Monday, February 8, 2016

DCCCD colleges to host Board of Trustees candidate forums

The DCCCD will experience significant change in the composition of its Board of Trustees, as three incumbents are leaving office and their seats will be up for election on May 7, 2016.

Representing District 2, which includes portions of downtown and North Dallas, and the northwest corner of Dallas County, Trustee Bob Ferguson is retiring after 12 years of service.

Representing District 3, which includes much of northeast Dallas County, Trustee Jerry Prater is retiring after 19 years of service.

Representing District 4, which includes much of east and southeast Dallas County, Trustee Bill Metzger is stepping down after six years of service.

This map shows all seven DCCCD trustee districts. Trustees are elected to six year terms. Terms for Districts 1 and 7 expire in 2018. Terms for Districts 5 and 6 expire in 2020. Trustees represent the community in the oversight and governance of the DCCCD.

Numerous candidates already have declared for the open trustee seats. Additional candidates may file for election through Friday, Feb. 19.

Given three new trustees will be elected, the 2016 election assumes additional importance in the present and future of the DCCCD. Consequently, efforts are underway to send questionnaires to all candidates in order to gauge their opinions of a variety of issues. Their answers will be published on the DCCFA Advance Blog for all faculty to peruse.

In addition, candidates will be invited to a series of candidate forums at several DCCCD colleges.

Eastfield College will host a candidates forum at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Performance Hall.

Brookhaven College will host a candidates forum at 12 noon Thursday, April 14, in the Performance Hall.

Richland College will host a candidates forum at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Performance Hall.

North Lake College is expected to host a candidates forum at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in Room G401.

Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited and encouraged to attend the candidate forums. Please feel free to invite students to attend the candidate forum at, or nearest, your college. Also, if you reside in a voting district other than where you work, please feel free to attend the candidate forum at the college nearest your residence.

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