Two seats on Arlington school board will be up for grabs in May election

01/21/2014 2:38 PM

01/21/2014 2:39 PM

The race for two seats on the Arlington school board officially starts Wednesday, the first day on which candidates can file to run in the May 10 election.

The terms of board President Bowie Hogg and Trustee Tony Pompa expire in May. Hogg said he doesn’t plan to give up his seat and already has his election website up and running.

“This position is one of the most thankless positions out there,” Hogg, 35, said. “I’d be the first to say I’ve sacrificed some friendships and some of my own free time. It does take a lot of my nights and weekends, but there is nothing more exciting, and there is nothing I’d rather do more.”

The boisterous Hogg was elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. He became president in June.

All Arlington school board seats are at-large. Trustees choose their officers after the election.

After two years of serving on the school board, Pompa, 42, is leaving to seek another seat — one that could take him from Arlington to Austin.

Pompa is running in the Republican primary for state Sen. Wendy Davis’ District 10 seat, while Davis, a Democrat, is running for governor.

Senate District 10 includes Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Colleyville and other areas of south and Northeast Tarrant County.

“I hesitated because I really value my experience and time here,” Pompa said of leaving the school board. “It has been just a fantastic experience to really rev up a school district that was just humming along. We [trustees] wanted to stop being just good enough. We said we wanted to be the best.”

Pompa, who was brought to this country from Mexico by his mom when he was 11, is the founder and CEO of General Assembly, a nationwide merchandising organization located in Arlington.

Pompa said the person who fills his position will have to be extremely dedicated, so much so that he or she will spend 20-30 hours a week on the district to be a “good steward.”

But, it’s rewarding nevertheless, he said.

Hogg is the human resources outsourcing executive for the southern region with Aon Hewitt, a insurance broker and risk consultant firm with headquarters in Chicago.

“Really I think we have a very strong board and a good team that works together,” Hogg said. “We are fulfilling our strategic plan. We need to make sure the plan is implemented and the next plan is created.”

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 28, and early voting will begin April 28.

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