Eron Linn of Richardson has announced he will run for RISD school board to fill the Place 5 spot left vacant when Karen Holburn unexpectedly resigned. No one has yet filed to oppose Linn. The deadline to enter the race is February 27 and the election is May 9. The Place 5 seat will come up again the following May – this election will fill the unexpired 3-year term.
“In my eight years as a Richardson resident,” Linn told me, “I have made it a priority to learn as much as I can about our diverse community and the various opportunities to give back to my friends and neighbors. I have served in Richardson since 2009 on several boards and commissions. Most recently I served on the Richardson City Plan Commission.”
Linn, who visited the Lake Highlands Exchange Club Friday to introduce himself to members, completed Inside RISD, a year-long, behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the school district.
“I had an amazing experience going through the Inside RISD program. As a parent with three young children, the program provided me with insights I would not have otherwise received. Inside RISD made me confident that my children will receive a wonderful educational experience from some of the very best teachers and administrators in the state.”
Linn, whose children attend Yale Elementary, is also a Leadership Richardson graduate, where he served on the Public Education Committee.
“This experience provided me with the opportunity to get to know former RISD Trustee Karen Ellis,” continued Linn. “After talking to Karen about my desire to know more about the school where my children would most likely attend, she suggested I volunteer for Yale Elementary’s Local School Council. Serving on the LSC the past two years has been a very rewarding experience. As a result, I have built good relationships with the Yale staff, and I feel secure that my children are in a caring, collaborative learning environment.”
“I think my background on community boards has really provided me with a solid foundation that will complement the other trustees. I definitely do not approach this opportunity with a pre-set agenda. That said, I understand and appreciate that RISD isn’t perfect. I think there are always opportunities for improving any situation. I am very much looking forward to working with the other trustees, as well as Dr. Waggoner and her team, to make RISD the very best educational experience possible not only for my three children, but all 38,000 kids in the district.”
Linn currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and is on the Richardson Family YMCA Board of Directors. He and wife, Alyson, have 3 children: Everett (6), Harper (4) and Tyson (2). He graduated from Texas Tech University and is employed by DART as a Federal Relations Manager in the Government Relations Department.
Jean Bono from Lake Highlands is running to replace the retiring Adam Meierhofer in Place 1, and Kim Caston, board president, is expected to run again in Place 2. When Caston makes her announcement, and if candidates face opposition, we’ll let you know here on the blog.