Collin College board of trustees faces Place 7 runoff
By Patty Montagno
Robert Selders Jr. will serve on the Place 6 seat of the Garland Independent School District Board of Trustees. He was challenged by Dwight Davis. Selders received 51 percent or 1,419 votes. Davis garnered 49 percent of 1,359 votes.
He will replace Steve Knagg, who did not file for his position.
Incumbent Rick Lambert ran for his Place 7 seat unchallenged. He received 2,319 votes.
Davis is a business owner and senior consultant. Selders is the Owner of 3Q Fitness CrossFit in Garland.
Selders said he feels that high quality education is a critical gateway to improved personal quality of life, community enrichment and economic vitality.
“I am proud to become the GISD School Board Trustee for Place 6,” he said. “As a parent, the quality of education has always been important for me and my family. As a consumer of GISD – having all of my children in GISD schools, and a Garland business owner, being in this role would allow me to serve our community at a higher level.”
Selders graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, La.
He holds a master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Exercise Science with emphasis on performance enhancement and injury prevention from the California University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a Post Masters Certificate in Exercise and Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Garland class.
“Some exceptional things about GISD are its growth path and the synergism of its strategic plan,” he said. “The increased learning environments that the newly passed bond will create and the breadth and variety of educational programs will best serve the individual needs of our children.”
He received a Science Performance Nutrition award and was a Delco Electronics Scholar.
“I intend to contribute a unique perspective to the role as board trustee from having experienced life at many distinct positions,” he said. “This perspective will allow me to provide voice and action towards both serving the needs of GISD students and employees.”
Collin County Elections Office is no longer holding May elections, so the next Wylie ISD election will be in November of 2015.
In the Board of Trustees race for Collin College Place 8, incumbent Bob Collins defeated challenger Ken Roberts. Collins received 9,662 votes, 59.8 percent, compared to Roberts’ 6,473, 40.12 percent.
In Place 7, incumbent Steve Cone faced three challengers and received 3,176 votes, 19.75 percent of the total cast. Jim Orr received 6,426, or 39.96 percent.
Collin Kennedy received 4,325 votes, or 26.90 percent, Mike Gould received 2,153 votes, or 13.39 percent and Jim Orr received 6,426 votes or 39.96 of the total votes cast.
Orr and Kennedy will face each other in a June 13 runoff.
Andy Hardin ran unopposed in his reelection bid for Place 9 and received 13,068 votes.
There were 470,039 registered voters eligible to vote in the Collin College trustee election. Voter turnout for both early and election day voting was just over 5.1 percent.
Early voting will be June 1 through 5 and June 8 and 9.