Two candidates seeking election to the Temple Independent School District board of trustees District 2 position spoke at the Temple Branch NAACP meeting Monday at Wilson Park Recreation Center.
Temikia Brown and Linell L. Davis are both seeking to fill the post that will be vacated by Dorothy Powell, a longtime board member who did not seek re-election.
Each candidate made a statement, followed by questions from those attending the meeting.
“I am a Temple native. I was actually born here, but my dad was in the military and so we traveled a lot to other states and throughout the world,” Brown said. “When we were home in Temple, we lived on East Avenue D in East Temple.”
Her main reason for running is her son Ayden, a second-grader at TISD.
“I want him to be able to be competitive in the global economy. I believe that will start with my involvement,” she said.
“I have a strong love for the Temple community, and serving there is a great passion of mine,” Brown said.
Her platform, she said, revolves around the acronym, ACT: “accountability, communication and transparency.”
The school district “is accountable to us for the tax dollars it spends as we help fund the district.”
“Communication is one of the biggest indicators in children’s graduation rate, and that means involving parents in a child’s education,” she said.
“It’s important for a school to talk to parents and for parents to talk to the school. With transparency, we want to know what’s going on with our kids and our tax dollars, and I’m asking you to stand with me on that.”
Linell L. Davis
“I’d like to thank Mrs. Powell for her service on the board for almost 20 years, and she’s served our community well,” Davis said. “I am a native of Temple and Mrs. Powell was one of my elementary teachers. Her husband was my high school biology teacher.”
Davis graduated from Temple’s Dunbar High School, graduated from Huston-Tillotson University and then moved to New York City.
She worked for Bronx Community College’s dean of administration, “dealing with budget and finance and technology.”
Upon returning to Temple, she worked at Scott & White Hospital in patient relations and also was certified as a clinical research associate.
“My desire is that all children get a good education and equal opportunity for a good education. It is also my desire to get more parents involved. As Ms. Brown stated, in order for children to achieve, parents must be involved. … We need to reach out to parents, and I believe they will respond,” she said.
Getting people to participate in the election process is vital, Davis said.
“I’m out in the community, and people are talking, and that’s a good thing. We need to make sure they vote. Quality education for all children is my goal,” she said.