Election Day is May 1
Early Voting is April 19-24 & 26-27
2021 Election Guide
for
Alvin ISD Board of Trustees
City of Manvel
City of Alvin
For all the details about this election - such as voting locations, mail-in voting instructions, sample ballots, and more; go to the Brazoria County Clerk's website.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We reached out to each candidate on the Alvin and Manvel ballots to ask for a brief biography and responses to our important questions about their goals for our communities. We have copied and pasted their unedited responses below. Some candidates were unable to respond.
Alvin Independent School District
Three positions are on the ballot this year. We, and the Pearland Chamber, sat down with most of the candidates to hear their goals for the School Board. You can watch those videos by clicking the links below.

Alvin ISD Board of Trustees Candidates
Position 1
Albert "AJ" Johnson III - As a child of educators, I’ve always understood how coupling a high-quality learning environment with extracurricular activities creates a well-rounded child. Alvin ISD has been a tremendous resource in both of these areas for my children. I am running for a trustee position to continue leading the path of growth in this district. While attending SMU I continued to pursue the path set forth by my parents – staying engaged in high-quality learning and extracurricular activities. Upon graduation from Southern Methodist University, with a BS in Management Information Systems, I went on to play eight years of professional football in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League. My passion for helping people and developing relationships will help Alvin ISD continue to advance in all areas of learning. These skills have allowed me to transition from professional sports to being a successful Farmers Insurance and Financial Services Agent. I have also been able to use my influence to provide resources to my community; specifically in the youth athletics and education space. I continue to work with other community partners to offer a variety of access and information - such as grants, scholarships, and camps - to parents and children.
Elanza Pitre-Wilson - I am an energetic educator, leader, and entrepreneur! I am a native Houstonian, but I have lived in Brazoria County for the past 19 years and notably built one of the first 20 homes in the Shadow Creek Ranch community. I am the ultimate life-long learner. I hold a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership, an MBA, a BA., and most recently gained certification as an Instructional Leader in the state of Texas.
I have 19+ years of experience in residential real estate. During the past 7 years I have shared my love of entrepreneurial concepts with high school students in a classroom setting. My teaching platform has been hands on, culturally relevant, and highly practical in preparing students with applicable college and career readiness skills. My love and appreciation for education coupled with my leader, practitioner experiences have led to this phase in my professional journey. I am highly purposed and focused on preparing and empowering our next generation of leaders with applicable skills to position them for future success.
Julie Pickren (Incumbent) - It has been my honor to serve our students, teachers, and tax payers as your elected Alvin ISD Trustee in 2015 and 2018. I am a Christian, Wife, Mom, Tax Payer, and Business Owner and I love serving our great community. My oldest son attends the STEM Academy at Rodeo Palms Junior High and my youngest son attends Dr. Red Duke Elementary. I own successful businesses that span from our community to Oklahoma. Also, it has been my pleasure to work with our elected officials and advocate for our students, teachers, and tax payers at the county, state, and national level. My family is one of the founding members of Fresh Impact Church which is a non-denominational multi-cultural church in Pearland. I also serve as a volunteer in children and family ministries in our community. I humbly ask for your prayer and vote for re-election on May 1, 2021. God Bless Alvin ISD.
Facebook - @Julie4AISD
Email – Julie@JuliePickren.com
Position 2
Binu John - Binu John is an ideal Alvin ISD School Board Candidate who has a vested interest in our schools and in our children’s educational future. As a mother of three who all attend Alvin ISD schools at different grade levels, and an educator with extensive education and educational management experience, Binu has a clear understanding of parental expectations for the schools and their accountability to stakeholders. Binu and her husband have resided in the Lakes of Savannah community for over fifteen years. Binu has over twenty-three years of experience in education in both teaching and administrative levels, and has high expectations for those who serve in education. Educators and leaders need to treat others with compassion and embrace diversity. She also is an advocate for transparency at the leadership level, and is an advocate for ensuring that students have every possible resource available to help them achieve success both in the classroom and beyond. Her vision is to build trust between the community members, schools, and the school district. 
Judy Ann Peterson - No bio provided.
Vernice Seriale Jr. - Vernice Seriale, Jr. grew up north of Shadow Creek in The Hiram Clarke Community. He graduated from Madison High School in 1989. He attended Prairie View A&M University earning a BBA in Accounting. Vernice started his career as an internal auditor in the City of Houston Controller's Office. Due to a change in elected officials, the internal audit department was downsized. This led Vernice to the Texas Comptroller's Office where he became a Sales Tax Auditor. This training allowed Vernice to work as a Consultant for Deloitte & Touche, a Big 6 Accounting Firm and a Tax Manager for The Men's Wearhouse, a Fortune 500 Company. Vernice resigned from The Men's Wearhouse and he currently contracts with the State of Texas performing state tax audits in Harris and Brazoria Counties. Vernice is married to Erika Seriale a retired teacher from Alvin ISD's Hood-Case Elementary and Wilder Elementary. They have 3 kids that grew up in Alvin ISD, Kennedy (currently in UH Master of Athletic Training Program), Vernice III (currently at Clarke Atlanta in Communications / Basketball) and Sterling J Seriale (currently at Midwestern State Univ in Geology/Football). Vernice currently serves in the community as a Pastor, Mentor and a Coach.
Cory Scott - I graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1995. Following graduation, I attended Stephen F. Austin University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1998. I then furthered my education by attending Commonwealth Institute of Mortuary Science and received an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service.
For the last 20 years, I have called Alvin home. I co-own and operate my family business, Scott Funeral Home. My wife, Hayley, and I have been married for almost 17 years and are active parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Hayley has an Associate of Arts Degree in Childhood Development/Early Childhood from Alvin Community College, a Bachelor of Science from University of Houston – Clear Lake in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University. She has taught in various capacities in Alvin ISD for 14 years and is currently a physical education teacher at Passmore Elementary. Our twins, Brooks and Burkley, are in sixth grade and attend Fairview Junior High. They keep us extremely busy with their extracurricular activities, as I am sure many of you can relate to. Being active and supporting the community in which I live is of value to me. Throughout the years, I am proud to have been involved in the following local civic organizations:
· Alvin – Manvel Knights of Columbus No. 6403
· St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Capital Campaign Committee
· Alvin Rotary Club – past President, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Frontier Day Marshall, active member
· Alvin – Manvel Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors (two terms)
· Alvin Little League – past President, Board of Directors, past and current coach
· Alvin FFA Alumni Supporter
· Alvin ISD Citizen Advisory Committee
· Supporter of multiple Alvin ISD extra - curricular activities including, but not limited to baseball, softball, football, theater arts, choir, and FFA.
As a spouse of an educator, a father to school aged twins, and a dedicated community member, it would be an honor to serve my community in this leadership role and work alongside our astounding Superintendent, various district leaders, and current and future board members.
Regina Stredic - As most of you know, I was born and raised in Alvin, Texas.  I knew as a teenager that I had been called for a life of service.
I am a proud member of Greater New Hope Baptist church where I have been spiritually led for over forty years. As a social worker with Communities in Schools, I have supported our K-12 students in Alvin ISD and Pasadena ISD for the last twenty years. As the founder of STEWARD little Inc., a non-profit organization focused on and devoted to providing students and families with the necessities of life, I have continue to find opportunities to support and serve outside of my profession. Additionally, for the last 5 years, one of the most honorable and humbling assignments has been as a Chaplain for The Alvin Police Department.
Through service and education, I have been able to continuously provide ongoing opportunity for all children. Through STEWARD little, when students are out of school for summer break and holidays, we have been able to feed thousands.  “Go Grub,” allows families to receive what they need without having to worry about transportation; because, we go to them. One of the proudest moments of STEWARD little was through “Sole Mates” when 200 students, who were paired with a caring adult, were able to receive new shoes for the new school year.
Position 3
Cheryl B. Harris (Incumbent) - Born and raised in Alvin, I am a Chief Operating Officer for Imagine Enterprises, a non-profit I’ve worked at for 21 years that works with people who have intellectual disabilities.  Previously I served as Secretary to the Director of Special Education at Alvin ISD for nine years, and in that position, I gained experience with the school district budget process, understanding of federal funds, and district policies and procedures. I am a proud graduate of Alvin ISD and Alvin Community College, and you may know my parents – Pam Bubendorf, a retired Alvin ISD teacher, and Gilbert Bubendorf, a retired Monsanto employee. Mark and I are the parents of Shelby, a teacher at Clear Creek ISD, and Hailey, who is currently seeking her Doctorate from Texas A & M University (Whoop!). Both of our daughters are Alvin ISD graduates as well. 
Ron Lockett, II - Ron Lockett is the managing director of an IT project management consulting firm. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters Certification in Project Management from the University of California Irvine. Ron has resided in Texas for over 25 years and has been a resident of Pearland for 15 years. He is the proud father of two daughters who have attended elementary, junior high and high school in Alvin ISD. Ron is actively involved in Alvin ISD: Parent Teacher Organization, Dads of Great Students Program, STEM Academy Mentor, Speaker & Mentor for #CAP Program, Athletic Booster Club Inaugural Member, Youth Basketball Coach, Project Lead the Way: Engineering Partnership Team, and Career & Technical Education Advisory Member. Ron has been recognized by the Mayor, City Councilmembers, State Representatives, Governor & Congressmen for outstanding volunteer work and community leadership. Ron is the President and Board Chairman of the Houston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is an undergraduate advisor at University of Houston Downtown. Ron is a Board Member of the Education & Charities Foundation of Houston, active in Prince Hall Masonic lodges and his local church.
Shirley Dill Brothers - I grew up in Brazoria County, graduated from Brazosport High School and from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Education. I did graduate work at Rice University and the University of Houston at Clear Lake. I did my student teaching in Alvin ISD in first grade at Mark Twain Primary and then taught students with intellectual and development disabilities for 15 years at Longfellow (now Hasse) Elementary and later at Alvin High School. In 1985 I was hired as the first Director of Public Information/Communications, a position I served in for 25 years. I retired from Alvin ISD in 2012 after 40 years with the district. I have two daughters and seven grandchildren. My oldest daughter teaches blind and visually impaired students for Alvin ISD and four of my seven grandchildren attend the Alvin schools. My oldest grandson graduated from Alvin ISD and is now training to be a combat medic in the U.S. Army.
Questions for the Candidates
Question 1: Why are you running and what time commitments do you think you will need to make to the position?
  • A. Johnson - I believe the opportunity to serve is an ongoing effort. My goal is to have the opportunity to dialogue with leaders in the district and continue the path of growth, development and advancement in Alvin ISD. One of the most important things I have to give to this role is time. I have worked extremely hard in my business to allow me and my family to do things we are passionate about and servicing youth in our community is high on that list. I am running for this position to aid in the decisions that will directly impact our students for years to come.
  • B. John - No answer given.
  • C. Harris - I am thrilled to announce that I have filed for re-election to the Alvin ISD Board, Trustee Position 3.   I filed for re-election because I strongly believe that the education of the youth today builds a strong future for our communities. The time commitment has been high and will continue to be, because I attend many events from drill team shows, band and choir concerts, athletic events, local Chamber events, the Alvin ISD Education Foundation Gala and the Turtle Race, among many more – across our 252 square mile district. It’s important to attend student and community events not only to be supportive, but to be able to gain the pulse of the communities by engaging with more community members.  
  • C. Scott - As a spouse of an educator in Alvin ISD for 14 years, a father to school aged twins, a local business owner, and a dedicated community member, it would be an honor to serve my community in this leadership role and work alongside our astounding Superintendent, various district leaders, and current and future board members.  
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - I am running for a trustee position to assist in elevating the learning experiences of students and the employment opportunities for teachers in Alvin I.S.D. Critical decisions are made at the board level, and I am uniquely positioned unlike other candidates to bring a balanced approach to decisions which have far reaching impact. My experiences are unique and significant for this time in our country when the focus on education in a post-pandemic world is paramount. I will provide a sound voice for educators and students in Alvin I.S.D. I have a business background and a working knowledge of the challenges that educators face. I understand the dynamics inside the classroom and have personally connected with students, even during a health pandemic! 
  • J. Peterson - In this office I want to stand as a voice for parents and diversity. I believe all children have special purposes for being on this earth. It is for that reason I believe the best avenue to nurture, flourish, and benefit our children in success is to ensure that they have a great educational foundation. This position allows me as a school board member to assist in the continued improvement of our school board system and preserving the quality of the education received by our students.
  • J. Pickren - I am seeking the office of Alvin ISD Trustee Position 1 to continue serving the children, teachers, and tax payers of Alvin ISD. In 2015, former board members, teachers, and community leaders asked me to run for School Board Trustee. After much prayer and talking with my family and Pastor it was the right decision to serve our great community as your Trustee. The time commitment I have made and will continue to make is attending School Board Workshops, Board Meetings, Board Training, sporting events, fine arts events, and advocating for public education at state and national level. It has been my privilege to serve as an Alvin ISD Trustee and we have experienced many successes together over the last 6 years. Hopefully, with your support I will continue to serve the kids, teacher, and tax payers of Alvin ISD the next 3 years.
  • R. Stredic - I am running for Alvin ISD board of Trustees because I believe in commitment to the students and their families. I am also 100 percent committed to our community and excellence for everyone that makes up this school district.
  • R. Lockett - The key reason that I chose to run for Alvin ISD Board of Trustees is my passion for preserving and improving our children’s public education. I want to contribute my expertise in collaboration with the other board members, superintendent, parents, teachers, district staff to serve Alvin ISD’s committed to excellence for each student. 
  • S. Brothers - I am running for Position 3 on the school board because I have a passion for education and because I want to continue working with and advocating for Alvin ISD and public education in general. Since I am retired, I have the time to devote to the work that is required of a school board member and will use that time to be responsive and receptive to students, staff, parents and our communities. 
  • V. Seriale - I have lived in Alvin ISD since 2004 and from the beginning I have been very active with students, families and community members. I have been active in the district by sitting on a Citizens Advisory Committee along with being a substitute teacher in the district. My kids attended Alvin ISD schools and my wife worked in the district as a 3rd Grade Teacher at Hood-Case Elementary and 2nd Grade Teacher at Wilder Elementary. I decided to run for this position because I would like to be a voice for the students, families and community members in the decision making processes of Alvin ISD.  

