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April 28, 2013

Q&A: Three candidates vie for two Millsap ISD seats

Two seats are up for election this May on the Millsap ISD school board. Seeking re-election are incumbents Tommy Lucia and Jerry Walker, with Timothy Kukuk hoping to win one of the seats. The two candidates with the most votes win. A candidates’ forum is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Millsap ISD Elementary School cafeteria. Here is a look at the candidates:

Name: Tommy Joe Lucia

Age: 44

Occupation: CEO of three entertainment companies including Transit Image LLC (a mobile LED video screen company), Piranha Productions Inc. (a full-service event management and production company); and World Toughest Rodeo (the largest indoor rodeo series in the nation).

Family: married for 20 years to Donna Kruger Lucia, a MISD graduate. Eldest son is Chase Lucia, also a MISD graduate who currently attends Texas A&M pursuing the ocean engineering field. Youngest son is Nick Lucia, currently a freshman, honors student and athlete at MISD.

Why are you running for school board?

I wanted to educate myself and assist in the fiduciary and policy decisions for a district that my entire family has or will graduate from. I am a Bulldog through and through. I am proud of the work our board has done since I was elected, and would like to continue to grow the opportunities for the youth of our community.

Any prior experience running for office?

I am currently serving on the MISD school board.

Are there any changes you’d like to see implemented if you serve?

I will continue to monitor the serious issues associated with the misappropriation of state funding as it relates to the Texas school districts and push for amendments that will allow MISD to have the same funding per student as those other schools in our area. I will diligently work with the current board to continue the fantastic momentum that Dr. Belding, the MISD administration and teaching staff have accomplished.

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