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Serving On The Front Lines

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Putting My Why to Work 

I had a middle school science teacher, Ms. Ford, who challenged me on a day that I thought my world was over. I had failed a math test, and I thought I was going to fail math completely. I felt like I was disappointing my parents (who were both educators). Aside from reminding me that my parents love me, Ms. Ford said something that still impacts my life today. She said, “What you see as a failure, I see as a challenge.” She said, “…you must decide, today, right now, if you want to learn from this moment and improve, or live in this one moment, this one disappointment forever.”

The last three years have challenged me to share my experiences and insight as an educator, as an administrator, and as a mom to make an impact on the lives of our students.

As an educator I understand the importance of hard work, compassion, and sacrifice. Each of those 3 components are needed to ensure all

students: 504 students, special education students, general population students, and gifted & talented students have the necessary resources (and instruction) to learn and excel. As an administrator, I understand that the policies and programs implemented must address the needs of all students; and that to ensure success, it must be a collaboration between all stakeholders. And lastly, as a mom, I want to make certain all students know their value and worth, and much of that is nurtured at school just as it is nurtured at home.

Therefore, I want to share my experiences and insight with a team of professionals who have a common goal:  To improve and impact student’s lives through excellence, readiness, and accountability.

I’m Dr. Benita Reed and I’m running for Place 3 Mansfield Independent School District, School Board Trustee.

About Dr Benita Reed
Masfield ISD Place 3 Information


Stay Informed Mansfield ISD

Voting Locations

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June 18 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

Vote Benita Reed, Election Runoff

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June 18 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

Keep Racial Division out of MISD

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June 18 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

Runoff Election Day, Dr. Reed

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May 3 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

Pick 3, For Place 3, DR. Reed


May 7, 2022 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

Serving On The Front Lines Of Education

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April 26, 2022 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

Meet Benita Reed at Nappy's Cajun & Creole Cuisine

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April 23, 2022 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

Benita Reed's Bark In The Park Fundraiser

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April 11, 2022 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

Benita Reed Meet & Greet Fundraiser at El Primos

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April 1, 2022 | by City of Mansfield Texas


March 31, 2022 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

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March 24, 2022 | by Mansfield Chamber of Commerce

March 20, 2022 | by Mansfield ISD

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March 15, 2022 | by Dr. Reed For MISD Place 3

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February 11, 2022 | by Amanda Rogers

Council, School Board Races look Completely Different

Elections for the Mansfield City Council and the Mansfield ISD school board are looking to be complete opposites this spring. Plus, there’s the prospect of a city bond election on the May 7 ballot.


At Monday’s City Council meeting, members will decide whether to call a bond election that would include a Veterans Memorial, recreation center/library, park improvements and an inclusive park. If all propositions are approved, the bonds would total $150.5 million.  

In the City Council races, only the incumbents have filed. Mayor Michael Evans, who was elected to complete an unfinished term in November 2020, has filed for his first full three-year term in Place 1. Evans, a local pastor, was elected in a run-off after former mayor David Cook was elected to the Texas House of Representatives.

The landscape is a lot different in the Mansfield ISD races, where four trustee seats will be on the ballot. For Place 3, Dr. Benita Reed, Shasn Thompson, and Craig Tipping, have filed. The seat is currently held by Randall Canedy, the board’s secretary.  


Keziah Valdes Farrar, a Realtor, has filed for a full term after being elected in 2020 to complete Raul Gonzalez’s three-year term at Place 4. Gonzalez resigned after being elected to the Arlington City Council. Amanda “Mandy” Jackson Sneed, a pharmacist, has also filed for Place 4.

In Place 5, currently held by trustee Karen Marcucci, there are two challengers: Bianca Benavides Anderson, who is in sales marketing, and Jo Anna Cardoza, a restaurant manager.

Courtney Lackey Wilson, who resigned from the MISD school board in July 2021 after serving for 10 years, is seeking to finish the final year of her term at Place 7. Wilson, who works as a school administrator in Cedar Hill, cited health reasons for leaving the board, where she was serving as president at the time of her resignation.  Read more



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