Lone Star College District
Trustee, District 5
TPP recommends Luis Granados
Incumbent member of the board David Vogt is running for reelection against challenger Luis Granados, though this is his first time running in the newly created District 5.
Despite repeated attempts at contact, David Vogt did not respond to our request to participate in our vetting process during our period of vetting. He later completed our questionnaire after our decision had been made.
David Vogt was appointed to the Lone Star College System Board of Trustees in 1997, when it was then known as the North Harris/Montgomery Community College District. He won election after fulfilling the unexpired term, and has been serving on the board ever since.
He has donated to Congressman Kevin Brady, Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly, County Judge Craig Doyal, former State Representative Rob Eissler. former State Senator Tommy Williams, and former State Representative Ruben Hope.
We appreciate Mr. Vogt’s long service on the board, as well as his values. While he has provided stability to a board to which Democrats occasionally get elected, we believe he has not provided the type of conservative leadership needed to actively push the board toward positive conservative change. This is evident in his tendency to support the administration’s decisions and requests while not appearing to offer much resistance or criticism. As far as we can find, only on two occasions has he not voted with the consent agenda.
Luis Granados is an engineer with Curtiss-Wright, a global diversified industrial company. He has advanced degrees in Business, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering. He is also a part-time tutor for the Lone Star College System.
Mr. Granados says that the three main reasons he is running for office are:
- To serve the educational community at Lone Star College.
- To support academic integrity.
- To enforce financial discipline.
Apart from his academic background and business experience, Mr. Granados says that his part-time work at LSCS makes him most qualified for this position. He says that during his time at the college, he has gotten to know the culture from the inside, identify the problems, and consider solutions.
He does not believe the board is currently fulfilling its role effectively, as it has become a rubber stamp for the administration without proper questioning. This lack of critical oversight he says has led to a resistance to positive changes, a lack of financial discipline, and a lack of academic integrity. Additionally, the board boasts that they have not changed the tax rate, yet did not factor into their revenue forecasts the increase in properties and property values, which widened the tax base. Mr. Granados says the board should have reduced the tax rate for this, but instead kept the differential for additional resources.
We are recommending Mr. Granados for the following reasons:
- Remedial courses: Mr. Granados is one of the few candidates we have come across to recognize the issue of remedial courses and how it is affecting the community college system. Currently, the state mandates that community colleges accept all students, regardless of whether or not they are ready for college. This has caused community colleges to spend ever-increasing resources on remedial education, thereby picking up the slack for the ISDs, all while receiving less money from the state. This amounts to an unfunded mandate, and is turning our community colleges into extensions of high school. Mr. Granados believes that not all students are built to attend college, and is seeking to be a voice for reform on this issue.
- Fiscal conservatism: Mr. Granados has demonstrated that he seeks to be a budget hawk. The few conservative members of the board are desperate with someone with this type of focus, rather than being another rubber stamp for the administration.
- Academic excellence: Mr. Granados is very conservative when it comes to promoting academic excellence. He believes that campuses around the country have deviated away from their purpose as institutions of learning, and instead focus on social justice and political agendas. He believes that all of campus, and indeed, all of America, should be a “free speech zone.”