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Incumbents Burns and Smith Re-elected to School Board

Barbara Burns  Jeanetta Smith

The incumbents for Place 1 and Place 2, Ms. Barbara Burns (left) and Dr. Jeanetta Smith (right), held off challenges from three candidates each to retain their seats on the Denton ISD Board of School Trustees.


With all 169 precincts reporting, Ms. Burns earned approximately 52 percent of the vote to defeat challengers Brad Fritcher (26 percent), Alfredo Sanchez (12 percent), and Barry Barnes (10 percent). A total of 9,753 votes were cast for the Place 1 seat.


“It was a campaign that was built on the students and what was best for them. That being said, this really is a victory for our district, more than myself,” said Ms. Burns. “I’m so grateful that this community believed in me and re-elected me so I can continue to do what I love, which is support the students and families of Denton ISD.”


Ms. Burns has served the community as a Trustee since 2012. She is a veteran educator with almost 30 years of experience, including 20 years as a teacher directly serving the students of the district in the classroom. Ms. Burns, a graduate of Texas Woman’s University, served as Board President for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years and is active in the League of Women Voters and Denton Noon Kiwanis Club. She and her husband, Lloyd, a retired Denton police officer, have lived in Denton for more than 40 years.   


Dr. Smith earned approximately 43 percent of the vote to defeat challengers David Shuck (36 percent), Angela Cid (15 percent) and Jonathan Balmos (5 percent), who withdrew prior to the conclusion of early voting. A total of 9,435 votes were cast for the Place 2 seat.


“I’m overwhelmed by this show of support,” said Dr. Smith. “We live in an amazing community that values education and I intend to keep supporting our students and classroom teachers because they are what matters most.”


Dr. Smith, the current board secretary, has served the community as a Trustee since 2006. She is also a veteran educator, with more than 30 years of experience in several states. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of North Texas, and holds several post-graduate degrees from multiple universities, including her doctorate in early childhood education from Texas Woman’s University. She has resided in Denton for more than 30 years and is active in the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club and at First Baptist Church.