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Stefan Modrich

If you’re weary about election fatigue after the first quarter of 2021 and the slog of a year that was 2020, you’re not alone. 

While COVID-19 cases continue to plummet as the number of shots in arms increases, there is still plenty of anxiety as we look to get over the hump and out of the woods for good. 

But beyond that, there’s been a lot going on this spring that we’ve been following since before the start of the new year. 

For those of you who value local control and having a say and a direct impact in choosing who will participate in meetings as an elected official at your city council or school board meetings, this is your time to shine. 

Missouri City voters have a series of ballot propositions to decide on, including a potential increase of term lengths from two years to four and whether to place a limit of three consecutive terms. 

It’s not my place to sway you to vote for specific policy positions, though our election coverage breaks down the most important issues facing Fort Bend ISD voters. We previously covered the Stafford MSD field of candidates and Stafford City Council race.

The other day, I had an engaging and thoughtful conversation with Sherman Batiste, an Elkins High School teacher who was recently awarded by Fort Bend ISD as its Secondary Teacher of the Year. We reported that good news on the front of this week’s paper.  

I would only add that Batiste, a Louisiana transplant-turned Marshall graduate who overcame the trauma of fleeing New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and also cleaned up his act after being suspended from school, is a great example of the type of teacher we should empower in all of our local schools. Our systems should be optimized in the best way to make it most effective for them to do their jobs. 

Batiste repeated the famous Mahathma Gandhi saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” as one of the driving forces that helped him turn around his life. And he comes to work feeling so grateful for the opportunities he has to educate and coach on the Elkins Knights football team that sometimes, it doesn’t feel like work to him. 

This is the spirit of public service at its best, whether it comes from an elected official or not. 

And over the course of listening to our candidates engage in constructive, civil and thoughtful discussions about the future of the entities they govern and how to work with the many stakeholders they serve to solve incredibly difficult challenges, it gave me a sense of renewed optimism.

Based on the responses given most often by candidates, those running for office seem to think that people with a variety of backgrounds and skillsets to solve problems like the COVID-19 pandemic and economic disruption, and a penchant for innovation, have what it takes to succeed in the roles they hope to attain. 

And it seems, too, that many of you voters who have been listening and watching attentively have been eager to weigh in on topics that are of great interest to you, your children, your friends and your neighbors. 

You can make your voice heard during the early voting period from April 19-27 or on Election Day, which is May 1. 

But we also will be looking to continue connecting with you. Drop us a line at editor@fortbendstar.com or DM us @FortBendStar on Twitter and Facebook.

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