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Meet the 2016 CISD School Board Candidates

April 11, 2016

Candidate Information:


There are eight candidates running for three school board positions this spring.  The CGA posed several questions to the  candidates running this year.    The questions were:

  1.  Tell us a little about yourself and why you’ve decided to run for a school board position.
  2. What unique qualities would you bring to the school board?
  3. How have you been involved with Coppell ISD prior to running for school board?
  4. What do you see as the biggest challenges for the district in the next five years?
  5. Are you in support of the Coppell ISD bond that has been proposed?
  6. How important is serving the needs of gifted kids?
  7. How does Coppell ISD currently serve gifted kids and how does that compare to other districts?

Leigh Walker and Mary Duran are running for Place 1.  Jill Popelka, Bac Nguyen and Jonathan Kirby are running for Place 2.  Anthony Hill, Ron Hansen and Pankaj Jain are running for Place 3.  So you can read the complete response from each candidate, we have placed their responses into their own page, and the links are below:

Leigh Walker’s Responses (Place 1)

Mary Duran’s Responses (Place 1)

Jill Popelka’s Responses (Place 2)

Bac Nguyen’s Responses (Place 2)

Jonathan Kirby’s Responses (Place 2)

Anthony Hill’s Responses (Place 3)

Ron Hansen’s Responses (Place 3)

Pankaj Jain’s Responses (Place 3)

Please note that Coppell Gifted Association does not support or endorse any candidate and offers these responses as a service to its members to help you make an informed decision on Election Day.  Regardless of who you support, please get out there and have your voice heard on May 7th.

Any grammatical or spelling errors within the candidates responses are their own – we’ve simply compiled their answers as submitted.

Voting Information:



Early Voting

April 25-May 3

Election Day – May 7 (Sat)

Early voting locations will be at Coppell Town Center, Vonita White Admin Building, Valley Ranch Public Library,  as well as other locations in Dallas County.  To see the complete list of early voting sites,  please click here.  On Election Day, you must vote in your precinct.  To find your precinct, visit the Dallas County Elections website.








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