make sure our ISD is ready for every school year.

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

The school board has authority working with the curriculum director to make sure that the curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with Texas State Law.

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

Math, Language Arts, American History, Science, Information Technology, Personal Finances, Vocational Learning, Foreign Language

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 Disagree   

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   


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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.

Strongly Disagree   

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?

Sexual education should be something parents should oversee. It should not be introduced in schools until children are age-appropriate in 7th or 8th grade.

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

It should be kept strictly to human anatomy/the reproductive system, as well as stages of pregnancy and fetal development. Abstinence should be stressed above all.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I'm Catholic, and attend weekly Mass at Good Shepherd Catholic Community. We're involved with GSCC's pro-life community and have marched in two pro-life rallies in Austin.


Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

Running for school board is an opportunity to give back to my community - as CISD has blessed my family in many ways, including preparing our children so well for college.

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?

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?

I start everyday reading my copy of "Jesus Calling" that my wife gave to me. It's a great reminder that we should approach everyday with a an attitude of gratitude and prayer.

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

I have more than 31 years of business experience as well as being an adjunct professor at a local North Texas college. This makes me uniquely qualified to understand the needs of teachers who recently had to take their classes online during the pandemic as I had to do that with class. I also understand how students struggled taking online classes.

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'm a proud fiscal and social conservative. I've been endorsed by Matt Rinaldi, Chairman Texas GOP, as well as numerous conservative Texas political leaders, which you can find listed on my website. https://www.andrewyeager4cisd.com/endorsements-testimonials. I have voted in every local, state and federal election since living in Texas. I have always voted for conservative candidates.

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?

I'm the true conservative in this race. My opponent is backed by a radical student group that wanted to get rid of our armed police officers in the schools, implement CRT in the school curriculum, hire based upon race (not merit) and on and on.


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?

Absolutely not. This is a personal decision that should be made by parents.


Background

Education
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.A. in Communications, 1990
  • Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, M.A. in Integrated Marketing with honors, 2019
Work & Military
  • NBC Universal, Regional Sales Director, 2014-Present
  • University of North Texas, Adjunct Professor, 2019-Present
Affiliations
  • Carroll High School Marching Band Boosters, Volunteer
  • Men's Club Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church, Former Secretary, Casino Night Fundraiser
  • Southlake Sister Cities, Parent Volunteer
  • DFW Junior Achievement, Mentor
  • Grapevine Sailing Club, Former Fleet Secretary, volunteer
  • National Clear the Shelters Pet Adoption Day, Volunteer
  • YMCA's Adventure Guides/Indian Princess program, Co-Led Program
  • Youth Soccer in Wilmette, IL, Former Soccer Coach
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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