#schoolsafety | Allen voters, here’s what’s on your ballot for the 2020 November elections

Early voting for the Nov. 3 general election begins Oct. 13.

In addition to the presidential race, there are a number of statewide and local elections on the ballot. In Allen, this includes races for Collin County Commissioners Court, an Allen ISD bond election and nonpartisan races for the school board and city council.

You can read more about all the 2020 candidates and their responses to questions in The Dallas Morning News‘ Voter Guide.

Three seats on the 5th Court of Appeals are open, and there are several races for judges in local district courts.

Visit the Voter Guide to read more about these candidates as well as those in races at the top of the ballot, including U.S. and state representatives. You can enter your address to view a sample ballot and the information the candidates submitted.

What’s on the ballot in Allen?

City of Allen

Mayor: Grace Chen, a real estate agent, is running against Ken Fulk, a consulting mechanical engineer.

The seat is currently held by former Mayor Pro Tem Debbie Stout, who was appointed as interim mayor after former Mayor Steve Terrell filed as a candidate for Collin County commissioner.

Chen’s top priorities are public safety and health, maintaining balanced economic development and ensuring taxes remain low, according to the Allen American.

She did not answer any questions for The News‘ voter guide.

Fulk said he would appoint a citizen-led ad-hoc committee to develop a master plan for Allen’s Central Business District, review the local Allen Land Development Code as it relates to the commercial development on State Highway 121 and appoint a citizen ad-hoc committee to consider changing the rules of approved term limit requirements.

He previously served on city council for more than nine years, serving as the mayor pro tem for four years. He has also served on the Allen Planning and Zoning Commission and Allen Economic Development Corporation Board, in addition to a number of other roles.

City Council Place 2: Incumbent Carl Clemencich is running unopposed.

Dallas County election worker Maxx Nunez tapes up a sign before polls open for Super Tuesday voting at John H. Reagan Elementary School in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Allen ISD

School bond: A $222 million school bond will focus on capital improvement projects, athletic facility renovations, and technology replacement, among other projects. The bond will be divided into four separate propositions, as the state requires. Only residents within the district’s boundary lines can vote on this item. Voters rejected a pricier $423 million bond proposal for Allen ISD last year.

School board Place 6: Polly Montgomery, an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University, is running against Sathyanarayana Sastry, a senior technical account manager at a start-up company. The position is now held by Louise Master, who assumed office in 2007.

Montgomery’s top issues are school safety and academic and social skills remediation, due to the pandemic. She is a retired public educator and recently created a program for at-risk students at Lowery Freshman Center. She was also on Allen ISD’s Project Kids bond-planning committee.

Sastry’s top issues are improving the fund balance without increasing tax rates and improving teacher welfare. He serves on several committees across the district, including Allen ISD SOAR 2030, Project Kids and Allen ISD Leadership Academy.

School board Place 7: Incumbent Vatsa Ramanathan, who took office in 2017, is running unopposed.

Collin County

Sheriff: Incumbent Jim Skinner is running unopposed. He was first elected in 2016.

Commissioner, Precinct 3: Incumbent Darrell Hale is running against Dianne Mayo, a licensed escrow officer for a title company.

Hale assumed office in 2018.

Mayo has served as the Democratic precinct chair for Precinct 40 since 2011.


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