I’m HISD District I Trustee Elizabeth Santos and I’m running for re-election.
I represent all District I communities. This is who I am and have always been as a teacher and lifelong resident of Northside and District 1. In the past four years I also became a mom. Finding the work-life balance that comes with the joy my son brings me and the honor of serving as an elected official has been a source of strength and insight.
I champion policies that make a difference for students, teachers, parents, support staff, and neighbors. In these difficult times, this has meant addressing basic questions of public health and democracy.
On August 12, I voted for HISD’s mask mandate. Austin doesn't determine our public health priorities in District 1. I will do everything I can to keep or kids and communities safe. I’ll also do all I can to stop the undemocratic HISD takeover grab from Austin. I trust our local voices and experiences
Despite the nightmare of the Covid 19 pandemic and the distractions from Austin, the HISD Board has not lost sight of the day-to-day work of education. We recently worked as a team to select Mr. Millard House as our new superintendent. I look forward to offering Superintendent House my full support.
I played an influential role in moving $30 million dollars from HISD’s top-heavy bureaucracy directly into classrooms; directing resources to our Special Education Department; and increasing teacher salaries. I am especially proud of taking the lead in a tough fight to provide the largest raise to support staff in HISD history. Every working person merits respect and fair wages.
The cornerstone of sound public policy is ethics. It would be easier for me to take money from vendors who do business with HISD. I didn’t take that money as a first time candidate four years ago and I won’t take it now as an incumbent. When I make a vote as an HISD Board member, I’m doing what I think is right.
I ask for your support as I run to continue working for you as HISD District I Trustee. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail.