Thursday, June 1, 2023

Meet the candidates: Argyle ISD Place 7

Southern Denton County residents will head to the polls starting this month to decide a plethora of municipal and school board contests.

The Cross Timbers Gazette asked each candidate in a contested race to answer a brief questionnaire to help voters make an informed decision at the polls this May.

Two Argyle ISD Board of Education seats are expiring this spring: Place 6, currently held by Brad Lowry, and Place 7, currently held by Jeff Williams. The incumbents filed for re-election, and Tom Irwin is challenging Williams for Place 7.

Election Day is Saturday, May 4, with early voting April 22-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 29-30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The candidates for Argyle ISD are listed in alphabetic order under each individual contested race.

Place 7 (3-year-term)

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin, 49

What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it:Argyle is growing and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. I believe our biggest challenge will be serving the growing population of students with the same level of excellence we have provided to our families as a smaller community. We need to think strategically about how we handle the projected growth and what will be required to put all of our AISD teachers, administrators and staff in the best position to be successful and focus on student development. I will leverage my experiences as the son of a teacher, parent of 4 Argyle ISD students, and strategy consultant (20+ years) to collaborate with the Board of Trustees and the Argyle community to address the challenges that lie ahead.

Why are you the best candidate for this position:As the father of 4 kids (covering every campus within Argyle ISD), I have a vested interest in the performance and progression of Argyle schools. I am passionate about being a part of and supporting the town of Argyle, and in particular how we serve our students, teachers, staff and the broader community. Since moving to Argyle in 2014, I have been heavily involved in the community through various public service/volunteer roles and would like to expand that commitment to a position on the Argyle ISD School Board. I am willing to dig in to the details of the issues and challenges facing our community, ask tough questions, and work with School Board members and AISD/community leaders to ensure we are focused on what is best for our community.

Facebook page: None listed

Website: None listed

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Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams (i), 49

What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it:Managing dynamic growth in the district while keeping our identity. As we have grown, we have not compromised our expectations or success in any discipline and that path must continue.

Why are you the best candidate for this position: As I reflect on my first term, I feel I have gained invaluable experience and knowledge to add to the board and work with my fellow trustees empowering our administrators, teachers, staff and most importantly, our students to be their best. I have been a part of this district since 2002 as a teacher, coach, resident and parent and believe that adds a unique perspective to the board.

Facebook page: Jeff Williams for AISD School Board Place 7

Website: None listed

Email: [email protected]

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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