Another candidate files for Place 3 on Frisco ISD's board of trustees

The filing period for the May 7 general election began Jan. 19. Frisco ISD voters will decide who sits in places 1, 2 and 3 on the board. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
The filing period for the May 7 general election began Jan. 19. Frisco ISD voters will decide who sits in places 1, 2 and 3 on the board. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

The filing period for the May 7 general election began Jan. 19. Frisco ISD voters will decide who sits in places 1, 2 and 3 on the board. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

The race for Place 3 on the Frisco ISD board of trustees will now have at least two candidates.

Stephanie Elad filed to run in the May 7 election on Jan. 24, according to her election filing. Elad works as a human resources director, her filing stated. She has been a Frisco ISD resident for more than eight years.

Elad will face Dustin Paschal as FISD voters decide who will be Board Member Chad Rudy’s replacement. Rudy said in November that he will not seek re-election.

Candidates seeking places 1 and 2 on the school board will also be on the May ballot. As of 5 p.m. Jan. 28, these candidates have filed:

Place 1

  • Gopal Ponangi (incumbent)


Place 2


  • Natalie Hebert (incumbent)

  • Kelly Karthik


Place 3


  • Stephanie Elad

  • Dustin Paschal


In addition to the election filings, six other people have filed campaign treasurer appointments, which is among the first steps involved in running for elective office. Those filings were made by Brian Bash, John Davis, Michael Draper, Angela Dunford, Marvin Lowe and Jennifer Stanley.


Early voting begins April 25 and ends May 3. The election is May 7. Visit www.friscoisd.org/about/board-of-trustees/board-elections for more information.
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.