I began my law enforcement career in Arlington in 1969. I was a “street officer” for fouryears, a detective in both the Crimes Against Persons and Burglary and Theft Sections forfive years and was the Crime Analyst for one year.
Was selected as Chief of Police by the city of Mansfield in 1979 and served in that capacityuntil accepting a position as Deputy Chief of Police with the city of Richardson, Texas in1986. I served in this position until honorably retiring in 2002. In 2005 I accepted theposition of Chief of Police for Mansfield ISD and served until honorably retiring in 2013.
I was elected to the Mansfield City Council in May of 2007 and served until August of2011. I was chosen by fellow City Council members to be Mayor Pro-Tem on two occasionsduring these years and, currently serving as Mayor Pro-Tem.
Proud Veteran, U.S. Marine Corp
Former Chief of Police for Mansfield ISD and the City of Mansfield
Graduate, FBI National Academy, 133rd Session
Past Tejas District Chairman for Tarrant County for the Boys Scouts of America
PLACE 4 - Casey Lewis(incumbent), Vaughan Wynne-Jones, Houston Mitchell
I have lived in the great City of Mansfield, TX for 18 years, and I've seen it grow very rapidly over the past few years.Originally from the U.K., I came to the US with two suitcases, and won my green card in the first lottery the US did! I became a citizen in 2018.
I've been in IT most of my life, 30 years behind the mouse, but I took a break in 2017 for a while to give back to the community. I joined the maritime regiment of the Texas State Guard (Go Hellfish!) and became an Emergency Medical Technician. Until 2020 I was a medic and recruiter for my unit.
I now work for the largest healthcare company in the world, as Solutions Delivery Manager.
As a result of my experiences, and the amazing people I've met, I've been able to see life from many different angles, and empathize with people from all walks of life.
I believe we are living in an extraordinary time, and our City is faced with extraordinary challenges that haven't been seen in 100 years. Some wonderful things have been done to help move Mansfield forward, but I believe that we are not fully prepared for what lies ahead, and that's why I'm running for Place 4 on the City Council.
Together, I believe we can Help Mansfield Thrive!
PLACE 5 - Julie Short (incumbent) and Christie K. Moore
I am invested in this community and have been for a very long time. a very logical person, solution minded and find it easy to work with most people. I am pretty good about not taking things personally and am able to stick to the facts on issues. I am a big picture thinker and can anticipate how one decision can cause a ripple effect. I am able to separate my personal desires from a situation and discern what should be done for the best of the majority.
I believe we live in the Greatest City in the Greatest State in the Greatest Country and I would like to be a part of keeping it that way. I am passionate about this city. I hear from out of state clients regularly about how unique our city is, and it is true. I have been excited about city politics for several years and I believe God put the desire in my heart to run. The average person would not want to go through what is involved when you get into the world of politics, but that is how strongly I feel about making sure that the right people are in office to lead our city in the right direction. We only have 25% of our land still undeveloped. What we do with the remaining land is crucial. 92% of our population does not work in the city. We need more business, job opportunities here in town so that citizens can LIVE HERE, WORK HERE, SHOP HERE and PLAY HERE!!!!
Your MISD School Board Trustee Candidates
PLACE 1 - Michelle Newsom (incumbent) and Kenneth J. Chalk
Kenneth J. Chalk has been a resident of the Mansfield community for thirteen years. I hold an Accounting Degree from Southern University and A&M College. Married with two sons, who are graduates of the Mansfield ISD. I have always been very passionate about education and the importance of it. It is my belief that all children should be equipped to achieve success in every field of human endeavor, after completion of high school.
PLACE 2 - Desiree Thomas (incumbent), Yolanda McPherson, Philip DeGroat, Teresa Okoro
Yo landa E’vett McPherson is a native of Dallas, Texas. Yolanda is a 1981 High School graduate of Beverly Hills Christian School, in Dallas. After graduation, Yolanda attended Bishop College where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Reading. Immediately after graduating in 1986, she began to see one of her dreams become a reality as an educator. In May of 2017, Yolanda decided through prayer and family support to retire from the classroom after dedicating 32 years of service. Yolanda is the wife of Bishop B.C.
McPherson II, of 26 years; The Senior Pastor of the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. She is also the proud mother of two college students Montana Cheyenne and Austin Benjamin-Cole. Yolanda is a proud member of the Arlington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated. She has served on the Resolutions Committee (SBTC) and was the first African American woman to serve 2 terms as Recording Secretary for the Southern Baptist of Texas State Convention (SBTC). Yolanda also mentors youth and Minister’s wives.
PLACE 4 -
Christine Beason, Brad Crane, Keziah Valdes Farrar, Corinne Fiagome, Denise Lunski, Kevin Robedee, Meagan Sutton
Candidate for Mansfield ISD Board of Trustees, Place 4
I have a unique blend of experiences in education and corporations that allows me to see issues from different perspectives. I have taught public school, taught education courses in higher education, and worked as a trainer in the corporate world. My husband is a teacher, and we have two children enrolled in MISD schools. My goals for serving on the MISD Board of Trustees include more emphasis on realistic assessments, increased transparency from the Board, and stronger support for the teachers.
I am a mother of 3 Mansfield ISD elementary and middle school students, a former educator, and a nonprofit leader with 20+ years of experience. I have a lifelong passion for increasing academic and economic opportunity for students and their families. Beginning with my own public school education growing up in Arlington to my first career as a Special Education and English teacher in a public high school, I have personally witnessed the transformative power of high-quality and engaging education in the lives and imaginations of students. Through my community work, I have gained hands-on school and district governance training and knowledge – such as completing the Texas Education Agency’s Lone Star Governance training, which is required of MISD School Board members, and earning membership into Leadership for Educational Equity, a nonprofit leadership development organization for former educators seeking to strengthen public education outcomes. I will be ready on Day 1 as Mansfield ISD Place 4 Trustee to build relationships and maximize our existing resources – WITHOUT RAISING PROPERTY TAXES – to continue promoting educational opportunity and excellence for EVERY child in EVERY school across our great district.
In summary, as Place 4 Trustee on the Mansfield ISD School Board, I will:
Advocate for all students.
Represent MISD families and our diversity.
Support our schools' teachers and staff.
Promote fiscal responsibility and community collaboration to meet students’ needs.
TOGETHER -- even through the unprecedented challenges our children face today -- we can and will move forward responsibly and effectively to help all our children to succeed.
Meagan Sutton is a Mansfield resident with 3 children enrolled in MISD in person learning. Growing up in west Texas, Meagan excelled in academics and earned her doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University. Her career definitely shaped and molded her heart to care for all people, regardless of disability or difference. Recently, she also helped her husband, Shane Sutton open a thriving business which they own and operate together.
Meagan has shown a commitment to serving and giving back from an early age when she volunteered for big brothers, big sisters and meals on wheels. She also pioneered successful fundraising efforts in third world countries like Nepal, India and Africa to help supply clean drinking water, orphanages and self sufficiency to those without. Serving on her local school board is another way Meagan sees that she can give back.
The biggest issues that Meagan sees our school board facing are Covid, Bridging the performance gaps and communication between the board and the public. Meagan will support updating the covid protocols to drop contact tracing and quarantining healthy asymptomatic students and hopes to open in the fall as we were pre covid. She looks forward to the committee formed to address the recent equality and diversity audit and will support efforts to help our minority students feel represented by staff and also efforts to bridge the academic performance gaps between groups. She will also support anti discriminatory policy updates that protect all students and staff in MISD.