Dr. Dawn Buckingham left her seat on the Lake Travis Independent School District board to run for another office: state Senate District 24, a seat held by Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, who decided not to run again.
She departed a position that influences the education of children to try to help shape their future in another way.
“As a mom, looking at the future that our kids are inheriting, I find that absolutely horrifying, and as a small businesswoman and as a physician, I just feel the pain the government inflicts on my daily life with overregulation, and I just feel like it’s time for somebody to stand up and fight (for) our kids’ future and fight to decrease the footprint of government we all feel in our everyday lives,” said Buckingham, 47, during a visit to the Herald on Friday.
An oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon who lives in Lakeway, 20 miles west of Austin, Buckingham served only a little over a year on the school board after being elected in 2014.
Buckingham, who is running as a Republican, said she sees today’s children’s future being “strangled with government debt,” which she said she views as “delayed form of taxation.” She wants to reduce “wasteful spending” and decrease taxes.
“We are definitely seeing some progress in that direction, but there’s always room for further progress to be made,” she said, referring to what is happening now in Austin.
Buckingham, a Westlake High School and University of Texas graduate who attended medical school and did her residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, served as a lieutenant governor appointee to the Sunset Advisory Commission in the past legislative session. She got to work with senators and thought she fit in that group.
Fraser did a “fine job” as senator, Buckingham said, but she declined to describe how she would govern differently from him. Securing the border is one of her primary concerns, as the federal government has failed to do its part, she said.
“Until we really have a secure border, we can’t be fully sure about the safety and the economic stability of our communities,” she said.
Education also sits at the top of her priorities, explaining she supports “parent choice” in children’s education.
Buckingham plans to run a grassroots campaign and knock on more than 30,000 doors and have a presence in print, radio and television.
She is married to Dr. Edward Buckingham, a facial plastic surgeon with the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, and they have two children who attend Lake Travis High School.
Besides Buckingham, several other people have announced their intentions to run for the District 24 Senate seat, including Reed Williams, C.J. Grisham, Jon Cobb and Brent Mayes, according to a Texas Tribune story.