By Lenny Leatherman –
I believe it is our responsibility as members of the community to diligently search for the most qualified people to serve on our boards and committees.
Many of us spend a substantial amount of time choosing the best from among a large field of candidates for public office. Unfortunately, we often neglect to vet candidates for positions on local school boards.
How much do you actually know about WISD school board candidates?
Would you want someone on your corporate board of directors who doesn’t own stock in the company?
No… then why should we elect someone to the school board who doesn’t pay property taxes?
Ask Jeromy Puckett how much he pays in property taxes; or better yet – look him up on the Parker County Appraisal District website. The absence of his name speaks volumes!
Perhaps that explains why he found it so easy to speak in favor of the most recent WISD bond proposal that suffered a humiliating defeat.
Do we really want someone on the school board who doesn’t pay property taxes? I believe school board members should have a vested interest in the board’s decisions. The WISD school board approved the 2013-2014 Budget; a budget of $61,291,554.00 for fiscal year 2013-2014. As you can see, with board membership comes a significant amount of responsibility.
I urge you to look closely at the candidates’ qualifications. Do their claims of success accurately reflect their past performance?
Puckett was ask, “Why are you running for school board?” He responded by saying, “The future of the youth in a community that I love is extremely important to me.”
If ‘the future of the youth’ is really important to him, why wouldn’t he set an example in his private life by performing his civic duty to VOTE? I can find no record showing that Puckett cast a single vote during the last 18 years in a County, State or National primary election.
Is voting a prerequisite? I believe a voting history is an important part of a candidate’s attitude toward civic responsibility. Why should we consider voting for someone who does not even vote himself?
I believe if we are going to diligently search for the most qualified people to serve on our boards and committees, we should consider the total person, including success or failure in business, taxes, and voting records.
I am not suggesting that Jeromy Puckett is a bad person. He may be a good man. All I am suggesting is that we look closely at the qualifications of all candidates, including their attitudes toward civic responsibility .
We have a choice – and my choice is not Jeromy Puckett.