Chris Poteet and family

For years in Lake Highlands, Chris Poteet has been known as a leader in the Exchange Club and other community organizations. This morning he announced he’s on the ballot to become a Richardson ISD trustee.

Poteet, who served on the RISD Steering Committee for this year’s proposed bond, was also part of the district’s Strategic Action Team in 2019 and the Program Planning Committee which helped design the expansion at Lake Highlands High. He earned the Blake Anderson Public Service Award for volunteerism in District 10 and currently serves on the Leadership Programs Council of the Dallas Regional Chamber.

“Richardson ISD means so much to my family,” shared Poteet. “My two children, Avery and Caleb, both attend RISD schools and I have seen firsthand the incredible progress our schools have made, as well as the challenges we continue to face. I am running to ensure our schools continue to improve the level of education and opportunities they provide to all kids. I will provide RISD families and taxpayers accessible leadership and will prioritize our students above all else.”

Poteet and his wife, Kristi, are involved parents at Moss Haven Elementary and Forest Meadow Junior High. Among those already pledging support for Poteet are former city councilman Alan Walne and former RISD president Justin Bono.

“Chris Poteet is a highly-qualified public servant with a history of making a difference in our schools and community,” said Walne. “I know Chris will be an excellent addition to the board and a tremendous advocate for our students and families.”

“My work on the 2021 Richardson ISD Bond Committee gave me unparalleled insight into the needs of our schools throughout the district,” said Poteet. “As your trustee, I will focus on improving and supporting our campuses and expanding our innovative programs that are increasing student achievement while ensuring that our tax dollars are spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Richardson City Councilman Steve Mitchell has also filed to run in the at-large District 7 spot currently held by Lake Highlands’ Jean Bono. Bono announced she won’t seek a third term on the board.

“I am grateful to Trustee Jean Bono for her years of service and contributions to the success of our schools,” said Poteet. “I look forward to following in her footsteps.”

Poteet had praise, too, for Kim Caston, another long-serving trustee who won’t be running again.

“I am also grateful for the years of dedicated service Trustee Kim Caston has given to our district. While I’m sure a qualified, dedicated candidate will replace her, there is no replacing Kim and the level of detail and knowledge she applied to the benefit of all students in RISD.”

The deadline for candidates to be included on the ballot is Feb. 12. Election Day is May 1.

Update: Steve Mitchell withdrew from the race, and Amanda Clair, Blake Sawyer, Nicole Foster, Eric Stengel, Nick LaGrassa and Gavin Haynes filed to run in District 7.