MISD Place 1 candidate questionnaire: Develda Edgington
Midlothian ISD candidate Develda Edgington answers questions for the May 1 election
Name: Develda Edgington
Current profession: Psychological Marketing
Elected office sought: Midlothian School Board Trustee Place 1
Previous political experience: I have not run for a political public or private office in the past.
Family: I met my husband Brian over 20 years ago while both serving the US Navy in Whidbey Island, WA. Brian served 26 yrs active duty, I served 10 active and 8 civil. We’ve been married for 19 yrs and have 2 sons, Darius (11yo/6th grade), and Xavier (2yo).
Why are you seeking this office?
I made the decision to run for a seat on the MISD school board because I believe in being the change you want to see! Child mental health should be a priority today, tomorrow, and always...not just during times of social and political unrest.
I’m running to ensure moving forward we as a district not only view mental health intervention as a responsive measure, but as both a prevention and response measure.
What distinguishes you from other candidates for this office?
My extensive background in both, mental health and the military gives me a perspective on life, culture, and societal differences of others. I’ve served all over the world and had the pleasure of guiding some of the most highly decorated service members, enthusiastic community leaders, foster teens/youth, and young adults. When it comes to providing mental health services, it doesn’t stop there...others examples include at risk youth, foster teens, teen moms, prisoners on death row, sex offenders, domestic violence offenders, etc. I’ve dedicated my entire life to service (25+ years), so serving as your school board trustee for Midlothian ISD place 1 would be the pinnacle of my life of service!
What do you consider the key issues of this election?
The key issues for the 2021 election for school board trustee (in no particular order) are taxes, inclusion, diversity, mental health, safety, and funding.
What are the greatest challenges facing the district and how do you plan to address those challenges, if elected?
One of the greatest challenges currently facing the district is mental, emotional, and psychological health (along with growth, they are close cousins at this point). Recent events have brought concerns to the forefront...and Midlothians want answers. With so many hot-button controversial topics on their minds (race, culture, diversity, mask, virtual learning, testing, taxes, politics, etc.), the community has valid concerns about how the district will address these challenges.
My plan is to listen. Once we as a board have heard the concerns of the community, student, teachers, and staff...we can start the process of gathering and deploying resources at the campus level. I believe MISD needs over arching guiding principles and a philosophy for campuses to model and build upon. So I would definitely start with that, give campus leaders a model of excellence, a standard to follow and build upon.
What do you most want to make sure voters know about you?
I’m not a politician, I consider myself an agent of change. I saw a need, I have a gift, and I answered the call. I’m just a mother that will have children in the district for upwards of 18yrs...their interest are my interest. I’m a hard worker and I will always advocate for what’s in the best interest of the children.