Question 2: How will AISD improve or be strengthened as a result of the leadership, drive, energy and vision that you would bring to the Board?
  • A. Johnson - Although I am very capable of working independently, anyone that knows me understands that I like to build teams and help coach them up. There is a sense of pride and excitement when a team comes together and succeeds at a particular task. Having the opportunity to collaborate with fellow trustees and the current administration is something that excites me.
  • B. John - Due to both my education and experience, I have the fundamental components that would help drive the core proficiencies that are important to AISD. I have the educational expertise that compliments what AISD has to offer the community and students they serve. 
  • C. Harris - Alvin ISD has been strengthened by my service through leadership with the energy and focus to establish a common purpose of shifting our organizational culture, which requires a true commitment and vision. A sense of a common purpose is clearly evidenced by observing the working operations of the Alvin ISD Board of Trustees, which align to the AISD Belief statements, a cohesive resolve focused on the pursuit of our vision and core beliefs. Staff has remarked that everything we do is student focused; every conversation, decision, and penny spent is done for kids.  
  • C. Scott - Strong leadership characteristics begin from the top down. A strength recognized is growing leaders within. The academic excellence our district is known for. Our Superintendent has been transparent and our current district leadership have worked to put us back on track with highest state and fiscal rating. Our district also having a clean financial audit.
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - I will add a diverse and fresh perspective that is currently lacking with the current board. All of the current Trustees have severed together for many years. There is rarely a divergent perspective when it comes to voting matters brought before the board. Alternative thinking, fresh ideas and diverse opinions are needed to further the growth of the district. New energy is needed. It’s not a bad thing to consider alternative views.
  • J. Peterson - The way I believe AISD will be strengthened as a result of the leadership, drive, energy, and vision that I would bring to the Board is through my prior experience as a public administration and budget officer. As a school board member, we help influence the fiscal health of the district and where voter taxpayer money is spent. My accountability in public financial, knowledge to the application of program funding and management of city-wide expenses has horned my skills for management of public funds. I chose a profession of public administration because I believe and want to serve the people not some company’s profits and loss statement.
  • J. Pickren - Alvin ISD has benefitted many ways from my business experience and love of children. I have a common sense approach to business and finance and that has resulted in millions of dollars of savings to tax payers and increased revenue from the state for our school district. In the last year, we have restructured debt that saved tax payers over $12 million dollars. Also, we organized and voted on the TRE Penny Swap that funds our schools with an extra $8 million a year without raising your property tax rate. My business experience owning a staffing agency has led to policy decisions that has resulted in AISD being awarded Houston Chronicle Top Places To Work for 2019 and 2020. My love of children led to the board to the development of the Alvin ISD Vision and Core Beliefs Statement that is the guide for our school district.
  • R. Stredic - I have a wealth of knowledge working with students and families in the community. I have many partnerships with non-profits and businesses in the community and I have served this community for almost 20 years in the educational realm. I know about relationships and how to form them to make a positive impact.
  • R. Lockett - As an Alvin ISD Trustee, I will utilize my performance driven leadership experience, proven management proficiency, and project delivery expertise to focus on avenues to enhance academic performance, support teacher & staff professional growth, expand technology, ensure fiscal responsibility, encourage parental & community involvement, and employ innovative facility expansion.
  • S. Brothers - With my background and knowledge of our district I believe I can help to provide the necessary leadership the district needs. I strongly believe that we have great teachers and staff working with our children. I have served and continue to serve the educational needs of the young people of Alvin ISD, now going on almost 50 years. My experience will help provide leadership and build a vision that we can all share. I have a commitment to serving the public and can commit the considerable time and energy required for weekly meetings, phone calls, conversations, visits to schools, and professional development seminars and workshops.
  • V. Seriale - I believe that with my community experience as a servant leader, I will help to improve and strengthen the district by recognizing the value that everyone brings to the table. As a pastor I continually challenge people to love others as they love themselves. This eliminates division. As a mentor, I challenge individuals to self assess, look for areas of growth and to build on their strengths. As a coach over the years, I believe in every player on my team regardless of skill level because I have found that when you believe in someone it motivates them to accomplish what you see in them.  

