Election Day for BISD races Saturday


With early voting now officially over, voters living within the boundaries of Bullard Independent School District only have one more opportunity to select who will fill open seats on the school’s governing body.

Seats for Place 3 and Place 4 on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees will be up for grabs in the Saturday, May 6 general election. The two seats were the spots for former trustee Dr. John Alexander, who turned in his resignation in late 2017, and current member Karen Padrucco, who chose to not seek re-election, respectfully.

Alexander won an uncontested race for his seat in 2017. He served as a member of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees from 2005-2011 and again from 2014-2018, where he also was elected as board president for four terms.

With Alexander having already served a year in the new term, the candidate elected to the Place 3 seat will serve a two-year term to finish the tenure.

A total of three candidates seeking election to the Place 3 seat on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees include:

- Brent Bishop, a graduate of Gilmer High School and Rice University, currently serving as a project manager with WRL General Contractors;

- Jeff Bragg, a Brownsboro High School and Tyler Junior College Police Academy graduate and is captain of the Bullard Police Department;

- Susie 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.

Likewise, Padrucco will be ending her time as a Bullard ISD school board member in May, completing three terms of service spanning from 2009-2018.

Looking to fill the Place 4 seat being vacated by Padrucco are a total of four candidates, including:

- Steve Adams, a Lloyd V. Berkner High School (Richardson) graduate, currently working as a sign maker and graphic design artist specializing in corporate branding and marketing collateral;

- Stephanie Luper, a graduate of Central Bucks High School East (Buckingham, Penn.) and Flagler College (St. Augustine, Fla.), working as a substitute teacher for the Deaf Education program in Tyler ISD;

- Shane Pyle, a Marshall High School and University of Texas at Tyler graduate, presently working as the manager of Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in Tyler;

- Michael Roy, a graduate of Bullard High School and former Bullard ISD board member, currently employed with Brookshire’s Grocery Company in Tyler for the past 38 years.

The Place 5 seat, currently occupied by Jason Campbell, was also slated to be open in the election. However, with no one challenging Campbell, he has won his second term as a Bullard ISD board member uncontested. Campbell is a Bullard High School graduate and owner of Campbell Custom Homes.

Election Day for the Bullard ISD school board races will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Bullard First United Methodist Church’s Harper Hall, located at 204 S. Rather St.


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