By KAROLYN GEPHART
Friendswood ISD Board member Matt Robinson, M.D. has announced his candidacy for the Texas State Board of Education District 7. He is seeking a Republican nomination.
The Texas State Board of Education is an elected 15-member body that oversees the public education system in Texas. Members run in partisan elections and represent single-member districts for four-year terms.
Robinson’s announcement to run followed the announcement from current SBOE District 7 board member and incumbent David Bradley who said he would not seek an eighth term on the State Board.
Bradley also announced his support of Robinson.
“Matt will be a tireless advocate for parents, students and educators on the board. His background and convictions make him qualified to fill this seat and I know he will do great things. I didn’t want to leave until I knew that the board and my seat would be in good hands. I’m encouraging all of my supporters across the District to support Matt,” Bradley said.
Robinson is also being supported by the other six members of the FISD Board of Trustees, Rebecca Hillenburg, Ralph Hobratschk, Tony Hopkins, David Montz, Robert McCabe, and Laura Seifert.
Robinson believes in strong schools, high-quality teachers, modern instructional methods, and a continuous focus on family involvement.
“Over the last several years as a board member I have appreciated the many challenges in educating young Texans in our schools, and I want to bring my experience and leadership to the state board. I’ve had the opportunity to study schools across Texas as part of TASB’s leadership program,” Robinson said. As a board member I will represent the strong conservative values of the District and work with my colleagues to continue Bradley’s legacy of leadership. As a local board member I also want more input from local school boards on the best ways to set state standards.”
Matt Robinson joined the FISD School Board in 2008 and sits in Position 2. Robinson, a urologist, is married to Pam Broman from Dickinson. The two have three children.
In FISD, Robinson has served on the Facility Advisory Committee and the 2007 FISD Bond Committee.
“For many American children public education has been their ticket out of poverty. We need to give these very same children and their parents the tools and choices to still achieve this dream. Likewise, in every community ISD throughout Texas, parents and teachers should have more say in what and how subjects are taught to children,” Robinson wrote on his Facebook page.
“I look forward to getting out and discussing these educational issues with as many people as possible, throughout the district,” he said.
For more information, go to www.votemattrobinson.com.