Board elections

Date of Next Election: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Location: Dallas Counties Voting Centers (Locations vary and will be updated periodically and noted in the Election Notice that will be posted on the Election Page in 2020.)

Filing period for May 2, 2020 general election

The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot in a school district’s general election is Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the 30th day before the filing deadline.

The filing deadline for a general election is 5 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2020, the 78th day before Election Day. The deadline to file a declaration of write-in candidacy is 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the 74th day before Election Day.

Please return all election forms to:
Mechelle Hogan
Board Services Manger
501 S. Jupiter Rd.
Garland, Texas 75042
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trustee information

Trustee Places 4 and 5 are up for election in 2020. 

Jed Reed

Jed Reed
Elected May 2016
Reelected May 2017
Expires May 2019

Jamie Miller

Jamie Miller
Elected May 2017
Expires May 2019

 Eligibility to be a trustee 

Per Board Policy BBA(LEGAL), to be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, the office of school board member, a person must:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable.
  • Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
  • Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.
  • Have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
    • For an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.
    • For a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in.
    • For an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made.
  • Be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described at item 5, above.
  • Election Code 1.020, 141.001(a); Gov’t Code 601.009; Brown v. Patterson, 609 S.W.2d 287 (Tex. Civ. App.—Dallas 1980, no writ); Tex. Const. Art. XVI, Sec. 14

Qualified voter

A person may not be elected trustee of an independent school district unless the person is a qualified voter. Education Code 11.061(b)
“Qualified voter” means a person who:

  • Is 18 years of age or older;
  • Is a United States citizen;
  • Has not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  • Has not been finally convicted of a felony [see also Atty. Gen. Op. LO 96-114 (1996) (concluding that caveat at Election Code 11.002 does not mitigate blanket prohibition in Election Code 141.001, above at Eligibility)];
  • Is a resident of this state; and
  • Is a registered voter.

Election Code 1.020, 11.002

Residency

“Residence” means domicile, one’s home and fixed place of habitation to which one intends to return after any temporary absence; one does not lose one’s residence status by leaving to go to another place for temporary purposes only. A person does not acquire a residence in a place to which the person has come for temporary purposes only and without the intention of making that place the person's home. Residence shall be determined in accordance with the common-law rules, as enunciated by the courts of this state, except as otherwise provided by the Election Code.
Election Code 1.015

Single-Member Districts
A candidate for board member representing a single-member district must be a resident of the district the candidate seeks to represent.
Education Code 11.052(g)

Note: The issue of whether a candidate has satisfied residency requirements should be judicially determined. State v. Fischer, 769 S.W.2d 619 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 1989, writ dism’d w.o.j)

Ineligibility

A person is ineligible to serve as a member of the board of a district if the person has been convicted of an offense under Penal Code 43.02(b) (regarding prostitution). Education Code 11.066