Jim Rice, Rick Garcia announce campaigns for Position 3 seat on Fort Bend ISD board of trustees

Two candidates have announced their intent to seek election for a position on the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees.

Jim Rice and Rick Garcia will face off May 7 for Position 3 on the FBISD board of trustees, according to announcements from both candidates.

Rice, who serves as the trustee for that position, was first elected to Position 3 in May of 2010 and has served in that position since, according to FBISD’s website. He was elected board secretary in June 2011 and board president in 2012, serving two consecutive terms in that office.

“I am proud of my service as a trustee on the board for Fort Bend ISD,” Rice said in a Jan. 10 announcement. “Currently I serve as the board vice president and serve as a member of the governance committee and chair the audit committee. My goals have always been to provide a quality education for all students, to support our teachers, engage the community, and to maintain a balanced budget.”

Meanwhile, Garcia, a 25-year resident of Fort Bend County, was hired by FBISD to teach seventh grade Texas History at Garcia Middle School, according to the candidate’s announcement. He currently works as a project manager and Office 365 team lead. He also operates an event planning company, where he plans and hosts homeowners associations events and other small- to medium-sized events and conferences.

“I am running to become your next Fort Bend ISD board trustee because I am ready to serve our community at a higher level,” Garcia said in his announcement. “I have been committed to my neighborhood and my local community for so long but now I am ready to serve all of Fort Bend ISD. I look forward to this opportunity.”

According to FBISD, no candidates have officially filed. The filing period will span Jan. 19-Feb. 18 for local political subdivisions.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.