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Texas Railroad Commissioner Candidate
Chrysta Castañeda for Texas Railroad Commissioner-"The Texas Railroad Commission is the state agency that oversees all oil and gas drilling—one of the largest drivers of the Texas economy. As an Engineer and an oil and gas attorney, I know the law and the technology to prevent the outrageous levels of waste, to stop pollution, and to get the commission back on track. I'm Chrysta Castañeda, and I'm excited to announce today that I will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the Texas Railroad Commission in 2020." Chrysta graduated with her J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She is a founding partner of her law firm in Dallas, Texas. Focus: oil and gas litigation in the upstream sector, commercial litigation and products liability, and disputes involving technical evidence. Her winning verdict in Pecos, Texas for an oil and gas plaintiff has been recognized by the National Law Journal and named to the Texas Lawyer's Verdicts Hall of Fame. SChrysta has held leadership positions in a variety of non-profit agencies focused on improving women’s lives. She is a board member of the Texas Women’s Foundation and was previously the board chair of Ignite Texas, a non-partisan organization focused on building political ambition in young women. The Texas Railroad Commission is the state agency that oversees all oil and gas drilling—one of the largest drivers of the Texas economy. Oil and gas production is not going away any time soon and it is a vital part of the Texas economy, but the Commission is not enforcing the law. Those laws protect us all – from wasting energy, from pollution, and from bad practices that doom our future. Chrysta will work tirelessly to stop the waste and abuse of our precious natural resources. As both an engineer and a lawyer, she knows the law and she knows that technology can help get us out of this mess. She has worked in the industry for over three decades, representing all kinds of people: royalty owners, landowners, operators, investors, and service companies. Chrysta has the right experience and education to make the Railroad Commission a better place and improve the environment for all Texans.
Texas State Board of Education Candidates
Georgina Perez (IN) District 1-Bachelors for UT El Paso with degrees in Business Administration/Accounting and Human Resource Development.She holds Certification in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 8-12 and Generalist certifications for grades 4-8. Perez has served as an English teacher and administrator in the Ysleta Independent School District for more than 10 years. She is the author of Unity Framework: Critical Literacy Lessons and Women of the Americas: a teatro."
Pérez continues her work in curriculum and framework development, educator training, and creating access and equity in public education. She was also elected by her SBOE peers as the only Democrat to serve on the state's Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee, which helped to establish broad goals for the Texas public school system. Pérez was instrumental in spearheading policy creating a statewide course in Mexican American Studies as well as developing a fast-track for additional ethnic studies courses and making Texas the only state in the nation to offer the course to all high school students. She is recognized for her leadership on Path2Diploma, an initiative which allows school districts to grant high school diplomas to individuals previously denied diplomas due to standardized testing requirements. Pérez is known as passionate advocate for literacy. She has worked with various organizations and businesses to coordinate a book distribution program and founded Tu Libro, which has provided more than 500,000 books to students who live in rural and impoverished communities in El Paso County and who don’t have regular access to a library. Pérez and her team have spearheaded the creation of a library in Socorro, which is the second-largest municipality in El Paso County, providing more than 55,000 area residents with free access to English and Spanish reading materials. Pérez is the founder and president of the Rural School Education Program & Scholarship Foundation for students and families in El Paso's rural communities. Her initiatives include college and career mentorship programs for graduating seniors, awarding scholarships to students, and grant to public classroom teachers. She is the founder of the Texas Student Civic Engagement Project and a YWCA racial justice ambassador.
Years of Service: 3
Counties Served: Atascosa, Bandera, Brewster, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dimmit, Ector, Edwards, El Paso, Frio, Glasscock, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kimble, Kinney, La Salle, Loving, Maverick, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Webb, Winkler, Zapata, and Zavala. This included 900 miles of the Texas-Mexico border.
