Candidates issue statements as early voting starts

Bowermon Bowermon Editor’s note: The Reporter invited candidates in contested races in the May 14 Rockdale city and school elections to submit statements of candidacy for voters to consider.

Early voting begins Monday.

Following are those statements with candidates listed in alphabetical order by the office for which they filed.

School Board

Place 7 Kent Bowermon

My name is Kent Bowermon and I am running for the Rockdale Independent School District Board of Trustees Place 7.

I have been married to Kath - ie for 39 years and we have two children. Keely, our daughter, graduated from Texas A&M and has one child, Aspen.

Our son, Kade, graduated from Southwest Texas State and has one child, Kole.

I graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelors degree in education majoring in history and government. Two years later I finished my masters degree in guidance and counseling.

Miller Miller Several years later, I continued my education at East Texas State University and obtained the administration and superintendent certification.

My work experiences include: Six years as a junior high social studies teacher in Lubbock; one year as a junior high social studies teacher in Arlington; three years as a high school government teacher in Arlington, three years as a junior high assistant principal in Arlington; three years as a high school assistant principal, fourteen years as a high school principal in Big Spring; and four years as a superintendent in Weimar.

Coaching was also an integral part of my educational career.

When I retired from education my wife wanted a change and applied for a position in Rockdale. She was hired as a counselor at Rockdale High School.

Dawson Dawson We moved to Rockdale in August of 2005 and bought our house in September of that year. We enjoy the community and the people greatly.

I am currently a member of the Rockdale Rotary Club.

With my retirement I started missing the interaction with students and teachers and began substituting in Rockdale.

I have also done long- term interim work with oth- er school districts in Texas.

Several people have inquired as to the reason I am seeking a position on the RISD School Board. I feel strongly about running for the school board because:

• I believe in public education.

• I have 33 years of experience that can be called upon and used appropriately.

• I have been blessed with a great career and feel that I need to give back to the system that was so good to my family and me.

Pruett Pruett • Being a board member is a civic responsibility.

I believe in public education and to that end both of my children attended public school until they graduated from high school and then both attended a public university. Education is the great equalizer.

With my background I bring 33 years of knowledge and experience to the table.

I have had good and bad experiences with each one being a learning experience that could benefit the district.

With the current budget problems in Austin, the local districts are going to be scrambling to find solutions.

I believe my background would be a definite advantage. One of the mottos of Rotary is “service above self” and serving as a board member is definitely an opportunity to give back to a great community.

I sincerely hope when you, the voter, look at all the information you feel that I can best serve you as your school board member.

Calame Calame I would appreciate your vote on May 14th.

School Board

Place 7 Henry Miller

As a dedicated resident of Rockdale, I am thrilled to be running for the school board.

Growing up in Rockdale I have come to stand for three things.

The first is community. I was born and raised in Rockdale. I at tended Rockdale schools. To this day I am a supporter and active participant in Rockdale athletics and other community events.

I am currently a trustee of Springfield Baptist Church.

I am also a dedicated youth leader. Community is very important to me. I believe that we have the best community in this great state of ours.

I am confident that I can do more great works for our community as a part of the school board.

Darby Darby The second thing I stand for is academic excellence and inclusiveness. I believe that every child in the this community deserves the chance to have an outstanding educational experience.

The idea of being inclusive means that all children deserve equal opportunities within our regular school program.

No child should be left out due to mental or physical illnesses. Being a part of our school board means that I would have the chance to make sure that all of the young residents in our community have the chance to get an education.

The third thing I stand for is fiscal responsibility. We have to put our hard-earned tax dollars to good use. We have to make wise decisions to maximize the results we can get from what we have to work with.

Being fiscally responsible means that we, as a community, improve the curriculum without breaking the bank and without putting unnecessary stress on our teachers.

I believe that as a member of the RISD School Board, I can help strengthen our community, push for academic excellence and be fiscally responsible.

So remember, that I care about Rockdale and our schools because “I am Rockdale.”

City Council

East Ward Melody Dawson

I am a fourth generation legacy from the Lovelady family.

I am the greatg randdaughter of Will and Anna Page and the granddaughter of Artis and Fannie Lovelady. My mother is Dr. Fannie Lovelady Spain, former Rockdale city councilwoman. My late father was Donald Dawson, former city councilman of Clarksville.

I moved to Rockdale in 2003 and have been summering in Rockdale since I was six.

I worked in companies that produce technology products including Dell in Round Rock, Intel and Symantec Corporation. My specific expertise is in developing operational infrastructure for global departments, designing internal processes,

I am a cer tified project man - agement professional. At Dell, I brought together people with differing opinions and worked with them to establish common goals and successfully accomplished them. For that, I received the prestigious “Operational Excellence Gold Award” from my divisional vice-president.

