Not only would attorney Jaime Resendez be an outstanding trustee for this southeast district —his personal story could provide a lifeline of hope to the area’s many underserved residents.
Defying the odds that defeated many of his friends, this Pleasant Grove native graduated from Skyline High School, served as an Iraq War combat veteran and studied at Eastfield Community College and the University of North Texas on his way to earning a degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
The 33-year-old’s dogged perseverance should ressonate well with the district’s young people and parents. The bilingual Resendez undoubtedly will inspire students to see that a path through DISD schools can lead to success.
Resendez’s goal is for the district to become the best option — not the fallback — for families. He believes DISD gets there by expanding educational choices and following through on reforms.
Whether explaining the teacher pay initiative or early childhood education, Resendez makes a steady case with fact-driven arguments. He’s not one for dramatics and grandstanding. And while a supporter of the new efforts, this candidate can provide fresh eyes — and objective vigilance — as they evolve.
A member of the inaugural class of the Latino Center for Leadership Development, Resendez also has won heavy-weight endorsements. Among them: outgoing trustee Nancy Bingham; state Sen. Royce West, whose law practice Resendez is a member of, and the area’s City Council representative, Ricky Callahan. The three represent a diversity of points of view and a good understanding of District 4’s needs.
Of Resendez’s two opponents, Realtor Camile White, 51, is a sturdy and well-intentioned candidate. However, White, who has campaigned several times previously — for this seat as well as City Council — opposes many of the reforms that we believe are central to improving DISD.
Omar Jimenez, 23, is a host at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and expects to graduate in August from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
He shows an alarming recklessness when it comes to misrepresenting facts on social media and a concerning lack of introspection when challenged. For instance, in the run-up to the bond vote, Jimenez tweeted about the possibility of a specific campus closure — something that was never considered. A few days earlier, he tweeted that one District 7 campus was getting “almost half of 2015 bond” – another untruth.
Most bizarre, while Jimenez’s tweets included “Join me in voting NO for the DISD bond … ‘Save our kids!’” he refused to say in his interview with us whether he supported or opposed the package.
This race is not even a close call. Failing to elect Resendez is a vote against District 4 schoolchildren.