MIDLOTHIAN — Long-time Midlothian resident and businesswoman Tami Tobey has announced her candidacy for Place 6 on the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees.

Tom Coleman, who has served with Tobey on the Midlothian Community Development Corporation, recently endorsed Tobey for her visionary leadership and willingness to listen to the community.

A Baylor University graduate with a degree in business finance, Tobey served on the Midlothian ISD Education Foundation board as president and in other leadership roles. She also served as president and vice president of the Midlothian Community Development Corp., during her years as a board member from 2007-2016. She has been active with the American Business Women’s Association and Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.

Her recognitions and awards include the 2015 Gene Rodgers Community Service Award, the Midlothian Chamber’s 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award and ABWA’s Business Woman of the Year in 1999 and 2002.

Tobey and her husband, Tim, are familiar faces in the Midlothian community. The couple moved from Waco to Midlothian in 1997 to establish their State Farm Insurance Agency and have been active members of the community since that time.

“Together, we have served our loyal customers from our Midlothian Main Street location for nearly 20 years,” Tobey said.

Tobey is also principal owner of E. T. Tobey Company, a rustic-chic furniture and home decor store she opened in Midlothian in December 2015.

Tobey’s four children attend Midlothian ISD schools. Tyler, a senior, and Tanner, a junior, attend Midlothian High School while twins Trevor and Taylor are seventh-graders at Frank Seale Middle School.

“I have been involved in the education of my kids as closely as the public education system would allow since even before they were enrolled in MISD,” Tobey said.

In addition to the Education Foundation, Tobey has logged countless hours in parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs across multiple campuses. The school board has invited her to serve on the growth management and comprehensive plan studies for MISD and, most recently, on the 2015-2016 strategic planning team.

Tobey is complimentary of the progress MISD has made, but believes there is always room for improvement.

“Midlothian is experiencing exponential development and growth, and it is more than apparent that many of the challenges the school board faced in the past will differ greatly from the challenges of the future,” said Tobey. “With these new and larger challenges, our school board must adhere to fiscal accountability and administrative transparency. Change in our community is inevitable, but by balancing the education of our students, the concerns of our teachers, and the needs of our administration, we can create a foundation for responsible change and a promising future.”

Known for her enthusiastic work ethic, sense of integrity and genuine commitment to the Midlothian community, Tobey intends to invest her trademark energy and passion into her school board responsibilities.

She envisions conserving taxpayer dollars while setting expectations for sensible curriculum development and retaining and supporting the best educators possible.

Currently, accelerated growth, rezoning plans and technology initiatives are hot-button topics in the evolving Midlothian community.

“The vitality of our schools is the cornerstone of our community and I want to be a part of that climate,” Tobey said. “I have felt called to serve as a board member for several years and have transitioned from serving our community in other capacities to answer that call.”

Tobey said she believes solid relationships are key to generating effective collaboration, positive change and optimal results.

Cindy Williams, who served as MISD trustee for 15 years, said Tobey’s successful track record with the community and school district would be a tremendous asset to the school board.

"Having had the privilege to serve on the Board of MISD for 15 years, I understand the demands and challenges of a school trustee,” Williams said. “The role requires abilities such as active listening, an open mind, dependability, a passion for serving others and integrity – for naming just a few. I have personally seen all these qualities in Tami as she serves our schools and our community. Tami's passion that every child has a great education is authentic, demonstrated by her years of service to our schools and the Midlothian Education Foundation. I wholeheartedly endorse Tami for MISD Trustee Place 6 without any reservations."

Tobey believes her business background, community development experience and position as an MISD parent grant her a unique ability to serve as an advocate for the district. If elected, Tobey pledges to engage students, empower teachers and ensure a bright future.

“My first plan of action is to listen,” said Tobey. “I will listen to the front lines – the students, teachers and taxpayers. They are truly the customers that our district serves. I will work diligently to keep us a safe and superior district. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple.”

Early voting begins April 24 – 28 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and again May 1 and 2 from 7 am. – 7 p.m. Election Day is Saturday, May 6 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Locations will be listed closer to election time.