Linda Mitchell Duran will be administered the oath of office Monday night as the newest member of the Rockwall Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.

Duran was victorious in the three-candidate race for the Place 3 position on the board.

She received 2,256 votes (48.98 percent). Brian Young was 201 votes behind Duran with 2.055 (44.62 percent) and Daniel Fuqua received 295 (6.40 percent).

There will be no runoff.

Craig Zurek, the current Place 3 representative, did not seek re-election.

Chris Cuny of Place 1 and Russ Childers of Place 2 were unopposed in their re-election bids.

The three will be sworn-in during the school board’s Monday night meeting.

Duran, a lifelong resident of Rockwall, is a retired educator who worked as a teacher and counselor for 35 years — pre-K through college level.  For 23 of those years, she was a Rockwall High School academic guidance counselor.

In 2001, she became managing partner for her family’s business, Mitchell Property and Investments, Now, Duran is working with The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children as a certified trainer and consultant where she has authored an online course for the certification of trauma and loss specialists.

In her career as an educator, Duran said after her election victory, she has “touched the lives of a lot of people and I plan to touch a lot more.”

A priority as a board member, she said, will be teacher pay.

Duran said she will speak up and ask questions in an attempt to “do as much as we can for teachers without hurting our budget.”


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