Read Q&A's with each candidate below. Candidates were asked to keep responses under 75 words, answer the question provided and avoid attacking opponents. Answers may have been edited or cut to adhere to those guidelines, or for style and clarity.

Early voting will begin April 24 and run through May 2. Election day is May 6.

* indicates incumbent

Chris Coker

Experience: I have vast experience in operating as a trustee in different trusts and in growing/managing large budgets and large groups of people.

Occupation: Self employed—medical, pharmacy and lab consulting

Contact Information: [email protected]

Why are you running for office?

As a member of KISD, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that education can have on the lives of our students and our community. I want to expand learning opportunities and strengthen parent-teacher relationships while strengthening the parents’ voice. I want to keep politics out of the classroom and focus our education system on the things that matter. By acknowledging our educators' hard work and dedication, we can inspire them to continue to do great things for our students.

What are some of the biggest challenges facing Keller ISD?

I believe the biggest challenge facing KISD today is maintaining traditional values and morals in the face of evolving societal norms. There is a consistent push to continue to insert political ideologies into our schools where they do not belong.

If elected, what would be your top priorities?

Keeping politics out of the classroom, making sure parents have a voice, working with the budget to increase teacher pay and continuing to improve school safety.

Bev Dixon*

Experience: KISD board of trustees, six years; member, all KISD PTAs, past board member; member, Northpark YMCA; board past president, National Charity League (Keller); member, Citizens' Bond Advisory and Citizens' Bond Oversight Committees KISD Community Ambassador; mom of KISD students; community and school volunteer; past member, Campus Education Improvement Committees

Occupation: Interim president/CEO of the Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce

Candidate Website:

Contact Information: [email protected]

Why are you running for office?

I have always been called to serve kids. During my time in the Navy, I volunteered at local schools where I was stationed. I have been engaged in the district since moving to Keller in 2011. As the mother of two, the district drove our decision to move here. As I got engaged through campus and district avenues, I became passionate about improving our community and, more importantly, the lives of KISD students.

What are some of the biggest challenges facing Keller ISD?

1) Funding – School funding affects our ability to do our job and the financial stability of our taxpayers. 2) High stake testing (STAAR) requirements must be re-evaluated. There should be accountability. However, I do not believe a single day of testing accurately reflects where students are academically. 3) Rebuilding relationships with parents. I have always been a huge proponent that parents are their child’s biggest advocate, and we are their partner through their child’s educational journey.

If re-elected, what would be your top priorities?

1) Continue working with fellow elected officials to provide adequate funding for public education. 2) Continue finding ways to reduce the tax rate and grow our general fund balance without hurting the quality of education. 3) Continue to make connections and build relationships with staff, students and parents. 4) Identify and foster connection points with our community and businesses. Engaging the community and local businesses creates innovation within our schools.