Editor’s note: Candidates were asked to provide information about themselves in 200-250 words. Their responses appear here as submitted without editing or revision.

Early Voting

AISD Administration Building

April 30-May 8, M-F

8 a.m- 4 p.m.

Election Day

AISD Admin. Building

Saturday, May 12

7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Paula Hardee

Before becoming a Realtor, I was always known as Lauren’s mom, Bekah’s mom, Abby’s mom or Joseph’s mom.

For those of you who don’t know me by name, I am Paula Hardee, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Bob King Realty and AISD School Board Candidate.

Am I a qualified candidate?

The 2007 Guide for School Board Candidates says you must meet the following qualifications: A U.S. Citizen.

I’m proud to say I was born and raised in the USA. You must be 18 years or older at the start date of the term of service. It’s never nice to ask a lady her age so we’ll just say I’m exceeding in this area.

You must have been a resident of the district for six months before the filing deadline. I have lived in Alvarado ISD since 1987.

You must be a resident of the state for 12 months before the filing deadline. I’m proud to have always been a Texan.

And you must be a qualified voter. I registered to vote at the age of 18.

In addition to those mandated qualifications, what more qualifications could you have than to have had four children attend various campuses throughout the past 17 years?

Why am I a candidate? I am a candidate for AISD school board trustee to be a voice for my children and for yours.

The 2007 Guide for School Board Candidates says “the school board is to lead in setting educational goals for the school system. A member of the local school board is a guardian of the public trust and, along with his or her fellow board members, is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of local public education.”

These two issues, as well as many others are very important to me and to our children’s success.

Should you care? Yes. Our children are the future of tomorrow…will we produce a president? A judge? A teacher? A scientist? If not, why not? Again, their success depends on our school board.

I would consider it a great honor to represent your children’s future as a member of the Alvarado ISD School Board.

David Jusiewicz

David Jusiewicz, a United States Navy veteran and Alvarado businessman, has announced his candidacy for the Alvarado Independent School District Board of Trustees, Place 1.

Jusiewicz is the president of Lone Star Heroes Inc., the parent company of Cero’s Heros, a delicatessen now in its 37th year of operation, located in Grapevine, Texas, and the Alvarado House Restaurant, a full service, family-oriented restaurant in Alvarado. He is also a member of the Alvarado Chamber of Commerce.

Jusiewicz has a strong appreciation for the value of an education. He returned to school at the age of 45 to complete his college degree. After attending Tarrant County College, he graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Texas in Denton with a degree in criminal justice/criminology and then continued on to the University of Texas at Arlington, for the masters program in criminal justice/criminology.

Jusiewicz is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Society, Inc., a scholastic honor society, and Alpha Phi Sigma, a criminal justice honor society. He was formerly the training coordinator of the Mansfield Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. He is also a certified Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) instructor.

In March, 2006, Jusiewicz was a panelist and speaker at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, where he presented the paper, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design: Crime Free Multi-Housing in Arlington, Texas.

Jusiewicz, married to his wife Pam, has three children - Christopher, a degreed registered nurse who is the cardiac intensive care manager at the University of Massachusetts Hospital in Worchester, Massachusetts; Erin, the director of pre-school at Firewheel Bible Church in Garland; and Jonathan, a recent criminal justice/criminology graduate of the University of North Texas, where he was an offensive lineman for the UNT football team; four step-children - Rachel, a housewife; Scarlet, recently received a degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington and works for an area medical supply company; Miriam, attends Tarrant County College and works as a loan processor for a private financial institution, and Aubrey, manager of Cero’s Heros; and five grandchildren - Sara age 7, Alexis , age 5, Kendall age 5, Reagan age 2, and Andrew, 1.

Jusiewicz believes that he can serve the Alvarado ISD as a trustee because he is self-motivated with strong planning, organizational, leadership and communications skills, and will be able to effectively interact with the diverse populations of students, parents, faculty and administrators to ensure the finest opportunity for quality education in the Alvarado Independent School District.

Please vote on Saturday, May 12, and elect David Jusiewicz as Alvarado Independent School District trustee, place 1.