Humble ISD has set an election for four positions on the board of trustees May 1. Here is the Tribune’s profile of Position 1. Four candidates have announced. They are Robert Sitton, Rebecca Tribo, William Epperson and Edgar Clayton.
Robert Sitton is a lifelong resident of the Humble area, graduating from Humble High School. Sitton started a career in finance with Morgan Stanley and eventually landed a spot at Edward Jones, where he has worked for the past 19 years. Sitton’s volunteer career include stints as chairman of the board for Kingwood Medical Center and the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I am currently serving my second term as Humble ISD board president. I have been in the trenches for the past 10 years, making tough decisions that affect all students, faculty, staff and taxpayers of Humble ISD,” he said.
“We have a great community, a great school district and a great group of trustees. When I ran in 2011, my basic premise was ‘I am passionate about education, passionate about kids and passionate about this community.’ Ten years later, that has not changed. We have maneuvered through countless challenges and not only survived, but thrived,” he said.
“I have the proven experience and leadership needed to continue the long-standing legacy of excellence that is Humble ISD. Service, commitment and passion for all is why I am proud to announce my candidacy for re-election to Position 1 of the Humble ISD Board of Trustees. My focus is on all children and facilities throughout the district, in addition to every family that calls Humble ISD home.”
William Epperson, a Humble native and a graduate of Humble High school, is also running for Position 1. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2019. He is currently preparing for the Texas bar exam and plans to pursue a legal career in corporate ethics and compliance.
“During my seven years as an AVID tutor with the district, I worked diligently with some amazing teachers in helping build critical thinking in our students to help prepare them for college. My students were extremely gifted and were leaders within their schools; however, a few struggled economically at home. I saw firsthand how this can impact educational outcomes and how it differed from campus to campus. I am running so that we do not forget about those students who are struggling economically,” he said.
Epperson feels he is the best candidate.
“I will be incredibly grateful for this opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me. I will dedicate my time to address student, teacher, and community needs that will ensure that our district provides an exceptional learning environment for all our children,” he said.
Rebecca Tribo is a lifelong resident of the Humble area. She attended Humble ISD for 12 years and has three children. Tribo is a hairstylist and she has worked in this field for 15 years.
Tribo specified her motivation for running for Position 1.
“I speak with people in this district every day, whether they be parents, employees or other interested parties. For a while now, many members of our community have not felt represented by the Humble ISD school board; I want to narrow the rift that exists between the Humble ISD board and the underrepresented,” said Tribo.
Tribo said her qualifications include active community service.
“I run the Lake Houston Advocacy Foundation, which aids underrepresented members of our local communities. At the LHAF, we have worked through some of the most urgent times in our community’s recent history, including the key months of the pandemic. I am eyeing to continue serving the community through this role.”
Tribo concluded that she is running to “represent everyone in the district.” Her campaign logo is ‘For Everyone.’
Edgar Clayton is employed as a deputy constable for Fort Bend County Constable Precinct Four. He holds a master peace officer license and has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Clayton has an extensive education; he graduated with two master’s degrees from Prairie View A&M in counseling and in human sciences and two bachelor degrees from University of Houston-Downtown in interdisciplinary studies and safety management. Clayton is serving on the board of Harris County MUD No. 400. He and his wife, Laquesia, have two children and have lived in Humble ISD for more than 10 years.
“Since COVID-19 has affected our community, I have seen a lot of changes in the district. School leaders and board members were put under a microscope as to all the decisions that were made for our district. The decisions that were made, however, often put members of our community on notice.
“I do not feel as though members of our community had enough input in the board’s recent decisions. People need a voice on the board, and I hope to provide this voice for the parents and children of Humble ISD,” he said.
“Voters should vote for me to ensure that they will be represented on all issues concerning students, employees, and school district enhancement.
“A vote for me is a vote for transparency.”
The election is May 1.