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2020 Wharton ISD School Board Election, meet your candidate

The County Gin reached out to each candidate that filed for a position on the Wharton Independent School District Board of Trustees, requesting a short bio and photograph.

Wharton ISD Board of Trustees Position 5

Sherrell Speer, Position 5 (Incumbent, unopposed)

Bio and photo for Sherrell Speer is not available at this time.

Wharton ISD Board of Trustees Position 6

Fred Johnson, Position 6

Fred Johnson, Pos. 6

Hi, I’m Fred Johnson. I have been proud to call Wharton my home for the past 11 years. Being a part of this community has truly been a blessing for me and my family. I have been working with children for over 20 years, and my experience has taught me the value providing students with a positive, safe, nurturing and structured learning environment to help them reach their fullest potential. I am running for Position 6 of the Wharton ISD School Board to ensure that our children are receiving the best education possible, by the best educators available. I will be a constant champion for accountability to achieving and maintaining positive results. I am asking for your vote to help ensure that our school district is one that we all can be proud of.


LaTisha Fisher-Gilmore, Position 6

LaTisha Fisher-Gilmore, Pos. 6

My name is LaTisha Fisher-Gilmore (Tisa). I am a fourth generation native of Wharton, Texas — born and raised. I am a candidate for WISD trustee Position 6. I am married and have two beautiful daughters. My husband and I are both successful products of WISD. I have been a dedicated and kindhearted nurse for over 20 years. He has been an independent business owner for 15 years. Our youngest daughter is currently a student of WISD. Our oldest daughter graduated from WISD and is currently attending WCJC. Some of my goals are to ensure accountability, uphold discipline and reduce achievement gaps. It has always been a passion of mine to be a part of the school board. I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider me as the next member on the WISD board. Early voting begins on October 13, 2020. Thank you! An education is not an OPTION, it is the KEY to success.

Wharton ISD Board of Trustees Position 7

Curtis Evans, Position 7 (Incumbent)

Curtis Evans, Pos. 7 (Incumbent)

I am a Wharton ISD board member, currently serving as board President, and has been on the board since 2015. I recently graduated from the Texas Association of School Board Members Leadership Class of 2019, where he received over 80 hours of leadership instruction designed for Texas School Board Members. I would like you to know that first and foremost, I am a Christian who will serve with integrity, dignity and respect. I will continue to place our students first by supporting initiatives for student achievement and advocate for systems to improve student outcomes whole holding stakeholders accountable. I would like ask for your support and YOUR VOTE!

Daniel Gaona, Position 7

Daniel Gaona, Pos. 7

My name is Daniel Gaona. I was born and raised in Wharton, Texas and currently own DJ’s Prep & Paint. I have coached baseball for the Wharton Little League for 35 years and football for the Wharton Youth Football League for 10 years. I am currently a life group leader within my church. Key issues I would like to address if elected for Position 7, would be quality student education, campus discipline restoration and fair compensation for our educators and administration. I feel a need to try to make a good, quality difference for students of Wharton ISD. There are many Hispanic students enrolled within the district and I wish to be their voice and representation.


WISD Chapter 49 Proposition

“Authorizing the Board of Trustees of thee Wharton Independent School District to purchase attendance credits from the State with local tax revenue.” Voters will vote on whether they are FOR or AGAINST this proposition. For the school district’s stance on this proposition, please visit the WISD website.

This election is in conjunction with the November 3, 2020 General Election. For polling locations and times for Wharton County, please see below.

Information from the Wharton County Elections office.

Jessica Hartmanhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Jessica Hartman is the publisher of The County Gin and a realistic dreamer with creative expression. She can be reached at jessica@thecountygin.com or (979) 533-0122, but careful — she's a talker.

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