Posted by: jamesvw | December 31, 2009

January 30 – Plano, Texas City Council

Jan. 30 – Plano, Texas City Council Special Election

Read about all upcoming Special Elections

Click here to get an mail-in ballot

**UPDATE** Thank you to reader RJ for the correction – Note that all residents of Plano can vote in this special election***

In one of the largest suburban cities in America, voters will go to the polls to choose a new city council member in District 3 after Mabrie Jackson resigned to run for a State House seat.

Plano, Texas is the ninth largest city in the state, with a population over 265,000 people.  Home to many corporate headquarters including Frito-Lay, JCPenny and Ericsson, it is usually ranked near the top of the wealthiest cities in America.

All Plano residents get to vote in this election – though candidates must live in District 3 – and will have  to choose from 3 candidates in the January election.

All three are political novices. Andre Davidson was named Plano Citizen of the Year in 2005 for her extensive work with local volunteer agencies and she is looking to take that experience to the City Council. Cathy Fang is a CPA and has built a successful accounting business in the city after moving there in 1983. Doug Shockey is a real estate investor and has lived in the city for over three decades.

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Jamie van Wagtendonk

(413) 329-8769   |   |   1600 H St. SE  |   Washington, DC

Education                                                                                                                                                                                        ________

Brandeis University Waltham, MA

Bachelor of Arts in Politics, English Literature                                                                                                                               May 2009

Magna cum Laude

GPA: 3.70

Trustee Academic Merit Scholarship

World-of-Work Fellow

School for International Training Utrecht, The Netherlands

Islam, Diaspora Communities and the European Union                                                                                         Spring 2008

· Worked with recent immigrants from Islamic countries while studying immigration situation in Western Europe

· Visited Islamic communities in Germany, France, Belgium and Turkey

Thesis: The Stain of Colonialism on European Immigration: Lessons from the Moluccan Experience”

Published Work – “We Remember with Reverence and Love” and “The Permissive Society” in book-review section of Le Vingtième Siècle, March 2010

Experience                                                                                                                                                                                       ________

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Washington, D.C.

Intern Sept 2009 – Jan 2009

§ Composed economic analysis memo for reevaluating refugee resettlement locations

§ Wrote memos, briefings and articles as part of outreach and advocacy efforts

§ Performed general office, scheduling and filing duties

Radio Netherlands Wereldomroep Hilversum, The Netherlands

Producer – English Department May 2008 – Aug 2008

§ Produced weekly human rights news program “The State We’re In” and daily “Network Europe”

§ Wrote scripts, conducted interviews and researched news stories

§ Reported live for Network Europe and presented weekly segments

Berkshire Eagle Newspaper Pittsfield, MA

Intern, Interim Online Editor May 2007 – Aug 2007

§ Wrote articles in various departments, ranging from news to arts to sports

§ Checked and edited all versions of newspaper

§ Managed website and ensured consistency with print version

Chris Hodgkins for State Senate Pittsfield, MA

Field Director Mar 2006 – Oct 2006

§ Managed campaign volunteers and supervised phone banks

§ Wrote press releases and web site information

§ Operated voter database and coordinated data input

Brandeis University Psychology Department Waltham, MA

Student Aide Sep 2005 – May 2006

§ Helped professors organize lectures and experiments

§ Researched psychological subjects for research projects and theses

§ Edited course catalog, class descriptions and research proposals

Activities                                                                                                                                                                                         ________

Volunteer – Citizenship Test Tutor                                                                                                                           Washington, D.C.

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)                                                                                 September 2009 – Present

Revive: Mumbai                                                                                                                                                           Brandeis University

§ Established student organization dedicated to combating illiteracy and poverty in developing nations

§ Created and fundraised for the Rabbi Gavriel & Rivka Holtzberg Scholarship for Peace and Conflict Study

Chaperon – Synagogue Youth Group Trip                                                                                      Amsterdam, The Netherlands

§ Led a group of 24 high school age students on a tour of the city                                                       December, 2008

Volunteer – Barack Obama for President, John Kerry for President                                                            New Hampshire

Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                   ________

§ Intermediate French and Dutch

§ Database experience in FileMakerPro, Skilled in MS Office

§ Trained in basic HTML code and Java Script. Served as webmaster for multiple websites



  1. All registered voters in Plano can vote in the special election, not just those in district 3. The canidates must live in district 3, but Plano elects city wide for all counical spots.

    • Thanks for the correction – that is very important to note. I have updated the posting

    • Hi RJ,
      Are the council positions partisan or non-partisan?

  2. Thank you for letting the Citizens of Plano know that it is a city wide election.

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