Patricia “Pat” Hardy, the Republican incumbent for Texas State Board of Education’s District 11, is seeking reelection for her fourth term in office.
The 63-year-old is a part-time staff development coordinator in Weatherford Independent School District and member of the Board of Education School Finance/Permanent School Fund Committee, according to her biography on the Texas State Directory website. She previously taught geography for 30 years in Fort Worth, participated in Fulbright Seminar Abroad programs and served on many state and national education boards.
District 11 comprises of all of Ellis, Johnson and Parker counties and parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties. From the data on the Texas Freedom Network, the areas District 11 covers in Parker, Tarrant and Dallas counties has two-thirds of its population categorized as Anglo, followed by 18 percent Hispanic. The district, according to the website, is “heavily Republican” and has been led by Hardy since 2002.
Outside of her involvement in District 11, Hardy voted in May 2010 for a new social studies curriculum in Texas schools, which required topics covering “Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers,” according to an article in the Huffington Post.
One of her more recent statements regarding education was her opposing stance to No Child Left Behind, according to an Aug. 26 article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Hardy was uncontested in the Republican primary election held in late May 2012. Her only competition in the general election is Jason Darr, a libertarian candidate.
Hardy has not received any campaign funds during 2012 and has only spent the $300 required to be on the ballot for the State Board of Education election, according to political expenditure files on the Texas Ethics Commission website. As of Oct. 1, she has nearly $4,000 of contributions.
Hardy agreed to an interview but did not return later phone calls or emails regarding the interview before the Nov. 6 election.
For more information about the District 11 boundaries and overview, click on the following links:
State Board of Education District 11 Boundaries: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/districts/sboe/11/
State Board of Education District 11 Overview: http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/D11final.pdf