Question 3: Have you sought elective office before? If so, please describe the office, the level and outcome.
  • A. Johnson - No, this is my first time seeking public office.
  • B. John - No answer given.
  • C. Harris - I am currently the three-term incumbent for the Alvin ISD Board of Trustees, Position 3.  
  • C. Scott - I have served on elected and non-elected boards. Elected boards I have served on include Alvin – Manvel Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors two different terms. 
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - I have never pursued a publicly elected office, but I have held several leadership positions. I am currently the President for a local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a Society of Women Educators, an International Organization. 
  • J. Peterson - I have not sought elective office before.
  • J. Pickren - I have been blessed to serve our community through elected capacities for the last 6 years. I was elected to serve as an Alvin ISD Trustee in 2015 and 2018. Also, I have been elected to serve my neighborhood as an HOA Board Member 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • R. Stredic - No, I have not.
  • R. Lockett - Yes, I have been elected to serve in leadership positions on several community, civic and non-profit organizations: (1) President & Board Chairman, Houston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi (2) Board of Directors, Education & Charities Foundation of Houston (3) Past President, National Management Association (4) Past Senior Warden, Purple Heart Lodge #205 (5) Past Vice President, JSC Chapter, Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Assoc (6) Past President, Management Advisory Council
  • S. Brothers - I have never sought elective office although I have been approached every year for the past ten years to run for the school board. This year, I felt more compelled to run because I have a true desire to serve and a passion to help protect our public education system. 
  • V. Seriale - No, I have never sought an elected office.

Question 4: How long have you lived in Alvin ISD and what has been your involvement in the District (including volunteer work)?
  • A. Johnson - I have lived in Alvin ISD for 5 years and was previously in Pearland for 15 years. I was most recently the president of Manvel’s Athletic Booster club, and volunteered with the sports teams, fine arts and our Rotary Club. I’ve also volunteered and read to students in my children’s schools and supported our local PTO organizations.
  • B. John - No answer given.
  • C. Harris - I am a lifelong resident and community member of Alvin, Texas. Both of our daughters attended Alvin High School and were active with extracurricular activities. I was a four-year member of the Alvin Yellowjacket Athletic Booster Club and elected as Secretary, and a four-year member of the Alvin High School Jacketeer Booster Club where I was elected as Treasurer. In elementary school I organized and created the yearbooks through Jostens for the campuses our daughters attended. I am a current member of the Soroptimist International of Alvin and have served as secretary to the club.  
  • C. ScottI have lived in Alvin for the past 20 years and am proud to have been involved in the following local civic organizations: Alvin – Manvel Knights of Columbus No. 6403, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Capital Campaign Committee, Alvin Rotary Club – past President, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Frontier Day Marshall, active member, Alvin – Manvel Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors (two terms), Alvin Little League – past President, Board of Directors, past and current coach, Alvin FFA Alumni Supporter, Alvin ISD Citizen Advisory Committee, Supporter of multiple Alvin ISD extra - curricular activities including, but not limited to baseball, softball, football, theater arts, choir, and FFA.
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - I have lived in the district for the past 19 years. All of my volunteer work has been primarily served in economically underserved communities. I have organized a youth program for a 501 3c at a government subsidized housing complex and worked this program for many years. While I worked in this community initiative, I remember thinking that I wish I could afford to do this type of work. Today, I teach in an underserved community on the East side where most students are at risk. It’s a diverse population and I have been successful in forging relationships with students and staff. 
  • J. Peterson - I have lived in Pearland/Alvin ISD for more than 10 years.
  • J. Pickren - We moved just over 1 mile to live in Alvin ISD in 2009. My husband and I were very impressed with the education system in AISD and we wanted our children to grow up in Alvin ISD Schools. Before being elected to AISD School Board, I had served in PTO’s, Alvin ISD School Boundary Committee, Alvin ISD Bond Committee, and Alvin ISD School Naming Committee. Since becoming an elected Trustee, I have served on The School Naming Committee, Delegate to The Texas Association of School Boards, Advisory Board for College of The Mainland, Board Member of Fresh Impact Academy, and Alvin ISD YET Mentoring Program. I also volunteer for various children’s and family ministries including Star of Hope Family Shelter teaching Bible Study and Career Readiness Classes.
  • R. Stredic - I was born and raised in Alvin, Texas. I have been in the district as a site coordinator for Communities in Schools for very close to 20 years. I have spent 16 of those years in Alvin ISD. I am currently housed at Alvin HS and have been for seven years. I have led numerous initiatives for years. I founded a non-profit called STEWARD little inc. Through this non-profit I started a summer feeding program entitle “Go Grub”…..I also started a Sole Mates ….a student is adopted by an adult in the community and the adult purchases shoes for the student for the upcoming school year. Just to name a few.
  • R. Lockett - I have lived in Alvin ISD for 15 years. I have been actively involved in Parent Teacher Organization, Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Program, STEM Academy Mentor, Speaker & Mentor for #CAP (College Admission Process) Program, Athletic Booster Club, Youth Basketball Coach, Project Lead the Way - Engineering Partnership Team, and Career & Technical Education Advisory Member.
  • S. Brothers - I have lived in Alvin ISD since 1971. I spent my entire professional career in Alvin ISD. Since retiring in 2012 I have remained active and involved with the district through volunteering to read at two different elementary schools every week, serving on bond promotion committees, citizens advisory committees, campus improvement committees, and booster club committees. I serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alvin ISD Education Foundation of which I have been involved since 1998. I am also actively involved with the Alvin Community College Foundation, currently serving as president. 
  • V. Seriale - I have lived in the district (Shadow Creek Ranch) for 17 years. My wife and I walked our kids into Mary Marek Elementary on Day #1 in August 2004. I continued to walk the halls of Marek as a father walking my kids to their classrooms every day I could. I participated in PE classes with my kids and their friends. I went on fieldtrips and attended parties. I was the “Class Dad”. When my wife transferred to Wilder Elementary we walked in as a family on Opening Day. There, I did the same things, I walked my kids to class every opportunity I could and participating in the same activities I did at Marek. I was asked by the administration to be a substitute teacher. I served on a Citizens Advisory Board with Dr. Fred Brent. I have coached and mentored many Alvin ISD kids over the years.

Question 5: What do you consider the most pressing issue facing our students today?
  • A. Johnson - The pressure to specialize and focus on one area of development early on. I believe children should be exposed to a variety of learning opportunities and extracurricular activities to broaden their scope of possibilities. Learning a new language or trying a new sport or skill in school can improve confidence and build social skills that will be valuable in their young adult lives and beyond.
  • B. John - The biggest issue will be closing the gap for our students who have been affected by virtual learning. This can be accomplished by assessing data and then determining the best course of action, and allocating budgetary resources to help achieve better outcomes for student learning.
  • C. Harris - Student success is the most pressing issue. For the young learners, research shows that crucial learning takes place before age 5. The 2019 legislative session approved full-day programs, which Alvin ISD has begun to implement with a plan that will include all elementary schools. On the secondary level, continued increase in the graduation rate is a priority. To accomplish this, recently Alvin ISD created Graduation pathways, which are plans to ensure the student takes the right classes for a college degree in engineering, OR a certification in air conditioning repair. The board believes in putting monies into the future of our students. Several years ago, the board added an additional counselor to each high school so that their caseloads decreased but would allow more of their time focusing on these pathways. These pathways are working, the AISD graduation rate for the 19/20 graduates was 96.90%, up from 94.90% in 2015.  
  • C. ScottStudents returning to the classroom to receive face to face instruction; including athletic, social, and community events after facing a worldwide pandemic.
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - Aside from the effects of the current health pandemics, students are struggling with readiness skills. Many are choosing to forego higher education and begin a working career directly after high school but are not skilled enough to successfully compete in today’s workforce. Others are struggling with the demands and expenses that are synonymous with higher education. Our economy is competitive and students are lacking in readiness skills. 
  • J. Peterson - I think one of the biggest challenges facing the school district is due to the COVID pandemic. Many students who were flourishing in school or who were just hanging on in school are now failing classes and missing out on learning need for state-wide and country-wide assessment tests. Another challenge facing our district is access to technology standards for all our children’s household. Other challenges for the Alvin IDS school district in the number of low-income families in the district. The district must address the needs of these families so that children are equipped to achieve academic success and prevent dropout rates.
  • J. Pickren - The most pressing issue facing students today is the issue of mental health. Our children today are dealing with complex and adult situations due to technology, the pandemic, and social issues. It is imperative that we provide mental health support for our children and teach them emotional self help skills to help them deal with various areas of stress. As your Trustee, I have voted for adding additional counselors at the High Schools and for providing additional professional development training for our staff to identify children who are struggling because of mental health issues.
  • R. Stredic - Social emotional Wellness
  • R. Lockett - The most pressing issue for students today is the social and emotional effect of distance learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance learning has caused quite a divide in our students’ educational progress and affected their emotional health. For many students this may be one of the most difficult times they will experience during their K-12 educational journey.
  • S. Brothers - One of the most pressing issues facing our students today is in the area of mental health. Every day, students report to classrooms bearing emotional weight that would crush most adults. Sexual assault, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, divorce, death, and even pandemics carry the power to rob children of their sense of safety and derail their development. I think we need to learn how the needs of students of all ages, who struggle with life situations beyond their control, can be addressed. We need to learn more about childhood trauma and how it affects children of all ages, and provide our staff the resources for supporting students who need help. We need to ask not what’s wrong with that child, but what’s happened to that child? 
  • V. Seriale - The most pressing issue facing our students today is the return of face-to-face learning. While some students returned to face-to-face learning there are still students who have not. For the most part, I believe our students are ready to return back to school. As serious as the pandemic was and still is, I believe students initially viewed this as a break from school. Now that we have dealt with this for over a year, I truly believe our students want to return to a safe, healthy learning environment. While we appreciate technology and the distance learning platforms, there is nothing like face-to-face interaction with friends, hugging teachers, celebrating victories/accomplishments, celebrating one another, working through adverse situations, sports, choir and competitions.  

