Brenda Latham, former Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees member from 2010–2016, has filed to run for Denton County Commissioner, Precinct 4, on the Republican Primary Ballot.
Latham is the third contender so far for the position being vacated by Andy Eads, who is running for County Judge.
Former Flower Mound Town Councilman Itamar Gelbman is also running in the Republican Primary and current Flower Mound Town Councilman Bryan Webb is running as a Democrat. The last day to file for the primary is this coming Monday.
Latham has lived in Denton County her entire life. She and her family recently relocated from Lewisville to Bartonville.
The Commissioners Court is responsible for the overall governance of the county, setting the yearly tax rate for the county’s budget which includes, rural ambulance service; subsidizing rural fire protection; establishing long range plans for thoroughfares; open space land use; financial and law enforcement/jail needs; approval of subdivision platting; wastewater treatment for rural areas; and a host of other responsibilities.
“These responsibilities require someone with experience in these areas. Someone who has the ability to work with the other Commissioners on the Court, property owners, and business owners. Someone with a record of conducting business with integrity and is solutions oriented. I am that person,” Latham said.
“My professional career in site strategy projects, owning small businesses and my service to LISD all lend experience to this position. I have a proven track record of being fiscally responsible and working with others to do what is right for those I represented.”
Latham touted accomplishments from her service on the LISD Board including: Lowering the amount required for Board approval on district expenses so the Board had a better handle on money being spent; Bond sale limitations; Reduced Superintendent Cabinet by 40%; Increased teacher pay to be competitive without a Tax Ratification Election; Developed a comprehensive evaluation tool for Superintendent evaluations for accountability; Shored up district policies to increase transparency and efficiency; Fought to make sure the 9th grade campuses in Flower Mound were co-located with the main campuses for less class time missed and saving money on busing.
“My passion is to represent the citizens with conservative policy initiatives which are fiscally responsible and proactive to keep Precinct 4 ready to meet the future with solid transportation projects being carried forward; a judicial system which responds to the needs of the citizens; and an ear to hear from citizens on how to improve the quality of life in Denton County,” said Latham.