The two candidates running for Lamar CISD's District 5 seat in the upcoming May 6 election include incumbent Jon Welch and pastor Brian Moore. Read on to learn how each candidate believes LCISD should manage its growth.

Early voting began April 24 and ends May 2. Visit here to see the early voting locations and schedules for LCISD and Fort Bend ISD.

Candidates were asked to keep responses under 75 words, answer the questions provided and avoid attacking opponents. Answers may have been edited or cut to adhere to those guidelines, or for style and clarity.

Jon Welch

Experience: Four years on the LCISD board of trustees

Occupation: Marketing

Contact Information: [email protected]

How do you think the district should plan on managing growth?

By putting in place a specific growth plan with details, as has now been done. When I joined the board, LCISD had gone years with a rural mindset, planning in a lackadaisical manner. Now, however, we’ve restructured our facilities department to meet our growth challenges. Also, we’ve passed two important bonds since my time on the board that provide the necessary money to purchase land and to construct buildings.

Brian Moore

Experience: Former LCISD employee; student pastor at River Pointe Church; parent of four children that attend LCISD schools

Occupation: Pastor

How do you think the district should plan on managing growth?

Grow paraprofessionals into teachers and teachers into admin. I think the district is doing a pretty good job of talking with demographers and seeing how the district is going to grow.