To inform readers about the candidates seeking their votes on the November ballot, the San Antonio Report asked all candidates to answer the following questions. We edited answers for clarity, not substance or grammar, and we did not fact-check responses. We restricted responses to 200 words for each question.
Read other candidates’ answers here.
Alamo Colleges, District 9
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What is your educational background? Where did you go to school growing up and what is the highest level of education you completed?
BA -University of Toronto
MPA – Texas State
JD – St. Mary’s University School of Law
I was born in Siedlce, Poland, where I attended kindergarten. Then my parents moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada where I went to elementary and high school and received my Bachelor’s from University of Toronto. The highest level of education received was a Doctor of Jurisprudence from St, Mary’s University School of Law.
If you have completed higher education, what degrees or certifications have you earned and from where? In what years did you complete these degrees or certifications?
BA -University of Toronto 1982
MPA – Texas State 1984
JD – St. Mary’s University School of Law 1989
Mediator Certification UT- Austin 2015
What is your current occupation, employer, and job title?
Principal Attorney at Les Law Group, PLLC
List any previous elected offices that you held and the term you held that office. List any elected offices you sought and the years you sought those offices.
Sought the 408th District Court Bench in Bexar County in 2016
Why do you feel you are the best candidate for the office you are seeking?
I feel I am the best candidate because of my educational background would bring a legal diverseness to the ACCD Board. Also, I have been a educator having been a Adjunct Professor of Government at San Antonio College for over 20 years. Plus I have been a Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law for 10 plus years. My background of law, education and fiscal literacy bring a unique assets to the board. Furthermore, I received the San Antonio Express News editorial endorsement on September 25, 2020.
What three issues do you feel are most important to your constituents?
1- First and foremost review the 2020-21 budget for belt tightening measures in light of these covid changing challenges and times.
2- Examine the need for a sixth campus.
3- Child care to campuses for single parents.
If you are elected, what will be your top priorities once you take office?
First and foremost review the 2020-21 budget for belt tightening measures in light of these covid changing challenges and times. Revisit the capital improvement projects and evaluate the way learning has changed for the ACCD students in light of covid.
For incumbents: What accomplishments are you most proud of during your time in office? Is there any vote or decision you would change now looking back?
For non-incumbents: Would you do anything differently from the current representative holding the office you’re seeking?
I would have not voted illegally to postpone the election to 2021 like my incumbent did as an act of self interest.
How do you assess your community college district or school district’s performance during the pandemic and the way it served students?
The district has served the community college community with care for the safety for both the students and staff and done a great job given this uncertain environment.
How will you approach budgeting for your district given the economic uncertainties? What are your budget priorities you would want to keep intact?
First and foremost review the 2020-21 budget for belt tightening measures in light of these covid changing challenges and times. Revisit the capital improvement projects to see if they are necessary. Since 80 % of the budget is salaries and benefits, I would look at providing early cash buyouts to help reduce these costs in the budget.
How do you plan to work to overcome academic gaps that may have developed or widened during the pandemic?
Given that I would be looking at this with fresh eyes and I would review the gaps that have been identified by the President. Furthermore, I would evaluate the way learning has changed for the ACCD students in light of covid and whether the educational models need to be finely tuned.