Question 6: What experience do you have with complicated budgets? When you are given a multi-department budget, what will be your process to determine if it is good for the District?
  • A. Johnson - I believe my previous experience with Positive Coaching Alliance - Houston, Rotary, church budgets, and other non-profits have exposed me to a variety of budgets that will provide helpful insight to the budgeting process as a trustee. I have also successfully run my insurance agency and facilitated acquisitions in my business, which has given me experience in viewing other business financial statements to make sure I am making wise choices for the interest of the agency. Studying the data is going to be key in determining if items presented are good for the District. Having managed various budgets from personal to business, it’s very important to have an understanding of income/expenses. We have to constantly evaluate programs and determine if they are necessary cost centers or if improvements need to be made to keep the district financially sound.
  • B. John - Having gone through the Superintendent’s Program, and now a licensed Superintendent, I have a clear understanding regarding how budgets for the district works. When given a multi-department budget, what will help me determine if it’s good for the district will be if it’s aligned with the district’s vision and the district’s goals. Having a clear understanding of these components will help the district overall and keep everything in good working order.  
  • C. Harris - I bring both Employee and Trustee points of view to the yearly budget process. Having worked for Alvin ISD, the special education local and federal budgets were a large part of my responsibility in developing and coordinating the needs for consideration and approval with the yearly local budget and multiple federal fund applications to TEA. Serving as a Trustee, I bring a background with the overall picture of Alvin ISD’s fiscal needs. Our goal is to be fiscally responsible and for administration to rigorously vet budget requests vs needs, all the while making sure approvals aligned with the goals of the district. Professionally I work with an annual operating budget of close to $12M.  
  • C. ScottOwning my own business, work within a budget in my family, reviewed online audits and budgets. I feel confident in this leadership role because of my personal experiences.  
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - I do not have experience with complicated budgets, but I am a very quick study and very data driven. I am able to quickly determine need and responsible resource allocations. My decision-making process will be to always determine where the greatest amount of good is situated. I am largely guided by utilitarian principles and will make decisions based on need and outcome. I am a negotiator by trade, so I always seek the win win outcome but will also work in collaboration with the board to find common ground.
  • J. Peterson - The budget has a mission, goals and purpose that are agreed by the Board, community, superintended and others. These inputs allow a structure for budgeting, funding and appropriations. It appears the budget is on track, but I would need additional information to make a judgement of how the budget is spent and its condition. I have over fifteen years of experience in public budgeting at the Federal, city and state level of government.
  • J. Pickren - The most pressing issue facing students today is the issue of mental health. Our children today are dealing with complex and adult situations due to technology, the pandemic, and social issues. It is imperative that we provide mental health support for our children and teach them emotional self help skills to help them deal with various areas of stress. As your Trustee, I have voted for adding additional counselors at the High Schools and for providing additional professional development training for our staff to identify children who are struggling because of mental health issues.
  • R. Stredic - I do not extensive experience with complicated budgets but, I have listened to the CFO of Communities in Schools, the non-profit that I have worked for for 19 years and have gathered some education by listening, reading and learning throughout the years about budgets even if non-profit. To remain fiscally sound, it is critical for board members to be engaged in budget development and ensure that all aspects of the budget are aligned to our annual goals and metrics. In order to do this, staying informed of budgeting guidance will be imperative.
  • R. Lockett - In my career as a project manager, I have successfully managed multi-million-dollar budgets for numerous businesses and corporations. The process that I use for effectively managing budgets is the top-down approach. This will be no different when managing Alvin ISD’s $312,000,000 budget. This process involves planning and forecasting, implementing, monitoring, controlling, and finally evaluating the performance of the budget. A sound budget is essential for every organization to accurately track all income and expenditures of the taxpayer funds.
  • S. Brothers - As a teacher and administrator, I had to manage the budget of my classroom when I taught school and of my department when I served as Director of Communications/Public Information. Even though it was not a multi-department budget, I was involved in the development of the district budget for 25 years, attending budget meetings and workshops as the budget was prepared. Probably most significant was that I had to be able to communicate to the public about the budget, helping our taxpayers and stakeholders be informed about the process and the rationale for the decisions. 
  • V. Seriale - I earned a BBA from Prairie View A&M University. I have worked for city and state government as an auditor. I also worked for Deloitte & Touche LLC, a Big 6 (back then) Accounting Firm. Additionally, I worked for The Men’s Wearhouse, a Fortune 500, as a Tax Manager in the Accounting Department. I currently contract with the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office as a State Tax Examiner. In addition to my work experience, I assist an inner city high school on their Shared Decision Making Committee. If there is one thing I am strong at, it’s reviewing, identifying internal control issues, reconciling and planning. If there is one thing I have learned over years in accounting is that the NUMBERS WILL NOT LIE. I plan to review and understand the numbers because numbers will tell you if the budget was good for the students, parents and community stakeholders.

Question 7: What actions are necessary to continue to improve education within Alvin ISD? Please be specific.
  • A. Johnson - We must continue to challenge our students academically just as we often do with athletics. Encouraging students to participate in STEM, learning a trade, or even a musical instrument can pay huge dividends to their development. If we can encourage students to be comfortable being uncomfortable at times, they will be better adults for it. I would love to see the district continue leading as it relates to personnel by hiring and retaining the best educators. This will become more difficult as the growth continues, however planning and promoting from within can help us stay on pace.
  • B. John - No answer given.
  • C. Harris - I believe that the education climate and progress on student learning have improved as our graduation rates reflect this.  Teachers should continue to get to know each student as an individual and build positive and appropriate relationships with each child while also having a profound understanding of their content standards (TEKS). Once a teacher knows their students, then they know how to apply the standards for each student. Continued support of allowing teachers the autonomy to create lessons that really engage the students is key, along with low student to teacher ratios, and ensuring engaging materials and technology are available for all students are actions we can do to directly impact student learning. 
  • C. ScottTo continue to maintain academic excellence for all students after facing a pandemic through technology, social events, vocations, and community involvement.
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - Alvin should work harder to remain competitive with curriculum and hiring practices. The district is experiencing rapid growth, but the district is still as progressive as neighboring ISDs. Alvin I.S.D. has always placed a large emphasis on AG related pathways and Athletics. I am a business teacher and I take students to regional and state competitions and never see a presence from Alvin’s students. I asked a few of the business teachers about their lack of participation. I have learned that Alvin’s Business-related pathway courses are often taught by the coaching staff. The coaches are largely committed to the athletic department. This curriculum gap is leaving out a large population of students with an interest in business related pathways. Meanwhile neighboring districts, Pearland and FT Bend namely, have a huge focus in pathways focused on Business related courses.
  • J. Peterson - Some of the strengths of the Alvin ISD school board is the diversity of it students and teachers. Alvin ISD is a great school district with skilled teachers and committed students. The high school completion rate in 2020 was 96.0%. Currently we have a B rating the district works with student of improve and foster growth. We even have a WING program for gifted children that is in its fourth year. Those are just some of the wonderful things we have going on in our district. However, I believe we can improve by investing more in our STEM programs for teacher training and student learning. I also believe we can make greater strides in the promotion of career programs for the viability of students who do not plan to attend higher educations but need skills to navigate worth for their future. I would also like to continue to ensure that our students have the skills and ability to compete for the best colleges and universities and be successful.
  • J. Pickren - The areas that will continue to need extra attention are special education, performance gaps due to an unprecedented school year, and economically disadvantaged students. In special education there are areas in the elementary setting that need to be fixed from the state of Texas. You have my commitment to work with our State Legislatures to address the issue. Concerning performance gaps, we have already began testing to identify each student’s educational needs so they will be proficient in the next school year. For our economically disadvantaged families, I will continue to work with AISD Child Nutrition Dept., Churches, and Community Partners to provide food, clothing, and shelter for families in need.
  • R. Stredic - Equity across all campuses. Professional development aligned to best practices. Continued community partnerships and college and career readiness. 
  • R. Lockett - These are several actions that I will strive to improve within Alvin ISD that will positively develop the District: (1) Enhance academic performance for each of the 27,000 students in the District (2) Support teacher & staff professional growth through training and continuous education (3) Expand technology and access throughout the District (4) Ensure fiscal responsibility of the $312,000,000 annual district budget to guarantee voter taxpayer money is utilized appropriately (5) Encourage & create stronger ties with parental & community involvement in every program (6) Employ innovative facility expansion as the District continues to grow by over 1,000 students annually
  • S. Brothers - There are many specific actions that are necessary to continue to improve education in Alvin ISD. I believe that a school board member must be responsive and receptive to parents, staff, students and the community at large, encouraging an open dialog. Receiving input from all groups and weighing all the facts is critical to making informed decisions. One specific action that can be done is holding board/workshop meetings in various parts of the district to encourage communication, participation and engagement. 
  • V. Seriale - I believe that it is very important to recognize that all students are different. Serving a diverse group of students requires diverse and evolving learning avenues. It involves listening in leading. If your plan is to meet the needs of the students, families and community stakeholders, you have to know what those needs are. I believe that Alvin ISD should constantly hear from the students, families and community stakeholders it serves in regard to the needs of its diverse student population. This will allow the district to provide a dynamic leaning environment for all students resulting in improved education.

