In Richardson ISD's June 18th runoff election for its District 2 seat on the Board of Trustees, I'll be voting for Vanessa Pacheco. I won't be voting for Sherry Clemens because of dealbreakers like this: she thinks RISD is better without Dr. Jeannie Stone.
In a Richardson ISD District 2 candidate forum at Berkner High School, candidates were asked, "Do you believe that the former superintendent resigning in December was best for Richardson ISD?"
One candidate gave a heartfelt answer of no. "I know that our teachers felt the extreme loss. I think our district felt the extreme loss. A lot of our students felt the same way. I was and am a strong supporter of Dr. Stone, her ideas and creativity and policy and that's why we miss her." (Vanessa Pacheco).
One said that he "supported Dr. Stone from the first day I hired her to when we unanimously accepted her resignation in December" (Eron Linn).
But one candidate, Sherry Clemens, said, "the last few years, because of COVID and before and after COVID, it was so divisive, that it is time for a new leader to unify our district."
And that's why I won't be voting for Sherry Clemens. Because I support the RISD policies that are Dr. Stone's legacy, like the attitude that "All Means All." Like the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy that has done more to unify RISD than anything since integration in the 1970s. I'll be voting for Vanessa Pacheco. She has a lot of positives in her favor and none of Sherry Clemens's dealbreakers.
Review other dealbreakers:
Dealbreaker #1: She's Extreme Even for Conservatives
Dealbreaker #2: She's Turning the RISD Into Southlake
Dealbreaker #3: She's Aligned with Lauren Davis
Dealbreaker #4: She Fought Against COVID-19 Mitigation Policies
Dealbreaker #5: She's Against by Books with Serious Themes
Dealbreaker #6: She Lies about CRT
Dealbreaker #7: She Thinks She Speaks for All Christians