As a mother of a toddler, I understand the importance of providing youth with opportunities to thrive, both recreationally and educationally. I am committed to finding new ways to provide Rockdale East Ward youth with positive recreation activities.

I have formed a consulting company, Lovelady School Leadership Consulting Services, with my mother to help schools improve student achievement.

I have extensive experience in political service. I was a precinct secretary, a county delegate, a Texas delegate alternate, and organized fund raising activities with Texas state senators, representative and other elected officials.

I also organized and chaired a young professional political group in Austin and worked at the national level to form similar groups across the nation.

I am a strong believer in community involvement. I ser ved as secretary of the East Side Action Committee in 2004 and as part of my small Rockdale based non-profit organization, conducted a Rockdale East- Ward summer Youth Leadership Conference where I presented scholarships to promising high school leaders.

I speak multiple languages, including Spanish, am a notary and is a new member of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce .I am in the process of becoming a new member of Rockdale Lion’s Club.

I attend Rockdale City Council, Planning and Zoning, and Municipal Development District meetings regularly.

I am pro-active, energetic, pragmatic and fair minded, I believe as populations from Austin, Waco and Bryan College Station continue to sprawl, Rockdale could one day develop into a thriving city without losing its small town charm, a place where citizens and visitors alike have an appreciation for “Rockdale Pride.”

I am a team player and believe that Together we can make it happen. I have the strong leadership skills and experience needed to make decisions that matter to Rockdale voters including improving infrastructure, paving roads and upgrading the water/waste water services, economic development by strengthening existing businesses and attracting new businesses, city beautification, improving recreation opportunities for east ward youth, supporting education, supporting Rockdale Senior Citizen programs and initiatives.

City Council

East Ward Steve Pruett

A native son, lifelong resident and a product of Rockdale, I was born, raised, educated and taught to fear Jesus in Rockdale.

My father, Terry, worked for 40 years at Alcoa and my mother, Josephine ( Jo) has been an insurtance agent in Rockdale for 35 years.

My roots and experience here run deep.

A small busi - ness owner myself, for over 23 years I have owned and operated Steve’s Texaco/ Tire & Alignment in Rockdale and am well versed in the requirements needed to manage, operate and continue a business through a variety of economic climates.

I am seeking common sense city government that reflects and recognizes the economic challenges and realities that both this city and its surrounding area faces and the need to make the most efficient and productive use of your tax dollars to maintain and improve our city’s streets, water, sewer, services, infrastructure and law enforcement.

At the same time, we must maintain proper focus on economic and job development to ensure that Rockdale is an attractive candidate for business and industry looking to locate and expand into the Central Texas area and seek and utilize the state and federal resourvces available to help accomplish this.

I’ve lived here all my life, am proud to be a Rockdalian and desire only better for her.

I welcome your ideas and input and ask for your vote to accomplish this.

Please exercise your right to vote. Thank you.

City Council

West Ward Doug Calame

I have filed for reelection to my west ward seat on the Rockdale City Council.

I began my experience with the City of Wortham when my father passed away. I filled my father’s one-year unexpired term and learned about the city structure and finances.

I then signed up for the elect ion of a two- year, at-large seat which I won. By the end of the third year, I felt like I understood the city government process, so I ran and won again.

While serving as a city councilman I was instrumental in acquiring two city grants from HOTCOG (Heart of Texas Council of Governments) for $150,000 each.

I then filled a one year unexpired term as mayor, then won a two-year term for that post.

I was born and raised in Wortham, graduated from Wortham High School, then obtained my bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University.

I have been involved in many different community activities, serving on the fire department for 20 years where I served as fire chief, training coordinator, secretary and treasurer.

I have been in the Masonic Lodge for 21 years and past master for 18 years.

I have worked in power generation for 21 years, starting my career with Houston Lighting & Power at their Limestone Electric Generation Station in Jewett.

While working with HL&P, I acquired a water and waste water license which enabled me to have a working knowledge of the city’s infrastructure.

I joined Luminant in March, 2008, as a plant operator to run the Oak Grove Generation Station in Franklin. In June, 2010, I took a supervisor position with Luminant at Franklin.

In July, 20 08, I purchased a home and moved to Rockdale. My wife Sandee and I attend St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Sandee is a reading specialist for the Rockdale Independent School District.

I have one daughter. MaKenzie Calame, who is a junior at Teague High School.

I also have two step daughters, Hilary Miller of Austin, and Haley Miller, who is a junior at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

City Council

West Ward Gary Darby

Hello, my name is Gary Darby.

I am running for city council in the west ward.

Rockdale has been my home all my life.

I have resided in the west ward since 1979 and have been a business owner since 1981 for Rockdale F loor Covering Co.

I want to see Rockdale grow.

As I have invested my business and family in Rockdale. I ask for your support on May 14th.

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