FJ 11 06 FISD elect
In a Friendswood ISD special election, Position 2 interim trustee Denise Ruiz has defeated Dr. Dakota Carter after garnering almost 57 percent of votes.
In a race that occurred when Matt Robinson stepped down from his Position 2 trustee seat to run as a Republican candidate for a Texas Board of Education position, Ruiz received 5,456 votes compared with 4,145 for Carter, a psychiatrist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, according to unofficial results.
Ruiz, a 25-year Friendswood resident who also served as a FISD trustee between 2006 and 2010, backed measures the district has taken to boost safety and said she is very familiar with issues facing FISD, including effects of state funding cutbacks.
During his campaign, Carter said the district could do more to identify issues with students as a way to promote school safety.
Carter, who is gay, decried comments on social media that claim he is promoting an “LGBT agenda.” An Aug. 29 comment from Robinson posted on the Friendswood Republican Women Facebook page says, “Dakota Carter wants to promote the LGBT agenda in our Friendswood schools.”
Both candidates agreed that the district must keep teachers’ salaries competitive.