Candidates issue statements as early voting starts
Early voting begins Monday.
Following are those statements with candidates listed in alphabetical order by the office for which they filed.
Place 1 Jennifer Davenport
My name is Jennifer Kellar Davenpor t. I am a registered nurse currently running for Place 1 on the RISD school board this year.
I was raised in Rockdale and attended school here from kindergar ten until my graduation in May of 1993.
I returned to Rockdale in 2002 with the intent to raise my family here. I am marr ied and have four boys.
My purpose in seeking office is my strong desire to be a part of the educational process of our children.
I feel as though as a parent, I have not been included in many decisions regarding my children’s education over the past few years.
I would like to change that by helping keep the parents up to date and involved in the decision making process regarding their children’s education.
My goal is to advocate and be your voice when making decisions to incorporate the best educa - tion we can possibly give to our children.
I am willing to listen to the ideas from teachers and/or parents and stand up for what is right.
I would like to improve the communication bet ween the school board and the community and increase parental involvement.
Thank you for your vote.
Place 1 Mike Pruett
Hello, my name is Mike Pruett. I am running for re- election for Place One in the Rockdale ISD School Board election.
I was born and raised in Rockdale and graduated from Rockdale High School in 1981. I have been a selfemployed insura nce agent in Rockdale since 1985.
I have been married to my wife, Pam Pr u - ett, for 23 years. We have been blessed with two children, Ashley, who is a junior at Sam Houston State, and Tyler, who is a freshman at Rockdale High School.
I am an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale. I have served on the church council and other various committees within the church.
In late 2005, and early 2006, I served on the Rockdale ISD Citizens Advisory Committee for facilities, and also served as chairman of the financial sub- committee.
I ran, and was elected to, the school board in 2006. I ran again (unopposed) in 2009. I currently hold the position of secretary on the board.
Back in 2006, I stated that I think it is important to ask “why are you running for this position?” and “what can you offer to enhance the quality of our school system”. I still feel that way today.
I feel it is important to be involved where you live, and this is a way to give back to a community of which I am very proud to be a member.
The last six years, I feel like I have brought a degree of common sense and independent, level-headed, thinking to the decision- making process with which a board must deal. I do not feel an organization can accomplish anything worthwhile if it is divided, so I have always tried to consider all sides before making any decision.
It is certainly okay that we have our own opinions on individual issues, but I strongly believe, at the end of the day, the board must be pulling in the same direction in order to ser ve our constituents, which includes our students, teachers, administrators and taxpayers.
While there are many important aspects of being a board member, I strongly feel the academic achievements of our students should be a board member’s top priority. If one puts anything else above that, then we are there for the wrong reasons and will have shor t- changed our students.
After reading this, if you feel like I am the type of person you want to continue to serve your school district, then I respectfully ask for your vote on May 12.
Place 2 Dr. Fannie Lovelady-
My name is Dr. Fannie Lovelady- Spain and I am running for Place 2 for the Rockdale ISD Board of Education.
I am a proud product of the Rockdale school system and I believe that every child deserves the best education that we can provide.
As a school board member, I will support policies that promote high expectations, high standards, fairness and safety for both students and staff.
Having been a teacher, prin - cipal, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) superin- tendent and CA State Department manager with 40 years’ experience, I am thoroughly aware of the many challenges our schools face today.
We have all the tools necessary to provide our students a top-notch education; we need only the will to do so.
I would like to become your school board member so I can say yes to policies that support our children first.
I hold the following qualifications and experience for this position:
• Earned a PhD in Educational Administration
• Former teacher, principal, BIE Superintendent at all levels, K-16.
• Experienced leader of schools inside BIE, public, charter, grant, community, private and court schools in California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.
• Author and publisher of “No Principal Left Behind: Leadership Coaching for the 21st Century and Beyond,” a how-to book for school principals to transform their schools from within.
• Published research articles in professional educational journals.
• Founder of the Fannie Page Lovelady Foundation, a non- profit organization, designed to train high school and college students in leadership development.
• Served community as Rockdale city councilwoman ( 2002-2005), member of the 10th Texas Silver- Haired Legislature, member of Milam County Historical Commission, the Rockdale Music Club, the Lions’ Club and numerous other organizations.
Thank you for your vote.
Place 2 Troy Zinn
My family has lived in Rockdale for 10 years where I own my own accounting business.
I am a board member of the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
As a father with children on three of the four campuses, I will have a child in the RISD for the next 12 years, giving me a vested interest in the long- term quality of our district.
I strongly believe in education coming first.
Our education system must provide a safe and challenging environment to allow our children to grow to be productive and responsible citizens and that the school board and administration must be the best stewards of resources that they can be.
I bring to the school board nearly 20 years of accounting, budgeting, project management and business management experience having been the chief financial of ficer, controller and human resource director for private and publicly traded companies.
