School board president to run for Texas House District 65

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Nancy Cline

Nancy Cline, a local civil engineer and president of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School Board, announced this week that she is running for Texas House District 65.

Cline joins Lewisville ISD Trustee Kronda Thimesch as Republican candidates for the 2020 election in attempts to take the seat back from freshman Democrat Michelle Beckley. District 65 includes the cities of Carrollton, Dallas, Highland Village and Lewisville.

“Put plainly, Michelle Beckley has turned out to be one of the most liberal members of the Texas legislature,” Cline said. “Time and time again, she proved to be completely out of step with the families of Denton County.”

Cline has worked as an area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, director of Public Works for the city of Addison, and  the Civil Engineering Division manager for the city of Carrollton, according to a news release from her campaign. She is currently a director on the American Society of Civil Engineers Board representing Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Mexico, and previously she chaired the Surface Transportation Technical Committee at the North Central Texas Council of Governments. STTC provides technical recommendations to the region’s elected officials on transportation issues. She received the “Service to the People” award from the Texas Section of the ASCE and was named “Engineer of the Year” by the Dallas Branch of the ASCE.

As the two-time president of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School Board, Cline has worked to empower parents and provide teachers with the resources they need so that all students can excel, the news release said. She says she puts the emphasis on the student while cutting administrative costs and looking for other ways to reduce waste and inefficiency to protect taxpayers. During her tenure on the board, Cline led the district in reducing the tax rate 12 out of the last 14 years. She said that she will take a similar approach if elected to the Texas House.

“We have serious issues facing our region and our state, and they will not be solved by those who are unwilling or unable to innovate in order to find solutions,” Cline said. “Being a conservative means being able to do more with less. That’s what I’ve done on the school board and that’s what I will do in the state house as well.”

Cline earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering from Texas A&M University. She and her husband, Jim — who retired from the Texas Army National Guard as a lieutenant colonel —  have three children and are active members of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Click here for more information about Cline’s campaign.

Candidates will be able to file between Nov. 9 and Dec. 9. The primary election will be held March 3, 2020, and the general election will be on Nov. 3, 2020.

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