• Award-winning educator: professor of English and film at Texas State University for more than 30 years
  • Proven Democrat: three-time Democratic nominee for State Board of Education who consistently outperformed expectations in 13 counties
  • Community leader: consensus-builder and listener who served on San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission and other volunteer boards
  • Dedicated to public education: volunteered in San Marcos Public schools; both daughters public-school graduates
  • Committed environmentalist: helped bring recycling and bike paths to San Marcos