I understand the need to balance the limited resources that are available. RISD will be facing some very difficult decisions concerning those resources, whether they be of a financial or human nature.
These upcoming decisions require someone who can keep the focus on the best for the students and staff of our schools.
I will take into consideration input from the students, parents and community when making those decisions.
I am that person and I encourage all registered voters to get out and vote in this election.
East Ward Donald Brummett
Hello fellow citizens of Rockdale.
My name is Donald Brummett and I would love to represent our city by having your vote for the east ward seat on the city council.
I am the general manager of the Days Inn here in Rockdale. I will work hard to help make Rockdale become a pla ce where people love to come.
I have two main objectives that I want to work on.
1. Jobs. We need to do everything we can to identif y companies that are looking for a central loca - tion for their business and Rockdale is geographically very viable for this.
2. Water. We as a city need to provide clean quality water with minimum disruptions of service to our residents and businesses. Without this, prospective businesses can be reluctant to locate here.
If these two objectives are to be met - it will take everyone in Rockdale to come together and work with pride in the city towards a common goal.
Together, Rockdale can and will become great. I welcome anyone to come by and see me and talk over any issues mentioned.
Please get out and vote, early voting starts Monday April 30, so there’s no reason to wait. I thank you in advance for your suppor t and thank all of you that go to the polls.
The more people that vote, the stronger the voice.
You can e-mail me at electdonald firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am seeking election to represent all members of our town. I want to help make Rockdale an even greater place and help pave the decisions for the future.
We have so much potential in this town, but it takes perspective from all generations to help make those decisions.
I want to bring the younger perspective into the decision making process for Rockdale! I want to be a part of the economic growth in Rockdale.
I want to see great changes in our already wonderful town. I want to improve city ser vices for our residents and businesses.
I want to help develop a strong plan to help continued growth in our town. We have a lot of assets in this town and I have some great ideas to help make these assets even better.
When elected to city council, I will do my best to represent you, the tax paying citizens.
I will always have an open ear to listen to concerns and ideas. I will help express the citizen’s voice and views in council meetings.
Remember to vote and elect Colby Fisher for West Ward City Council. “A Younger Vision For Rockdale, Tomorrow Is Looking Great!”
West Ward Tom Fisher
Hello, my name is Tom Fisher and I am asking for your vote on May 12. I am asking you to seat me in the west ward council seat being vacated by Allan Miller.
I am a lifelong resident of Milam County and have lived in the city of Rockdale for the past 50 years.
I have had the honor to serve as a west ward councilman for six years in the past. I was defeated in the last election by 10 votes.
I have tried to stay active in projects that are going on in the city. I was active in the negotiation of the land deal and the purchase of the Wolf Park property.
I also help ed in the Veterans Park Project. I also ser ve d on numerous com - mittees while on the city council.
I am a mem- ber of the Liberty Commu- nity Church. I am president of the Liberty Cemetery Association and am also the groundskeeper.
I enjoy singing in church with my good friends, Bud and Mary Jane Morgan of Waco. Mary Jane is the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Joe Weldon Bailey and Marjorie Bailey of Milano.
I am a member of Rockdale Masonic Lodge No. 414. I am also a 32nd degree Mason and a Ben Hur Shriner.
I have been involved with the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department since 1964.
I have served in many positions while being involved there. I am the assistant city fire marshal at this time. I have volunteered my services in many capacities.
If elected, I will strive to be fair and honest. I will also guard your tax dollars to the best of my ability.
I will try to make sure they are spent for the things that will better our town and the place where we live and make our homes.
I will strive to get new business to come to town, also.
So, with this short statement, I am asking you to cast your ballot for Tom Fisher, a common- sense man with common-sense plans.
Thank you and God bless.
East Ward Willie Phillips Sr.
I am Willie Phillips Sr. East Ward City Council member.
I have lived in Rockdale all my life. I am married and have two grown children.
Being chairman of Volunteer Tutoring/ Resource and of the Original Twelve Social & Civic Club has extended my communit y services.
Many changes has effected the city of Rockdale, as you may have noticed.
Since elected and ser ving on city council the conditions of the city have been one of my priorities.
As councilman representing the East Side, I’ve reported incidents of road conditions, water line breakage and other things.
I have encouraged citizens to attend and get involved in the city.
Some of the citizens have called me to come and talk with them on what they need to do to get answers to their problems answered.
I am seeking re- election.
I ask you to vote for me for another term in office.
West Ward Colby Fisher
My name is Colby Fisher and I was born and raised in Thorndale.
I am the son of Keith and Debra (Luetge) Fisher. I’ve been a dedicated employee of Wright Distributing in Taylor for over 10 years.
I am an assistant area manager where I manage a team of about 15 people on a daily basis.
I married my wife, Brooksy Davidson - Fisher in March of 2006. We purchased our first home in 2008. Rockdale is now my home and is where my two-year old daughter, Paisly will always call home.
We are members of First Christian Church.