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Wondering who will be on the ballot this year? Want to know more about the candidates? We bring to you the local candidates for 2021. All candidates are listed in ballot order.

Early voting:
April 19 - 23 | Monday - Friday | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April 24 | Saturday | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April 25 | Sunday | 1- 6 p.m.
April 26 - 27 | Monday - Tuesday | 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Election: May 1, 2021

Listen to their views on Garland with the recording of the 2021 Candidates Forum below.



Garland City Council

Mayoral Candidates

Scott LeMay (incumbent)

After serving three consecutive terms as District 7 Council member, Mayor Scott LeMay was elected to his first term on May 4, 2019.

Scott and his wife, Tiffany, have three daughters: Caitlyn and twins, Morgan and Reagan. Scott has worked for The Container Store for 31 years and designs layouts for their stores across the nation.

The LeMays moved to Garland in 2001 when they purchased their first home. They chose Garland because they wanted an established neighborhood with quiet streets and trees that were taller than the houses. The LeMays moved into the Camelot neighborhood and became involved in the Camelot Neighborhood Association. Scott and Tiffany have both served on the Camelot board and are still active members.

Scott’s neighborhood service inspired him to get involved with city government. He was appointed to the 2007 Charter Review Committee and to the Garland Plan Commission from 2007 to 2013. His goals are to increase public awareness of and participation in city government. He feels it’s his duty to encourage and foster future leaders in Garland. 
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Roel Garcia

My name is Roel Garcia, currently I am an educator/instructor in Richardson Independent School District specializing in special education.  I have lived in Garland, TX since 1964.  I have seen our city go through many changes and developments and I want to help Garland to grow into an even stronger city.  Listening to my mother talk about how her dad, my grandfather, ran for Nueces County Drainage commissioner in South Texas to help his county has inspired me to run for the office of mayor in Garland, Texas.
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District 1

John Grimley

I was raised in Paris, Texas. Upon graduating High School, I joined the USAF as an active-duty member. While in the service I graduated from UTSA with a degree in computer science. I am currently working for a natural gas company named Energy Transfer and a Sr IT manager. Up until last October I was president of my communities HOA and learned a lot about community giving and what it means to serve in the community I live in. in 2015 I completed RCIA classes and was confirmed at Good Sheppard Catholic Church. My wife Liz and I have been married for 13 years and have a 12-year-old son named Breydan. My family and I enjoy giving back and helping others and have worked with food banks, nursing homes and laying wreaths in Arlington cemetery. I know serving as a councilman is more than just my district and will do my best to serve all communities as best I can.
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Angie Whitney

Today, Angie owns TrainerAngie.com a Bi-lingual Leadership/Customer Service/Safety Training organization. She loves training front line employees and leaders to take on Leadership roles and coaching them in their new roles. At the City of Garland, she developed the Managing Lead program and the Customer Service program (SERVE). She has also trained many Galrand companies including: Epiroc, Mapei, General Dynamics, Garrett Metal Detectors, Sherwin Williams, Micropac, DAP, to name a few.
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Jeff Bass

I attended Brookhaven College and UTD. In addition to operating multiple restaurants, my work experience includes mortgage banking, operations management, as well as owning and managing multiple residential investment properties.

Owning my own business has opened opportunities for me to grow and become a better steward. I love being a part of my community and the city of Garland and its citizens make it a joy to be involved.

I sat on the board of the Garland Chamber of Commerce (2017-2020), I am a graduate of Leadership Garland (2015), since chairing multiple committees (2015-present), I am a current board member for Garland Citizens Fire Club (2018-present), I sat on the advisory board for GISD Global Business Initiative (2015-2016), I served on the board for Habitat for Humanity (2016-2017), and I am on the board for Garland Economic Development Steering Committee (2108-present)
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District 3

Ed Moore

I am Ed Moore. My wife, Dianne, and I have lived in South Garland for 17 years. I own and operate several small businesses here in Garland, Ed Moore Insurance – Risk Management Solutions and Order Up Catering. I am currently president of my HOA, Emerald Lake Estates Homeowners Association. I attend and serve as a discipleship pastor in my home church, St. Luke Community United Methodist. I am a Military Veteran who was honorably discharged with 3 years of service. I have functioned as a community servant leader in a variety of leadership roles over the past 15 years.

  • I love public service and being involved in my community. That's an intangible, but it really does matter to bring energy and enthusiasm to the job along with ideas and experience. I'm not just saying I love service, either. I love the results that service brings. I have walked the walk.
  • I’ve served on the Garland Multicultural Commission.
  • I went through the Garland Citizens Police Academy.
  • I project managed the Mosaic Festival. Kids BBQ Cookout and Noon Exchange Leadership Appreciation Dinner.
  • My vocation as a pastor is all about listening and caring.
  • As a businessperson I understand "customer service" and how critical service is to our "customers," who are the citizens of Garland.
  • Accessibility is important. When people call, they want a response.

I am running for District 3, Garland City Council and would appreciate your vote.

