Plano ISD board of trustees election features 4 contested races

Early voting location.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1. (Rebecca Anderson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1. (Rebecca Anderson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Plano ISD voters will decide on Places 1, 2, 3 and 6 on the district’s board of trustees May 1. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Place 1 is currently held by Board President Tammy Richards, who decided not to run for re-election. Seeking the seat are Shafik Ben Guesmia, the chief executive officer of contract management firm Cemendus Inc.; Lauren Tyra, a venture capital scientific analyst; and Semida Voicu, a small-business owner.

In the Place 2 race, incumbent Angela Powell is being challenged by Ajikwaga Felli and Dayna Oscherwitz. Powell, the chief executive officer of Powell Advantage, is seeking her second four-year term on the board. Felli is a dentist and co-owner of Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, while Oscherwitz is a professor of francophone studies and assistant provost for general education at Southern Methodist University.

The Place 3 race is between incumbent Nancy Humphrey and challenger Lynn Walling. Humphrey, who is a retired former certified public accountant and former executive director of Hendrick Scholarship Foundation, is seeking her fourth consecutive four-year term on the board. Walling works in local small-business employment.

The Place 6 race sees incumbent Jeri Chambers facing off with newcomer Marilyn Loughray. Chambers, who is a donor relations officer for Collin County for Communities Foundation of Texas, was appointed to Place 6 in January 2018 and was elected to fulfill the remainder of the unexpired term in May 2019. Loughray works as an insurance business analyst and Realtor.


More detailed candidate Q&As are available at communityimpact.com.

Denton County voters must cast ballots in their assigned precinct location while Collin County voters may cast ballots at any vote center in their county. For a list of polling places, click here for Denton County or here for Collin County.

For the latest results on this and other races after the polls close, visit communityimpact.com/voter-guide/election-results.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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