Dudley Jordan is running for the Carroll ISD board of trustees Place 4 seat.
Community Impact Newspaper sent Jordan a series of questions about his candidacy. His written responses, edited for publication style, are below.
Q: What is your current occupation?
I am an attorney and run my own law practice.
Q: Why did you decide to run for this office?
I am running for office for three main reasons: 1) I believe that my professional background gives me a considerable amount to offer the school district. I am an attorney, a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”). In addition, I am a small-business owner currently running my own law practice and have established, run and sold several other small businesses over the years. I also have experience as a member of a board of directors, having served as a board member for Alliance Bank of Central Texas for over 10 years; 2) Given the fact that I currently run my own law practice, I have the time and flexibility to serve the district without conflict; and 3) last but not least, I have a passion to serve my community and I have a vested interest in the district’s long-term success in that I have a seventh- and fifth-grader currently in CISD.
Q: What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?
I am an attorney, a CPA, and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). In addition, I have experience as a member of a board of directors, having served as a board member for Alliance Bank of Central Texas for over 10 years. Given my background, I believe that I have the unique ability to identify and understand both legal and financial issues that are implicated in almost every decision that a board makes. Furthermore, having served as a board member for a corporation in a highly regulated industry, I also know exactly how critical the board is in the success (or failure) of the entity that it oversees.
Q: If elected, what would be your top priorities?
My top priorities will be as follows: 1) From a budget perspective, I will always push to ensure that CISD is being a good steward of the tax dollars that are entrusted to it. As a part of that overall philosophy, my first priority will be to push as many of the budgetary dollars as possible to positions that directly touch CISD’s students because that is where I feel that funding has the most significant and lasting effect on students’ lives and future careers; 2) I will also do all that I can to fund and encourage maximum participation in extracurricular activities be they the Dragon Band, the Emerald Belles, sports, the Dragon Robotics Team or any of the other fantastic extra-curricular activities offered by CISD. I wholeheartedly believe that these types of activities are essential for teaching team concepts, work ethic, accountability and for making our students the outstanding, well-rounded individuals that emerge from CISD as college-ready candidates; and 3) I will be vigilant in ensuring that our campuses are safe for our students. With the recent tragedies that have befallen many of our nation’s campuses, we must always keep our students’ safety at the top of our minds. I believe that CISD has implemented a first-rate response plan and safety program with Operation #SAFEdragon, and I would make it a priority that this plan is both followed and continuously reviewed and improved to ensure that we as a district are doing all that we can to make our students are safe.
Q: What else do you want constituents to know about you and your background?
I was born and raised in Texas and grew up in Midland, Texas. My parents raised me in the Southern Baptist Church, and although I was very active in sports throughout my childhood, my parents emphasized education in our family. I have been married for almost 17 years to a beautiful and successful woman that I am honored to say is the mother of our two wonderful children. I am a true outsider to CISD in that I do not have a personal relationship with any current board member or member of the administration. I think this is important in that I can truly say that I will bring a fresh, unbiased and unvarnished perspective to all issues that come before the board.