Campaign Website: https://www.ginatxsboe1.com
Rebecca Bell-Metereau for State School Board District 5-Professor of English and Film at Texas State University. Rebecca along with her husband recieved bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University, they taught in Peace Corps Chad and translated for U.S. Air Force grain flights. Completing doctorates from Indiana University, they joined the faculty at Texas State and Texas Lutheran universities. Rebecca was Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma (1997), and Fulbright Scholar in Senegal (1999-2000). Rebecca has volunteered in the San Marcos ISD and served on the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission, a Blue-Ribbon Bond Commission that funded a new library and bike paths, and a Solid Waste Task Force that helped initiate curbside recycling in San Marcos. She was secretary, treasurer, and president of her HOA, representative to the Council of Neighborhood Associations, and secretary of the Hays County League of Women Voters. Rebecca is devoted to education, research and writing. She developed and now directs the English Department Media Studies Minor and served as Special Assistant to the President (1995-97) for student retention. She has published four scholarly books, 32 essays and book chapters.
Counties served: Bexar, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Llano, Mason, San Saba, Travis
Michelle Palmer for State School Board District 6 University of Houston with a BA In Political Science and Russian Studies. She also studied at the University of St. Thomas. Professional experience includes being a teacher, certified in grades 4-8 as a generalist and 8-12 in social studies, and a manager in retail. She is currently teaching High School History and Government. She has been associated with the Houston Federation of Teachers, the Southwest Democrats, and the West Houston Democrats.
Counties served: 41% of Harris County
Brenda Davis for State School Board District 9 Bachelor's degree UTA in Communications. Her professional experience includes being a journalism teacher at Arlington ISD and a journalist.
Counties served: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood
Dr. Marsha Burnett-Webster for State School Board District 10
Dr. Burnett-Webster's education background is as follows:
Doctor of Education, California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA
Master of Education, Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
Additional Coursework: Austin Peay State University (TN); Hampton University, Hampton, VA; Alabama A&M University (AL)
Education Admin Experience:
Asst Manager, Enrollment Services, Blinn College, Brenham, TX
Dean of Students, Beacon High School, Beacon, NY
Northwest High School, Clarksville, TN
A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, TX
Queens Lake Middle School, Williamsburg, VA
West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA
Johnson High School, Huntsville, AL
Ottawa-Carleton School District, Ottawa, Canada
Curriculum Design - Tupac Shakur Center for the Arts (Atlanta, GA)
SDEC Anti-Harassment Committee (2018)
Precinct Chair (2010-2014)
Delegate, State Democratic Conventions (several)
Volunteer, Democratic National Convention (2012)
Staff Volunteer, Obama Campaign in Ohio (2008, 2012)
Obama Presidential Inauguration (2009, 2013)
Democratic Party Grassroots Award (2013)
Civic & Community Involvement
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Celebrate Our Seniors Program
Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church
Parent Teacher Association (Past President)
Years of service: 30
Counties in served: Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Burleson, Burnet, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milan, Robertson, Travis, Waller, Washington, Williamson
Greg Alvord for State School Board District 14 Greg Alvord has a BA in Physics and Mathematics, graduate work in Physics and Astrophysics, MS in Computer Science.
Greg's Work Experience:
He worked at the University of Minnesota Infrared Observatory, Dudley Observatory and was a Principal Investigator for NASA on Apollo 14-17 studying the existence of the Lagrange points through photo evidence. He worked in the Image processing Laboratory at SUNY Albany where the techniques of image processing used at NASA were used to help researchers in Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science. He worked at The Statistics and Epidemiology Laboratory New York State Department of Health doing research into the health impacts of low frequency electromagnetic radiation. He also served as director of Computer Security for the department. Greg continues to work as a Computer Scientist for a Fortune 500 company in the areas of data architecture, artificial intelligence and software quality engineering.
Greg’s Background In Education
Greg taught high school Biology, Physics and Mathematics classes in Geometry and Algebra. He was an elected member of a local school board for twelve years. He has taught in community colleges and lectured at university, as well as taught continuing education classes for adults and computer security in Department of Defense and Department of Education facilities.
John Betancourt for State School Board District 15 Betancourt was an at-large member of the Amarillo Independent School District school board in Texas. Betancourt assumed office in 2015. Betancourt left office in 2019. Professionally he Betancourt was a senior manufacturing resource analyst with Bell Helicopter-Textron. From 2002 until 2011, he served as a site administrator for Texas Tech University