Question 8: Realizing that you may be serving the District in an elected capacity, identify one thing you want to see accomplished?
  • A. Johnson - I would like to see our mentoring program grow. We have representation from a variety of industries across the district and it would be great to expose our children to these leaders. Preparing students for the next phase of their journey, whether it be a four year institution, an associates’ program, or a technical skill-we need to expose them to real life examples of people doing what they are interested in. Alvin ISD is home to a great College and Career Academy that provides students over 30 unique opportunities to earn certifications in industries/trades that interest them. Engaging our community members that have those skills would provide valuable learning opportunities for both our students and our community.
  • B. John - One thing that I would like to see accomplished is to hire more qualified people from outside the district who will help contribute to the district’s vision and goals. Having more qualified people that share the common vision and goals for the district will make it a more cohesive and unified place where students can thrive.  
  • C. Harris - The further expansion of the JB Hensler College and Career Academy is something I want to see accomplished. Currently, the campus offers over 30 certifications in high demand career fields. This is important work because preparing students for their future careers with meaningful coursework that meets certification demands is essential to prepare them for their careers of choice or college and more certifications in different fields is essential to continue preparing our students. In correlation with the certifications expansion, I also want to see the campus become a comprehensive high school campus.  
  • C. ScottSuccessful growth in education, leadership, and all Alvin ISD employees along with a transparent and sound fiscal budget.  
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - I am results oriented and would like to see improved data in post-secondary education college admissions or more career opportunities for graduating seniors. I would also like to see more community stakeholder partnerships for the district.
  • J. Peterson - One thing that I want to accomplish is better test scores.
  • J. Pickren - The rapid growth is always at the forefront because it requires continuous attention to budgeting and planning. But, my personal goals, if elected to serve our great community again, will be improving elementary special education and providing additional supports for good mental health for our students. Again, our children are facing cyber bullying, the pandemic, and social issues. We have to make sure their emotional needs are met and they have the tools necessary to overcome emotional adversities.
  • R. Stredic - One to One Technology for all students
  • R. Lockett - There are many accomplishments that I would love to see as a future District Board Trustee, but if I had to identify one thing it would be for Alvin ISD to diligently work to achieve an increased TEA accountability rating. The current Alvin ISD rating is a “B”. The District must work to improve its accountability rating to an “A”. This is attainable by closing the student performance gaps, increasing school progress and improving student achievement. 
  • S. Brothers - Referring to the previous question, I would like to see the board hold meetings in various parts of the district, perhaps on a quarterly basis. An elected school board member represents all of the people and not all of them live in Alvin proper. Being accessible and collaborative with all stakeholders, including district staff, is necessary in order to build public understanding, support, participation and transparency. 
  • V. Seriale - The thing I would love to see accomplished if elected to serve Alvin ISD would be bridging the 288 corridor divide. The more people I meet in the district, the more I learn about the district and what the district has to offer. I believe this is an effort that has to take place because we are Stronger Together pooling all of our resources, talents and abilities.   

Question 9: Is there something that Alvin ISD is not presently doing that you believe will significantly improve the quality of education and strengthen the District? What is that and why do you believe it to be desirable?
  • A. Johnson - I think our communication with the families that the district serves has to remain a focal point. We need to continue highlighting all of the possibilities available to our students. The district has an abundance of resources that provide opportunities in areas of fine arts, athletics, UIL Academic activities, and service organizations. The district will soon have over 30,000 students. Although the tremendous growth will pose challenges to maintain those relationships, it will be imperative that we continue to expose all grade levels to the available resources in the district.
  • B. John - No answer given.
  • C. Harris - I believe that Alvin ISD is doing everything possible to graduate students who have a fantastic education that has prepared them for a career in trades or to go on to a college or university, and who are well-rounded and community minded future citizens.  
  • C. ScottI feel like Alvin ISD as a whole is on a great path through growth and leadership, and if elected, I look forward to working alongside and supporting the Board in any expertise and talents I can provide.
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - I would like to see more equity in hiring and advancement of the teaching staff. There is a large disparity of diversity at several campuses and the demographic of the district is largely Caucasian woman and this does not reflect the student population of the district. Student performance is improved when the population of teachers is more culturally diverse.
  • J. Peterson - No answer given.
  • J. Pickren - I would like to see Alvin ISD engage more with businesses that will increase work force readiness for our students. There are several opportunities for partnerships with various industries that will provide a career ready certification from the school district that will feed directly into a good job after graduation. It will be a win for the school district, the student, and the tax payer to improve our relationships with industry.
  • R. Stredic - Lack of access to technology and wifi for all students in this season. I believe that it is critical that all students are able to access virtual learning/blended platforms.
  • R. Lockett - There are a few areas that can been improved upon to ensure that the needs of parents and students are met to achieve success. This includes implementation of full day Pre-K at all 19 elementary schools; continuing the free and reduced-rate breakfast and lunches on all campuses; ensuring technology services are available to students that need a device or network support to ensure an equal opportunity of success for all students.
  • S. Brothers - In order to better serve the entire 252 square miles that Alvin ISD encompasses, we must go to the people. We have to make it easier for stakeholders to be engaged. It is desirable because it will build trust, enhance communication, provide transparency and encourage engagement. 
  • V. Seriale - While I believe the district has made great strides to improve diversity within the district, I still believe there is more work to be done. When there is representation, there is hope. I believe that diversity will have a direct impact on the quality of education. When you can “see” yourself succeed, that motivates you to be and do better. I believe that our differences don’t weaken us, they will strengthen us as a district and community.

Question 10: In your view, what has Alvin ISD done well over the last five years? What could the District have done better? better?
  • A. Johnson - I believe our early educational resources are incredible. The READy program, Book Bus, and dual language programs are tremendous and provide great value to the students they serve. My youngest child has personally benefited from the READy program that Alvin ISD provides, and it played an integral part in his success. I truly believe that students have a better youth experience when their parents/family members are actively involved. Family participation has been and will continue to be an area of ongoing improvement.
  • B. John - No answer given.
  • C. Harris - From the increased in National Merit students, creating the WINGS and the STEM Academies, graduates earning work force ready trade certifications, graduates entering the military, increased college and university enrollment, the Dual Credit partnership with ACC, more fine art opportunities such as junior high dance classes, increased participation in the FFA program, and athletics with the addition of junior high soccer. Bond projects have come in under budget, the tax rate has remained the same, staff survey shows over 90% employee favorability, and Alvin ISD was chosen as the Top Workplace in 2019 and 2020. I also have to brag on the COVID Forward 2020 Plan. This plan gave families the choice for their children to attend school either in-person or through our Alvin Virtual Learning. Alvin ISD was uniquely positioned to support virtual learning because of planning several years ago by our Technology staff along with board approved infrastructure.  
  • C. ScottOver the past five years, the district has experienced extreme growth unlike any other districts in the state and have managed to keep tax rates for tax payers and local businesses down or at a reasonable rate. In the future, my hope is that more students will return to on campus learning in order to close the educational learning gaps and in order to focus on the social emotional balance of those students returning face to face.
  • E. Pitre-Wilson - The district has grown tremendously. The population is growing and just keeping up with growth can be challenging. The district has and is doing a good job. The new schools that have been added to the district are amazing and provide a wonderful learning environment for the students. The district could have been more inclusive. It’s no longer a small district serving a small town. Alvin I.S.D. is a growing, diverse population and everyone deserves a voice. I’m running to provide a voice for students and educators who are often at the bottom of very thick layers of bureaucracy. I will bring a unique perspective to the board. I am committed to being impactful in assisting our next generation of leaders.
  • J. Peterson - No answer given.
  • J. Pickren - Alvin ISD has done exceptionally well over the last 5 years. In school growth, we have consistently come in under budget and have received awards for building the most energy efficient schools in Texas. In Academics, we have more students graduating with National Merit Scholar status, Career Ready Certifications, and Dual Credit College Hours / Degrees than ever before. Also, we created The Wings Academy and The STEM Academy for our highly gifted and talented elementary and junior high students so they can achieve their maximum potential. Our FFA students continue to take top prizes in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Our fine arts department is top notch. Our students thrive and are consistently earning national awards in theater arts and fine arts. In athletics we have seen our student athletes and teams have achieved state and national awards in all areas of competition.
  • R. Stredic - The CTE building that offers alternate pathways for students and the athletic facilities are phenomenal.
  • R. Lockett - Alvin ISD has done a wonderful job over the last five years of hiring and retaining great teachers. The teachers are continuing to strive to increase their educational skills by obtaining advanced degrees and certifications. I especially love to see teachers that taught my daughters in elementary school in Alvin ISD have continued to be promoted and several of them are now principals and assistant principals within the district. This is one of the many reasons that Alvin ISD was rated a top place to work.
  • S. Brothers - Over the last year Alvin ISD has stepped up for students and families again and again. I strongly believe that we have great teachers and staff working with our children. In my view, the main thing that Alvin ISD has done well over the last five years has happened in the classroom where education actually takes place. The board's efforts must continue to focus on enhancing and enriching what goes on in the classroom, whether it is delivered face to face or virtually. We must continue to build morale among all district employees and harmony throughout the district. Great students, parents who want to be involved, a highly motivated staff, and supportive communities are what it takes to be a successful school district. Alvin ISD is fortunate to have them all. I hope to be able to continue the legacy of excellence that Alvin ISD has enjoyed for many years. 
  • V. Seriale - I believe that Alvin ISD has done a great job in communicating. As a matter of fact, Alvin ISD’s communications department recently won 13 Star Awards at the Texas Schools Public Relations Association. The awards included 11Gold Star Awards, 1 Silver Award and 1 Bronze Award. Videographer Phil Jean received 7 Gold Star Awards and a Best of Category Award. While I believe Alvin ranks high in communication in comparison to other districts in Texas, I also believe the communications would be improved by adding transparency.
City of Manvel
The City of Manvel has the Alvin ISD Trustee Elections and a few contested City Council Positions on the ballot. You can watch the Candidate Forum we hosted for them below.

Manvel City Council Candidates
Council Member, Place 1
A. John - Greetings and Praise the Lord. My name is A John. Me and my family relocated to Manvel 6 years ago. I am a working middle class American migrated from India 22 years ago and currently working in energy sector (manufacturing) where I can identify and relate myself to millions of Americans. I got married to a beautiful women working as a pediatric Nurse in Med center and have one son. I was born and raised as a Christian in a God fearing family and currently serving as an accounts trustee in a church where 500+ families gather together. The name of the church is Immanuel MT Church (Stafford). I have no previous experience in politics or in public office and I am new to this opportunity. There is a lot to learn for me and I admit it. My passion towards serving the community brought me to this platform. But I promise to work and fight for the needs of the community and winning or losing is second to me. 
You can call me at 832-846-0763 or
Email me at ajohn4manvel@gmail.com.
Larry Akery (Incumbent) - Larry Akery retired from Shell Oil my wife and I moved to Manvel 1976.
I am 75. We have one daughter and two granddaughters. I am a Navy veteran and
belong to the Manvel Volunteer fire Department. We live on charlotte street on approximately 4 acres. I attend New Hope Church.
Council Member, Place 2
Lorraine Hehn (Incumbent) - My name is Lorraine Ramirez Hehn and I am a 14-year resident of Manvel. I have enjoyed my residence in the Rodeo Palms subdivision with my husband of 26 years, 3 kids and 3 resident dogs. My passion outside of serving the City of Manvel is dog sitting, growing my husband’s business in mortgage loans and running around our youngest son to Manvel High School and AAU ball. I have a Business Management degree from LeTourneau University and in my prior work history was an executive assistant in the corporate world for about 10 years.
When I joined my first board on Planning, Zoning and Development to be elected to office 2 years later, I knew that I was going to be part of the biggest changes to come. I take seriously every conversation, every vote, every discussion. I am part of discussions that touch the everyday lives of the people in the City. I want to continue the good fight of keeping Manvel unique, helping keep those who enjoy the quiet acreage life and ushering in those who prefer more structure around them. Thank you, Manvel, for all your support! I love supporting you!
Krystle Faulk - No bio given
Questions for the Candidates
Question 1: Why are you running and what time commitments do you think you will need to make to the position?
  • A. John - I chose to run because, I love this city and proud of its achievements. As a “city on rise” I would like to extend any help to extract all potentials of the community and the landscape to bring this city to one of the top best city in Houston metro area. I will make myself available any time to any needs in respect of the position I hold.
  • L. Akery - I am running to continue to be part of the growth in manvel and to offer my experience and knowledge that I have learned over the 44 years of being a volunteer in Manvel. I currently committ 100% to the city of Manvel. I visit with the ciy manager once or twice a week on all issues of of the city.
  • L. Hehn - I have been on City Council since 2015 and am currently running for my final term of eligibility. It is amazing going door-to-door, meeting and greeting and bonding with our whole City: rural, Proper, subdivision, and running into ETJ here and there. I have been able to bond with all generations and types of living in our great City!
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.

Question 2: How will the City of Manvel improve or be strengthened as a result of the leadership, drive, energy and vision that you would bring to the Council?
  • A. John - I admit that there is a lot to learn for myself in the city management area. But my young and fresh mind will have ideas and the leadership experience I bring from my work place and church will improve overall governance of the city management. 
  • L. Akery - I hope that my 44 years of experience as a resident 12 years of accumulated council position would be of value. I have watched Manvel grow from a blinking yellow light to development today.
  • L. Hehn - In the years I have served on the Council and advisor boards, I have been very involved the largest decisions the City has made in the last few years – from major purchases of City land, to working with developers to maintain high standards of residential living, controlled growth for business developments, and establishing new advisory committees to advance our city in a way that benefits as many residents as possible.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given

Question 3: Have you sought elective office before? If so, please describe the office, the level and outcome.
  • A. John - As mentioned above this will be my first experience running in election.
  • L. Akery - Yes 1980-1982 2000-2002 2012 -2014 -2017 2018- 2021 city council
  • L. Hehn - I have been elected to this office since May 2015 and have served as Councilwoman Place 2 since.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.

Question 4: How long have you lived in Manvel and what has been your involvement in the city (including volunteer work)?
  • A. John - 6 years ago my family moved to this beautiful city of Manvel. I have involved in many community organization including holing several positions at church. Currently I am serving as accounts trustee in our church. 
  • L. Akery - My wife and I haved lived in Manvel sice 1976 (44 plus years ) I joined the Mavel Volunteer Fire Depart still a menber 39 years. Manvel city council. 
  • L. Hehn - I have lived in Manvel since 2007 in the Rodeo Palms subdivision. I decided to get involved in the City by being asked to serve on Planning, Zoning and Development in 2013. Subsequently I was also asked to serve on the Comprehensive Planning Commission as well as the Charter Review in that same year. I was able to process where the City really stood at that time and with all that knowledge, I was able to relay to Manvel how important it was to prepare for the future. Since then, I have reached out to various groups, collaborated with sister cities, and spent time with state and congressional leadership to make sure that our City had the best information to help shape the best vision and decisions for Manvel.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.

Question 5: What do you consider the most pressing issue facing our city today?
  • A. John - Infrastructure and economic development. I say this because as many of us are aware about the no grocery store in Manvel city. The money that we supposed to spend in the city is been moved to neighboring cities. I don’t think this will balance out the proper economic structure and strengthen our economy. We should promote and support more quality businesses to move in the city which will attract neighboring cities resident’s to spend money in to our city. I believe city leaders are at the front line of innovation, working with people across the spectrum to create more inclusive, economically strong cities. 
  • L. Akery - Drainage to me is still the most important issue that Manvel has. The city has a large drainage project underway at this time that will address highway 6. Development of subdivisions have improved the dainage due to requirment of detention ponds.
  • L. Hehn - Today, our biggest issues are being addressed - drainage, infrastructure, and water. I am confident in saying that because our Council has put out major planning to ensure that our City has parameters on its growth. I intend to see these projects through.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.

Question 6: What experience do you have with complicated budgets? When you are given a multi-department budget, what will be your process to determine if it is good for the city?
  • A. John - I am currently serving as an accounts trustee in a church where 500+ families gather together. We have various organizations working together with several activities being done throughout the year. I understand, my experience with the church budgeting is different form city financial budgeting. But the hand on experience I have, given me confidence to work on cities complicated budget. A proper budgeting will point out unnecessary city spending. I am confident that once we figure it out, we can reduce these spending for the betterment of the city. 
  • L. Akery - Council will review the budget in a meeting with staff. I have several meetings with the city manager on the entire budget and ask questions.  
  • L. Hehn - My years on Council, education in Business Management, and civilian work in construction and management have been immensely beneficial to my role as an elected official. City budgets are not addressed the same way corporations, or any type of businesses are addressed. State laws are very strict on how these budgets are used and how tax dollars are spent. It is very important that the City hire the best and qualified in their area to ensure your tax dollars are spent appropriately, properly and within the law. The Council’s role is a visionary one and as we examine the budget, yearly, and pass this budget, we present the needs of the City and determine them by priority, planning and give direction to staff as they manage the taxpayer money as conservatively as possible.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.

