Rolando Iseas Cruz officially filed on February 15 to run for election to the Humble ISD Board of Trustees for Position 1. Cruz plans to run against incumbent Robert Sitton.

Cruz originally planned to run for Position 5, yet today changed his filing to run for Position 1.

Like Sitton, Cruz, 27, grew up in the Humble ISD area and is a graduate of Humble High School; he currently attends University of Houston and is scheduled to graduate in December 2017. Cruz explained that since he is nearing graduation, he has been contemplating how he can give back to the Humble community he loves; a friend of his is running for Congress, and that prompted him to run for a Trustee position.

When asked about challenging Sitton, Cruz said “I am 100% aware of Mr. Sitton’s background and family roots in Humble. I respect his work and his contributions to the community. I just feel that the board needs a more diverse frame of thought to represent the community at large, and I would love the opportunity to serve as a Trustee,” Cruz said.

Cruz explained that he has had many conversations with teachers, who want to see certain changes enacted in the district. These conversations helped him decide to toss his hat in the ring. “We need someone like me who is very strong-willed and who will communicate effectively with the community on changes that are happening within our schools,” said Cruz.

 

Cruz states that he is an avid supporter of the arts and athletics. He spends time volunteering for visual arts camps designed for kids on the autism spectrum, and is very excited about the adaptive sports complex being built in The Groves. Cruz has a sibling with special needs. “I believe our board needs a larger area of focus. There are many kids who are marginalized in our district, like special needs kids, foster care children, and many others. We need to do a better job to ensure these kids are not marginalized, and that every tax dollar we spend is effective not only for the child, but also provides a good return on investment for the community.”