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2021 School Board Candidate Forum

HISD Board of Education elections will be held on November 2, 2021. The seats for Districts I, V, VI, VII, and IX are up for election. Houston GPS is hosting a public forum for all candidates in these races. The forum will allow the public to hear more about each candidate and their positions on issues that are pressing in HISD. Following the forum, Houston GPS members who joined by August 1, 2021, will be eligible to vote in our endorsement process. Learn more about our membership to find out how you can participate.


The following candidates have filed for the ballot. The application process closed on August 16, 2021, and all candidates have been invited to participate. Candidates who have confirmed their attendance are marked with an asterisk.


District I

Matias Kopinsky*

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District I

Janette Garza Lindner*

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District I

Elizabeth Santos*


District V

Dr. Maria Benzon*

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District V

Sue Deigaard*

Caroline Walter

District V

Caroline Walter*


District VI

Dr. Kendall Baker*

Gregory Degeyter

District VI

Gregory Degeyter*


District VI

Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca Ocampo*

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District VII

Judge Dwight Jefferson*

Anne Sung

District VII

Anne Sung*

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District VII

Bridget Wade


District VII

Mac Walker*

Myrna Guidry

District IX

Myrna Guidry*

Gerry Monroe

District IX

Gerry Monroe*

Joshua Rosales

District IX

Joshua Rosales*

Candidate Forum

Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion

at the McGovern Centennial Gardens

1500 Hermann Dr., Houston, 77004
August 26, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Who is invited?

The forum is open to the public and free to attend but seating is limited. Some seats will be set aside for Houston GPS members, but they are also available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

All candidates for the November 2, 2021 HISD school board elections have been invited to attend. Please see above for those who have confirmed attendance. 

When will endorsements be announced?

Endorsements will be publically announced the week following our forum. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss the announcement.

What precautions are you taking for COVID-19?

Our main priority is to keep everyone as safe as possible. Our venue is open-air and seating will be spaced out. Depending on the weather, there will also be patio space available for those wishing to fully social distance.

We ask that only those who are fully vaccinated attend and we strongly recommend attendees wear masks at all times. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available.

For those who are not vaccinated or otherwise at a higher risk for COVID-19, please email us at [email protected] and we can discuss accommodations.