Question 7: What actions are necessary to continue to improve the business climate in Manvel? Please be specific.
  • A. John - Manvel is a city of residential neighborhoods. We currently have very limited resources in our city, to attract people from outside and limiting our residents from spending outside of the city. Attracting more quality business to the city and assist with a support system to help them stay in business is vital. A town center, a sports complex or a mini park will all help improve the business climate in Manvel. 
  • L. Akery - Buisness climate improves based on the growth of subdivisions. Subdivisions grow because of its location HWY 288 nad HWY 6 and the economic climate. The city negotiates agreements with developers called 380 agreements. (chapter 380 of the local Hovernment Code authorizes cities to offer incentives). these incentives fund the developer back for roads and infrastrucure in their development.
  • L. Hehn - Business climate will continue to improve as the City moves forward with our capital improvement projects. This includes to keep moving forward with our plans to offer utilities, secure development agreements to help with improved roads and drainage. I hear from citizens about requesting specific “types” of businesses they would like to see around or near our City. We must take these opinions into our decision making. Growth cannot continue just for the sake of growth. It must be thoughtful and deliberate.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.

Question 8: Realizing that you may be serving the city in an elected capacity, identify one thing you want to see accomplished?
  • A. John - Make Manvel city a Smart city. We need to focus on new technologies otherwise we will be thrown out 10 years from now. I will emphasize my city to adopt to newer data and technology to become smarter and more effective, and safer to enhance service delivery. 
  • L. Akery - Continued development of drainage.
  • L. Hehn - I am excited and pleased to see that since I have been elected to Council, amazing growth and progress has come to the City. We will finally see dirt turn on one of our largest commercial tracts and see some much needed retail on the horizon. More small businesses are opening and giving our citizens the variety they are asking for. I am also proud of the recent updated zoning ordinance that protects our citizens from known human trafficking businesses that may attempt to set up shop in our City. If in my next term, I could see another amazing project accomplished? I hope to see the groundbreaking of a state of the art, extremely needed, updated police station be our next major accomplishment. It is LONG overdue.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.

Question 9: Is there something that the city is not presently doing that you believe will significantly improve the quality of life and strengthen the local economy? What is that and why do you believe it to be desirable?
  • A. John - This will go back the Question number#7. Presently Manvel do not have a grocery store like HEB or Kroger. As a resident of this city I strongly believe when the Grocery store opens up it creates wide verity of job opportunity and will significantly improve the quality of life and strengthen the local economy lot of other small business will follow. 
  • L. Akery - Expanding infrastructure to the east of highway 6 this includes a lift station. Highway 6 to the east is our zoned industrial area.
  • L. Hehn - The City can do better to promote the Manvel Economic Development Corporation to smaller businesses who need help to establish in Manvel. The MEDC is available to businesses that are trying to bring new business, jobs and sales taxes to our City. This is something the City does not do enough of and something our Council should be promoting actively.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.

Question 10: In your view, what has city done well over the last five years? What could the city have done better?
  • A. John - In my view the police department have done well over the last five years. Even though recently we hear about some robberies to the most part our police department have done an amazing job out there protecting the city. We could invest more in street lighting and installing cameras across our streets. We could also invest in cleaning up our bayous and preserve our fundamental human right which is water. We need to discuss the need of new investment in water infrastructure. 
  • L. Akery - Manvel has a council manager form of government which to me proves to be the best. Manvel has provided a charter for home rule governemnt. A throughfare plan to efficently move traffice throughout manvel has it developes. A drainage plan and will be enlarging the city water capacity with a elevated water storage. Purchasing 160 acres for the City Center complex a place for commercial growth and new police station,library and furture city hall. This will include outdoor activities for all residents. More development at Croix Park.
  • L. Hehn - In the last five years, our City has done so much, in leaps and bounds. I am very proud of our Council and how we have achieved and guided this amazing growth. It is not easy to blend such a largely diverse group of people and help usher them into the change that is taking place. I am proud of all of us, working as a team to help relay what is happening in our City before our eyes! What can we continue to do better? Maintain transparency with the citizens. Find better and more efficient ways to keep as many citizens as possible in the know so they are excited of what is to come. We can always improve on this, and I guarantee, as long as I am on Council, we will.
  • K. Faulk - No answer given.
City of Alvin
The City of Alvin has the Alvin ISD Trustee Elections and a few contested City Council Positions on the ballot. You can watch the Alvin Candidate Forum we hosted below. They also have amendments to the City Charter on the Ballot this year.

Alvin City Council Candidates
Council Member At-Large, Position 1
Lawrence McGaffie - I am most proud of being a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army. I served my country with dedication, loyalty and heart full of pride. We live in the greatest country on earth and I’m proud to continue my family’s legacy in the greatest city in Brazoria. I desire and commit to serve Alvin with the same zeal and enthusiasm that I served country and put my utmost into every community. As a military intelligence analysis for 101st Airborne my speciality was unit readiness and mission preparedness. While serving I received two army achievement medals and will use my skills and talents to serve Alvin. As a graduate and honor roll student of the Art Institute of Houston and former VP of their National Technical Society I have used my training in digital film and video production to build communication and network systems for one of the premier barber colleges in Texas as well as local churches and production companies.
I am prepared to fight for this city, support small business, support citizen involvement and preparedness and display experienced leadership with an toward family values. I hope you join the fight by voting Lawrence McGaffie for Alvin City Council
Keko Moore - I am a 3rd generation Alvinite and my family has been here for over 4 generations. I am a father of four and my wife is also an Alvin High School Alumni. I care deeply for the future and past of this town. Our city is positioned for substantial yet measured growth in the coming years. I believe our current council works hard and has the best interests of our town at heart. While I may sometimes disagree with their decisions, I respect their reasoning and the tenor of the chambers. I will be able to add perspective and value from my decades of construction management, business ownership, political involvement, and local volunteerism. I truly look forward to the honor of serving my hometown.
Council Member, District B
Chris Vaughn - Hello My name is Chris Vaughn. I am running unopposed for Alvin City Council District B. I would like to take a moment and tell you about myself. I was born and raised in the Houston area where I attended a local top rated private school after graduation I attended Alvin Community College. My wife and I moved to Alvin 18 years ago, where we have had the pleasure of
raising our 2 children. Along with living in Alvin I also own a small business here. In 2014 we opened our real estate office, RE/MAX American Dream. I strongly believe in keeping business local. We have brought over 40 jobs to Alvin. My wife and I strongly believe in supporting our community. I have been a
member of the Alvin Sunrise Rotary for the last 5 years, where I support the motto of Service above self. I also have the pleasure of serving the Alvin Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce for many years as different roles, but my current role is the outgoing 2020 Chairman of the Board. Over the last 21 years as a small business owner, I have seen many trials and many opportunities. I believe my experiences through those times have laid the pathway for me to understand and help many of our citizens of Alvin. I believe, with the collaboration of the other councilmen, we can help the city to improve the downtown area and make Alvin a more desirable place for people and businesses to move to and grow. I would also like to express my support of our City Law enforcement and Fire department as our front line, keeping our city safe and well cared for. The safety and well being of our citizens is a priority for me. Again my name is Chris Vaughn CouncilMan elect for District B and I look forward to serving you. See you on election day.