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Angela Graham West

My full name is Angela Graham West.  I am running in Garland, District 3. A short demographic about me is this:  I have a PhD, Kansas State University; MBA, Long Island University and BS Kansas State University.   I have done logistical  and financial feasibility studies for Lowes; Home Depot and Walmart, these studies were to determine new locations in rural areas and served on the faculty of Kansas State University for 7 years attaining the rank of Assistant Professor of Business after being awarded my Ph.D.  I have published several articles and presentations travelling to Europe and South America for the in-person presentations.   I have held a number of leadership positions in New York; Florida; and Texas and consultation contracts with Public Service Enterprises;  Bristol-Myers Squibb/Clairol; First Command Financial Services; Allstate; Raymond James Financial; Oppenheimer; and now LPL Wealth Management where  I manage greater than 30 million dollars in assets, an (in) active member of the NFLPA - the financial management arm of the NFL.  My clients are from across the USA as well as South Africa and Germany.  A delightful group of people who I enjoy very much.

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PC Mathews

PC has exemplified his love for the community through many different mediums from directing a documentary to decrease environmental pollution to organizing blood drives through Carter Blood Care. It is his goal to be of service to those around him to the best of his abilities. He formerly worked with the US Army Corps Of Engineers’ MEAPO Office at the Construction of Shaikh Isa Military Airbase during Gulf War in 1990s.

The primary mission of PC Mathew is to make Garland better than ever before. From building houses for the poor in India, to organizing meals for the homeless in Downtown Dallas, his genuine care for a better community is limitless. The country he hails from (India) is known as “God’s own country” and he believes that the place we all live in is “God’s own Garland”. His leadership and vision will get us there.
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Vicki High

Dr. Vicki High is a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She is a candidate for the District 3 Council seat.  As a former educator in Garland ISD in charge of students and staff, she is passionate about ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion for all citizens. She has a lot of related experience that transfers seamlessly into the role of a city council member. Her knowledge allows her to advocate for your concerns regarding the availability of affordable housing, traffic, road conditions, access to public transportation, availability of jobs, and quality of K-12 schools, to name a few. Dr. High desires to represent all citizens, just as she has represented all children.  She is in it, to win it for the people, not for the position. 
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District 6

Robert Vera (incumbent / unopposed)

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District 7

Dylan Hedrick (incumbent / unopposed)

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District 8

Robert John Smith (incumbent / unopposed)

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Garland ISD Board of Trustees

Place 4


Jed Reed

I am running to return to the Garland ISD Board of Trustees to provide guidance in the development of a post-pandemic restart of a safe 2021-2022 face-to-face school year that must address the “COVID 19” slide in the educational achievement of our students. My experience as an educator and as a former board member will allow me to immediately begin to provide experienced based input into the development of what I believe must be a multiyear plan specifically focusing on key transitional parts of our Pre-K -12 structure.  My understanding of the budgetary process of school finance is a complementary skill set that will support the district in addressing budgetary impacts that may come from any changes set forth by the current session of the state legislature and the reductions of local revenues because of the TRE election in November. My key focus is the success of our students on an individual basis.  We must take them from where they are individually and move them to the expected performance level that is expected by TEA and our local community.  All other items and actions can only be address through the lens of student success.

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Daphne Stanley

I am Daphne Stanley, and I am running for the open seat, Place 4 of the Garland Independent School District.  My efforts as a board member will be focused towards bringing an understanding of how our school programs are decided, how the financial structure of the district works, and how the bond and School Taxes are spent on the children and Staff of our district. 

I have raised two young men through both the public and private school systems and now have the opportunity to help raise my granddaughter in the GISD. These experiences have prepared and motivated me to want more for our younger generation.

The School Board is responsible for keeping harmony throughout the District and the Community that supports us- including those that do not have children in our district but are needed to help fund us. I want parents and staff to be a part of the decisions and not just the ones that have to live out the consequences.

I have lived in Garland for the last 9 year. I served 1 year on the Garland Parks Board, I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Garland Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors for the Garland Park Foundation. My husband served on the Garland City Council for 4 years and I have come to love the community that I have had the privilege to become a part of and I am prepared and ready to serve on the Garland Independent School District School Board. 
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David Larrick Smith

David Larrick Smith is a former classroom teacher who transitioned to the private sector. He is currently a business development consultant, education advocate, and community activist. He is running for Place 4 on the GISD School Board.
"As an engaged citizen, voter, and taxpayer, I am running because I accept my civic duty to be a part of an education community that focuses on creating critical thinking fully functional citizens that can enter the world and make valuable contributions to society and the marketplace, through: entrepreneurialism, college, career, or military readiness.” - David Larrick Smith.

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Place 6

Robert Selders (incumbent)

Qualifications: 

  • Over 5 years of experience in school board service
  • Texas Association of School Boards (Master Trustee)
  • Center of Reform of School Systems (Fellow)
  • Council of Urban Boards of Education
  • Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members
  • North Texas Area Association of School Boards (Treasurer)
  • Parent Co-Chair of GISD Student Health Advisory Council (2009-2015)

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Bob Duckworth

Duckworth for GISD Trustee Place 6

Served the Garland community for almost 50 years in the Garland banking community

Started career in 1962 at the First National Bank in Downtown Garland

Education: SMU - Southwestern Graduate School of Banking

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Place 7

Wesley Johnson

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