7 candidates will appear on Nov. 5 ballot for Richardson ISD board of trustees

RISD electoral mapTwo incumbents and five newcomers have filed for a position on the Richardson ISD board of trustees.

The Nov. 5 election will be the first under the district's new majority single-member district electoral system. The change is the result of a Voting Rights Act violation lawsuit settled earlier this year.

Districts 2, 4 and 5 will appear on the November ballot. Trustees Eron Linn and Karen Clardy will run for re-election in districts 2 and 5, respectively. Only Linn will face a challenger in newcomer Vanessa Pacheco.

Four candidates have filed to run for the District 4 seat vacated Aug. 16 by former trustee Katie Patterson. Those newcomers include Regina Harris, Sakennia Reed, Taler Jefferson and Patricia Ann Hicks.

District 4 has been designated by RISD as an "opportunity district," or an area where a majority of minority-race voters reside.

Early voting begins Oct. 21 and continues until Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Editor's note: This item has been updated to include links to the Q&As for each of the candidates on the ballot.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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