Dublin ISD does not have a shortage of candidates for the upcoming school board election. At last call - Monday's 5 p.m. filing deadline - nine individuals had submitted applications to fill only two seats on DISD's board of trustees.
In addition to the more than $5 million bond package, voters will be asked to narrow the nine candidates down to two trustees.
Mike Jurney and Adrianne Fails - who currently hold the positions up for election - both filed for another term.
Jurney, a financial advisor and long-time board member, is no stranger to budgets and finance. He announced his intention to seek another term earlier this month. Jurney has served as a Dublin trustee for 21 years.
Fails is a technology assistant within the Stephenville Independent School District and has served on the board for one term.
The incumbents will face challengers Travis Barnes, Jeff Weaver, Erica Gomez, Brenda Gilman, Don Keith, Gloria Gonzalez and Carol Bagley.
Weaver said he wants to address financial issues within the district. He said school finance is a constant struggle, and he is ready to tackle looming funding issues after the current legislative session.
"This is a very difficult time for schools, finance is a big thing," Weaver said.
Weaver also represents DISD and the city of Dublin on the Erath County Appraisal District board of directors and has served two terms as a Dublin city councilman.
Bagley, who is retired, wants to bring new ideas to the table and foster better fiscal responsibility across the district. She also promotes free and open discussion and thoughtful consideration among the board before making decisions.
"We need new people who will look out for the taxpayers - and the students," Bagley said. "The board also needs to consider all aspects and implications of a decision before casting their vote."
Barnes has previously served the district as a trustee and hopes to sit on the board once again.
"My biggest concern is listening to the needs of the students and staff and making sure their needs are met," said Barnes.
Barnes also wants to ensure DISD maintains the current reserve funds in the wake of looming education funding shortfalls.
"I feel like the hard times we are having in education are just the begining," Barnes said. "We need to save as much as we can now to preserve our programs in the future."
Keith served on the board for six years and was board president until he was ousted in May 2010. He could not be reached for comment on the upcoming election.
Calls to Gomez, Gilman and Gonzalez were are also not returned as of press time.