PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

May 11, 2013

Reid, Thomas win seats on PAISD board

Erinn Callahan
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Robert Reid and Tracy Thomas will take their seats on the Port Arthur Independent School District board of trustees.

Of the 3,305 votes cast, Reid claimed 26.4 percent with 1,306 votes. Thomas received 1,065 votes for 21.5 percent.

A Port Arthur native and Thomas Jefferson High School graduate, Reid obtained his bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), and his master’s degree in education administration from Lamar University. He is assistant principal of academic affairs at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont.

“I’m pleased and I’m grateful,” said Reid, 47. “I am thankful to the Port Arthur Teachers Association, everyone who helped on my campaign, my best friend — my wife, Mary Ann — and my children, Chelsea, Kyle, Reese and Jessica.”

Thomas, a Port Arthur native and Lincoln High School graduate, obtained her associate’s degree in business administration after spending eight years in the United States Air Force. She works in the environmental health department at Motiva.

“I want to thank God, my family — my husband, especially — and everyone who voted for me,” said Thomas, 37. “The children have a voice. I will work diligently for them.”

Reid and Thomas are excited to participate in the selection of the district’s next superintendent.

“I wanted to be part of that group of seven that is going to help bring new leadership and new vision to the district,” Reid said.

“We need to get the right leadership in line,” Thomas added. “I want everyone to be held accountable, including myself.”

Anthony McDaniel came in third with 712 votes for 14.4 percent. Incumbent Theo Victor, Jr., received 653 votes, for 13.2 percent. Next was former trustee Julia Samuels, with 645 votes, or 13 percent. Regina Drake received 571 votes for 11.5 percent.

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