Election Q&A: Meet the candidates for Leander ISD board of trustees Place 3

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Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Christine Mauer, Chris Remy and David "Speedy" Wise are running for Place 3 on the Leander ISD board of trustees.

Pam Waggoner, the incumbent Place 3 board member, is not seeking re-election. Board members are elected at large and serve four-year terms.


Here is information on Place 3 candidates.


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Leander ISD board of trustees, Place 3










Christine Mauer



Occupation: Program Coordinator, Mathematics Pentathlon Institute


Top priorities: Educate the whole child; Preserve what makes us a destination district; Attract and retain the best teachers






Why are you running for this position?



CM: Public education is the cornerstone of a strong society and every child in our district deserves the opportunity of quality education. As each family embarks on the educational journey for their children, Leander ISD can provide an amazing place to learn and grow for each child. Together, with teachers, parents, and community members, we can provide many enriching possibilities.



How will you help Leander ISD recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



CM: Prioritizing the allocation of resources to ensure the success of every student, staff, teacher, and educators within our school community. Equal access for all and protecting our resources that continually get cut by the state is essential. Preserve the current levels of funding as well as come up with new and innovative ideas to create new revenue for our district.









Chris Remy



Occupation: Software Sales


Top priorities: Academic Excellence; Innovation; Fiscal Responsibility






Why are you running for this position?



CR: Having volunteered in Leander ISD since my three children started attending, I’d like to take that experience and serve my community to keep LISD a destination district. I think education is something we can come together for and where we can find common ground. I’m running to keep the division out of LISD and keep our focus on student success.



How will you help Leander ISD recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



CR: To recover from the pandemic I will focus on addressing student gaps and ensuring fiscal sustainability. Having access to remote learning doesn't mean it's working educationally for all, so we will need to help students that are falling behind. We also need to balance our budget - already in deficit - with state funding in question in the upcoming biennium.









David "Speedy" Wise



Occupation: Business owner/rancher


Top priorities: Listening to the educators and the parents of LISD; Safety of all members and guests of LISD; Fiscal responsibility


Website: N/A




Why are you running for this position?



DW: I am running for Leander ISD School Board trustee because I want to represent the people of Leander ISD and, most importantly, the teachers and other educators within the district. As a former educator, we need to support our educators and show we support them all year – not just during appreciation week.



How will you help Leander ISD recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



DW: I would recommend to my counterparts that we look at all unused real estate properties and other surplus items and sell them off to help pay for technology so we can embrace for another pandemic and put the district in a better position.


By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in February 2020.


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