Congratulations! The voters have spoken and we are thrilled that PISD President, Tammy Richards, VP, Nancy Humphrey, and Secretary, Marilyn Hinton will be returning to the school board. We also congratulate returning board members Carrolyn Moebius, Missy Bender and our new Mayor, Harry Rosiliere.
We look forward to seeing what all of our elected officials will do for our city and schools. With the election over, the winning candidates represent ALL citizens of Plano and Plano ISD and deserve our support. After all, we are Plano Families!
How Did PF Begin and Why?
Plano Families began advocating and informing voters in the Plano ISD school board election when we read in the Plano Star Courier about a PAC that had formed to specifically “replace certain board members”. While the PAC later said they were impartial and would interview each candidate and research their positions, the leadership of the PAC had already endorsed candidates that later became their slate. Plano Families had two goals when it started: 1) to help educate the voters about the voting record of incumbents and be a source of information on all candidates about their strengths and weakness in the areas such as leadership, vision and decision making and 2) to endorse and promote candidates that would best serve the citizens, students and families of the Plano and Plano ISD community.
How Does Plano Families Work?
Unlike a PAC, Plano Families does not fundraise, accepts no donations, has no structure and does not disburse funds to candidates or on behalf of candidates. ( We encourage direct donations to candidates ) If you want to donate directly to a candidate of your choice, you are welcome to do so, but it is not part of the Plano Families advocacy. Instead, we encourage volunteers to use social media, reach out to their friends through email and phone calls, participate in block walking and learn how to be effective advocates. In fact, we invited an expert advocate to learn how to do this kind of grassroots advocacy more effectively so we could make our voices heard and our votes count.
The Newspapers Have it Wrong – We’re EVERY Party!
Five newspaper articles were written that included information on Plano Families. Each time, they referred to Plano Families as a ‘Tea Party.’ Everyone knows the easiest way to distract from the issues is to name call. The Tea Party may have positive or negative connotations for some, but the reality is that volunteers and supporters of Plano Families are Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians and some say they could best be described as apolitical. School board and city council/mayor races are non-partisan and the candidates that Plano Families supports are not based on any party affiliation. Endorsements are based on extensive research into candidate’s positions on: 1) issues, including both their published responses to questionnaires and voting records for incumbents, 2) character, values, and community involvement, 3) experience relevant to the position and 4) vision for the future.
Big Name Endorsements
Plano Families decided that the atmosphere for the 2013 election was so negative, that touting the names of volunteers and supporters was just setting them up for intimidation and even threats.
School board candidates Paul Kaminsky and Steven Kravit didn’t win this time. For Paul, it was a four way race and he had a great showing. If you met Paul, you appreciated his down to earth style, teacher and student-centered priorities. Steven walked away with an outstanding 5,362 votes against a two-time incumbent. Their opponents spent a lot of money on the campaigns and it is clear that Plano ISD Trustee elections have become quite expensive.
Mayoral candidate Fred Moses garnered a lot of support from folks that know him and his humble, servant heart. He will continue his work at his company, Telecom, here in Plano, his strong philanthropy, and his positive energy and dedicated service in the community will continue in his role as Chairman of the Republican Party of Collin County.
MONEY & the Future of Plano Families
Plano is a big city and Plano ISD includes more than just Plano! It has become very expensive to run a competitive school board race and get your message out. We think a race about “local control” should have a lower hurdle so that it does not become a position reserved for the financially elite. With that in mind, Plano Families is reviewing our strategy for the future with the main question – Do we remain completely organic and a little disorganized with volunteers just jumping in to do bits and pieces as available or do we become a formal PAC and help fund candidates to benefit the community? If you’d like to weigh in on this question, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are Plano Families!