District 2 school board race ends November 3rd
Dallas ISD’s second district will see a vote next month on November 3rd. The vote was originally pushed back due to COVID, giving the candidates vying for District 2’s spot extra time for their campaigns. The three candidates for this year’s race are Nancy Rodriguez, Alex Enriquez, and incumbent Dustin Marshall. Rodriguez and Enriquez both will be challenging Marshall with an aim to bring trust back to the school’s board, after years of the DISD’s enrollment declining. Marshall plans to continue his efforts to bring the district up to par with other schools in the state. We’ll be breaking down each candidate’s viewpoints to help you make your decision for District 2’s future.
Nancy Rodriguez is a current parent and volunteer with Dallas ISD, who grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. She has her master’s in social work from Hunter College of City University of New York, and has worked in the social work field for over twenty years. Rodriguez hopes to bring her passion for helping students with special needs, an often undervalued group in Dallas ISDs. She also seeks to make the ISD more inviting for all students by bringing in more teachers and finding more ways to bring classrooms to or below the state mandated limits on capacity.
A graduate of Dallas ISD’s District 2 himself, Alex Enriquez plans to use his firsthand experience to benefit the district and its policies. Enriquez has worked with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on her campaign, moving to Washington DC to do so. Before that, he graduated with his bachelor’s from Florida State University. His focus for the campaign is bringing a sense of transparency that he believes has been missing from the school board. Enriquez plans to use his three priorities – community, equity, and excellence – to bring the board the transparency and effectiveness it needs.
Incumbent Dustin Marshall plans to continue the work he has already done to bring Dallas ISD’s test scores up to par with the rest of the state. He employs a data-driven viewpoint for the schools, that prioritizes rewarding the best teachers and schools in the district. He also has plans to invest more in facilities for students, getting rid of vacant buildings while expanding current ones and their classrooms. Marshall has an MBA from Northwestern University and is the CEO of Hazel’s Hot Shot, a freight company. He has previously worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company, where he learned the importance of the analytical viewpoint he takes.
With the student-focus of Rodriguez, the transparency sought by Enriquez, and the analytical approach of Marshall, each candidate for the upcoming election brings a unique perspective to District 2. The election is sure to be a close race between the three candidates, and we hope that our local readers will make a well-informed vote on November 3rd.
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