Here are the two candidates vying for the District 7 seat on Lamar CISD's board of trustees in the upcoming May 6 election: incumbent Alex Hunt and nonprofit director Suzanne Box. 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.

Alex Hunt

Experience: Incumbent and board president; former teacher; small business owner; founded foster care nonprofit; Gulf Coast Workforce Board; Arc of Greater Houston

Occupation: Attorney

Contact Information: 346-298-3670

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

LCISD is expected to add over 30,000 students in the next 10 years. This growth requires long-term planning, which has been the district’s focus this year. In the four years before I joined the board, six new schools opened. In the next four years, we are on track for 17 new schools, most of which will relieve Purple Track campuses. I will continue to be a good financial steward and will continue to encourage transparency.

Suzanne Box

Experience: LCISD mother; co-founder of nonprofit helping families break cycle of poverty through education; software development; booster club president

Occupation: Director, Caring for Korah

Contact Information: [email protected]

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

Our district needs to focus on better long-term planning. I would like to see LCISD begin purchasing smaller tracts of land where we can build individual campuses in various locations as opposed to waiting for larger tracts where multiple campuses are built. Seeking out smaller, more available tracts of land could eliminate the legal battles and wait time associated with eminent domain and significantly shorten the time spent on the school building process.