The true test of a public servant’s dedication is how they respond to citizens seeking help who are not direct constituents.
Over a year ago, a group of parents gathered to urge Fort Worth ISD to be more proactive in identifying and remediating learning disabilities, namely dyslexia. Ashley Paz—who is not the trustee for my geographic area—took the time to attend that meeting.
In the months that followed, Ashley continued to monitor and support our efforts to help dyslexic students. She knew that any progress made on this front would benefit ALL FWISD students—not just the pupils in her particular district. When the time came to vote on FWISD’s budget, Ashley supported the additional funding for the district’s Dyslexia Services department.
This was progress that was so necessary—and so overdue—that it literally made front-page headlines:
Fort Worth school district puts focus, funding on dyslexia services
I won’t be able to cast a vote for Ashley Paz on May 6. (I’ll be choosing a candidate for nearby District 8.) But you can be certain that I will be a vocal supporter for her, urging citizens in District 9 to support her re-election.
~ Sarah Martinez