Bishop and Luper claim contested seats

Campbell re-elected in BISD election

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The Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees will soon welcome two new members to serve the students, teachers, and parents of the district, as the general election for the school district’s governing body was held Saturday, May 5.

PLACE 3 – BRENT BISHOP:

A total of three local residents were on the ballot for the Bullard ISD Place 3 seat, previously held by former board president Dr. John Alexander. With Alexander fulfilling one year of his three-year term, the candidate winning the election will serve out the next two years of the seat’s tenure.

Seeking election to Place 3 on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees included Brent Bishop, Jeff Bragg, and Susie Turner Saxion.

According to unofficial results posted on the Smith County Elections website, Bishop was declared the winner of the Place 3 seat, collecting a total of 284 votes, or 47.81 percent of the vote, including 142 early votes, 39 mailed in votes, and 103 votes cast on Election Day.

“On a scale from one to 10, it’s definitely been a 10,” said Bishop, describing winning the election. “My family and I have had a wonderful experience the past several weeks running for school board. I’ve been able to meet several people in the Bullard community, as well as hear their concerns and their excitement about Bullard ISD. It’s been exciting, stressful, and a lot of work – but it’s definitely been worth it. I’m excited about the opportunity to serve.”

Bishop said as a school board member, he will turn his efforts towards working in the example set forth by his predecessor.

“My number one focus has been, currently is, and will be to continue the great work that Dr. John Alexander started as a board member,” said Bishop. “The board has made a lot of tough decisions, but their number one goal has been to do what’s best for Bullard ISD. My focus all along has been to do what’s best for everyone -- students, teachers, parents, and tax payers.”

Currently, Bishop serves as a project manager with WRL General Contractors, a position he has worked in since 2011. He graduated from Gilmer High School in 1994, and attended Rice University in Houston, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 1998.

Bishop is married to his wife, Sheri, of 15 years, and has two children: Beck and Kinsey.

According to the Smith County Elections results, Turner Saxion -- a graduate of Bullard High School, Oklahoma State University, and Texas Tech University law school, presently working as an Assistant District Attorney with the Smith County District Attorney’s Office – received 188 total votes (79 early votes, 35 mailed-in votes, 74 votes on Election Day – 31.65 percent).

Bragg – a Brownsboro High School and Tyler Junior College Police Academy graduate and currently works as captain of the Bullard Police Department – finished third, receiving 122 total votes (52 early votes, 25 mailed-in votes, 45 Election Day votes – 20.54 percent).

PLACE 4 – STEPHANIE LUPER:

Likewise, the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees Place 4 seat was up for election with current member Karen Padrucco, who has served for three terms, choosing not to seek re-election this year.

Candidates filing for the Place 4 seat on the Bullard ISD school board included Steve Adams, Stephanie Luper, Shane Pyle, and Michael Roy.

According to the unofficial results posted by Smith County Elections, Luper was the candidate that came out on top, finishing with a total of 246 votes, or 39.05 percent of the vote.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to serve on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees,” said Luper. “I am truly honored and humbled by the amount of support I have received during this election from the voters. I can’t wait to take all of the hard work I’ve put into campaigning and use it while serving on the school board.”

Luper said her focus as a member of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees will be

“My main focus as a new school board member will be to orient myself with all of the workings currently going on within the school board,” said Luper. “I want to get my feet solidly planted on the ground and get my training completed while absorbing all the knowledge I can.”

Luper currently, serves as a substitute teacher for the Deaf Education program in Tyler ISD and is involved with various organizations and ministries.

She graduated from Central Bucks High School East, located in Buckingham, Penn., in 1986. She then attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1990, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in elementary education and education of the deaf and hard of hearing, while also achieving post-Baccalaureate studies in early childhood education with a concentration in language development and linguistics.

Luper is married to her husband, John, of 26 years, and has three children, with her youngest, Josh, attending Bullard High School.

According to the Smith County Elections results, Pyle – the manager of Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in Tyler – finished second with 186 total votes (109 early votes, 15 mailed-in votes, 62 Election Day votes – 29.52 percent).

Roy -- in his 38th year of employment with Brookshire’s Grocery Company and member of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees for a total of seven terms -- placed third in the Place 4 race, receiving a total of 166 votes (60 early votes, 26 mailed-in votes, 80 votes on Election Day – 26.35 percent).

Finishing fourth in the Place 4 race was Adams -- a sign maker and graphic design artist specializing in corporate branding and marketing collateral – receiving a total of 32 votes (10 early votes, 15 mailed-in votes, seven Election Day votes – 5.08 percent).

PLACE 5 – JASON CAMPBELL:

Bullard ISD Place 5 board member Jason Campbell was the only board member running for another term this election, running unopposed for a second term as a trustee.

In his re-election campaign, Campbell -- owner and president of Campbell Custom Homes in Bullard – received a total of 536 votes (241 early votes, 90 mailed-in votes, 205 votes on Election Day – 100 percent).

“I am very excited and very humbled to have run unopposed,” said Campbell. “I am thankful for all the support everyone showed during the election, and I’m very excited to get going in serving a second term on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees.”

According to Campbell, he is ready to continue serving with all members of the school board, both current board members and newly elected trustees.

“I’m looking forward to serving with the two new candidates that won their seats in the election,” said Campbell. “Being that I’m just now finishing up my first term on the board, I know how it is when you come on the board and all that you have to learn. I’m anxious to assist with the current members in helping the new members on all of the ‘first-times’ that are coming for them. With all we’ve put into place in the past few years as a school board, I’m anxious to see this district continue to grow and move forward. Everything we do is about our kids.”

Campbell is a 1987 graduate of Bullard High School. He has been married to his wife, Cindy, a lifelong Bullard resident and BHS Class of 1988 herself, for 28 years. They have two children: Sarah and Katie.

According to Bullard ISD officials, the candidates winning the general election for seats on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees will be sworn in during the board’s next scheduled meeting, to be held Monday, May 10, inside the Bullard ISD Central Administration Building’s board room.

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