Thank you
Chris Vaughn
Councilman Elect District B
Council Member, District C
Dick Tyson - No bio given.
Joshua Kaseman - No bio given.
Richard Garivey - Richard was born and raised in Houston, Texas to Roy and Rachel Garivey. He graduated from Lamar HS (Houston) and attended Houston Community College. Richard moved to Alvin in 2011 after meeting his beautiful wife Shauna and has proudly called Alvin home ever since! They married in 2013 and have a blended family with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Richard comes from a family full of public servants for which he has continued to follow in their footsteps by always giving back and stepping up to help others. He is a proud member of the Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club, whose motto is “Service Above Self” which is something he has embraced since childhood. He is the Assistant Captain for the HLSR Houston Metro Go Texan committee (Alvin / Pearland), which raises scholarship money for AISD students. He is also a Coach for the Alvin Little League where he enjoys mentoring his players and growing their love for the game. Professionally he is an On-Premise Account Manager for Faust Distributing, a beverage distributor which serves the city of Alvin, Brazoria County, and 12 other counties in Southeast Texas.
Questions for the Candidates
Question 1: Why are you running and what time commitments do you think you will need to make to the position?
  • K. Moore - After a lifetime of getting so much enrichment from Alvin personally, I feel like it is my time to serve. I have considered the time commitment needed before deciding to run for office.  I am prepared to give it the time it requires.
  • L. McGaffie - A wise man once said “If something means that much to you even if the odds are against you, do it anyways.” I’m running because City means a lot to me. I’m a millennial running for the next generation living in and growing up in Alvin. I’m running because it is my duty to serve family, country and community. My time commitments is 100%. As a disabled veteran I can serve without hesitation, conflict of interest or interruption. I plan to make daily commitments to visiting businesses and meeting with community leaders and citizens. I plan to make weekly commitments to advertising businesses and engaging with neighborhood communities. I plan to make monthly commitments to maintaining neighborhood awareness so that citizens of each district remain informed and involved. I plan to make regular ongoing commitments to remain visible and accountable in the community. 
  • R. Garivey - I am running to continue to serve the citizens of Alvin in a greater capacity and to help keep Alvin moving forward in a positive way! Alvin is growing at a rapid pace, and with growth comes the need for expanded infrastructure and city services. In order to facilitate said growth I will work with fellow council members to identify the areas with the greater need while striving to maintain the low tax rate Alvin is Blessed to have. Due to its importance, I will make this a top priority and focus once elected.
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 2: How will the City of Alvin improve or be strengthened as a result of the leadership, drive, energy and vision that you would bring to the Council?
  • K. Moore - I have served as a leader in many capacities throughout my life - both professional and charitable. I will utilize all of the skills I’ve cultivated throughout the years to serve Alvin.
  • L. McGaffie - I’m an Army veteran with experienced leadership and heart for Texas family values. My focus is building stronger, well informed and engaged communities. Along with communication skills, I bring innovative ideas and ingenuity.
  • R. Garivey - The current council has done an amazing job keeping our city thriving against the obstacles it has faced. I will bring fresh ideas and strategies to the table to help my counterparts make decisions to truly serve our city and its citizens. Throughout my years of leadership experience I have never been afraid to ask the hard questions nor have I ever retreated from a challenge.
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 3: Have you sought elective office before? If so, please describe the office, the level and outcome.
  • K. Moore - No I have not.
  • L. McGaffie - I ran for Houston City Council in a 2018 special election. There were 9 candidates in the race and the district was not conservative friendly. Before that I was elected as the Harris County Republican Precinct chair for precinct 313 in 2016-2017. 
  • R. Garivey - Although I have never had the privilege of serving as an elected official, I have held various leadership roles in several aspects of my life. 
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 4: How long have you lived in Alvin and what has been your involvement in the city (including volunteer work)?
  • K. Moore - I have lived in Alvin for much of my life. I was born in Alvin. I also graduated from Alvin High School. I currently serve in an appointed capacity for the Alvin Planning Commission.
  • L. McGaffie - My grandparents grew up in Alvin. After my grandfather passed in 2018 I moved back to Alvin in 2019 in honor of him and to represent our family. I volunteer weekly with the mobile food pantry sponsored by the Houston Food Bank and hosted by Grace Episcopal Church. We deliver food to hundreds of families a week and I make personal deliveries to those who are older disabled or unable to come to the distribution site. I also volunteered time with the Alvin Police under their Citizens Police Academy in an effort to understand the needs of the police department in the community. I have volunteered with the Impact Cares Project repairing homes in Alvin, assist with live streaming services at my local church where I am also a member of the Verna Browning Board of Directors.  
  • R. Garivey - I have had the joy of living in our great city for almost a decade. I’ve had the honor of serving as a member of the Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club and HLSR Houston Metro GO Texan (Alvin/Pearland Subcommittee). I have coached within AGSA (Select softball) and Alvin Little League. I am currently serving on the City’s Planning Commission, which I formerly held the role of vice chairperson and also served on the latest charter review commission.
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 5: What do you consider the most pressing issue facing our city today?
  • K. Moore - The impending growth of Alvin is the most pressing issue. The city must be deliberate and focused while managing this coming sprawl.
  • L. McGaffie - Community Preparedness. Every neighbor needs an advocate. Every citizen needs a voice. Between technology, language barriers and a shifting political environment we must increase citizen engagement. My education and military training give me the skills to develop frameworks to communicate the council’s vision to each district and neighborhood. I want to ensure we are prepared for natural disasters, changes in the district and state that effect Alvin and communicate with surrounding cities. If we build a stronger social media and digital media presence we can increase voter turnout and engagement and reach a large Hispanic and low income population that feels left out and overlooked. 
  • R. Garivey - Sustainable growth. Growth impacts so many areas of concern in every aspect within the city. For this growth to truly be sustainable we will need to upgrade and expand our infrastructure and city services along with the necessary personnel. 
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 6: What experience do you have with complicated budgets? When you are given a multi-department budget, what will be your process to determine if it is good for the city?
  • K. Moore - I’ve supervised and managed multimillion dollar projects throughout the years. I’ve ran many construction budget meetings within the scope of those projects. The best way to decide on the necessity of budgetary items is to drill down line by line. Once you identify any opportunities, it’s best to meet with the department heads to discuss in greater detail.
  • L. McGaffie - Part of my education was preparing high level budgets for media projects and productions. A multi department budget for the city requires focus on safety, communication, technology and appropriate apportionments to finishing drainage projects and strengthening infrastructure. 
  • R. Garivey - Although I do not have extensive experience with large scale budgets, what I do possess is common sense, numbers are as complicated as you make them. When faced with challenges I don’t get overwhelmed, instead I adapt, adjust, and overcome. When dealing with the city budget, that is the hard-earned money of our taxpayers, which is something I will not take lightly. It will be a huge task to determine what is a greater necessity and what will benefit our citizens in the greatest capacity, but as aforementioned I will work with members of council to serve all citizens and keep our city operating optimally.
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 7: What actions are necessary to continue to improve the business climate in Alvin? Please be specific.
  • K. Moore - I feel as if we currently have a good business climate in Alvin. Perhaps, in an effort to affect specific growth, we could create a commission to pursue businesses that benefit our citizens. The more that businesses know about our city, the more likely they are to relocate or expand to Alvin.
  • L. McGaffie - We can cross promote business in preferred or high traffic businesses. We can require members to promote each other businesses on their professional and personal social media accounts We can make short form media productions and commercials to promote as well as create media highlight reels to show at monthly meetings. When I worked as tv producer, highlight reels increased interest business and encouraged marketing. We can encourage elected officials and city government workers to promote and support local business. We can establish a media station on YouTube or create a standalone video site for digital media. 
  • R. Garivey - Despite the adversity its faced, our business climate is doing great. As our city grows we will need to attract more businesses, specifically mainline retailors who will expand our tax base which will allow our operating budget increase while maintaining our low property tax rate. The greater commercial tax base will help fund the needs of our infrastructure and city services expansion.
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 8: Realizing that you may be serving the city in an elected capacity, identify one thing you want to see accomplished?
  • K. Moore - I would like the citizenry to feel engaged and involved. The current council is approachable and helpful. Hopefully, I can help to accomplish an even more transparent and communicative body.
  • L. McGaffie - Realizing that you may be serving the city in an elected capacity, identify one thing you want to see accomplished? Monthly or quarterly neighborhood and district meetings where citizens from each district can ask questions, meet with their elected officials, propose changes, get updates, play competition games and sports between districts, and conduct regular preparedness drills while staying connected 
  • R. Garivey - I want to continue to lay the groundwork for our local business owners to have the ability and opportunity to succeed as much as possible. Throughout my time serving on the planning committee I have seen the benefits residential expansion brings to our city. As we know, rooftops bring business, with our residential expansion we will begin to see businesses and developers drawn to Alvin to serve its residents and community. 
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 9: Is there something that the city is not presently doing that you believe will significantly improve the quality of life and strengthen the local economy? What is that and why do you believe it to be desirable?
  • K. Moore - We should pursue and promote more festivals, live events etc. This would boost our economy as well as our hotel and occupancy funds - to provide even more amenities to our citizens and guests
  • L. McGaffie - We can improve district by district preparedness and readiness by conducting regular drills and educational seminars. Many citizens have expressed their concern that they are not being heard or overlooked. Many of those are Spanish speakers, elderly and low income who have multi dimensional needs. By getting out into the districts and neighborhoods, and by meeting in churches, schools and local businesses, we can ensure visibility, accountability and sustainability in building a resilient and competitive economy 
  • R. Garivey - The city is doing everything they possibly can with the resources currently available to them. I plan to research our options in the form of grants funded by our state and federal governments to assist with our expansion. In addition to grants, I plan to seek out partnerships with the state, county, and surrounding municipalities to bring needed resources to our community.
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.

Question 10: In your view, what has city done well over the last five years? What could the city have done better?
  • K. Moore - Overall, I am pleased in the capital projects, department heads, budgetary discussions and general actions of the city council that I’ve witnessed in the last 3 years.
  • L. McGaffie - Impressive Drainage project commitments ensuring proper drainage during rain season. -residential planning -Interdepartmental communication -Commitment to diversity -Increasing participation in parks and recreation -Support for Police and first responders --Do Better: -More visibility and engagement in the community -Regulating incoming and outgoing HOA’s -More community funding in the budget for engagement, communication outreach, activities and preparedness -Competitive wages and stronger recruitment for police, fire fighters and first responders  -Spanish version of website -Spanish closed captioning on city council meetings -Interactive and intuitive city website 
  • R. Garivey - There is not any particular action the city has completed or accomplished that sticks out to me the most. The Council has made several great decisions and improvements to our city that all are significant in their own ways.
  • D. Tyson - No answer given.
  • J. Kaseman - No answer given.
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