Katie Hicken is student at the University of Texas at Tyler where she also shines as a top player for the collegiate golf team and serves as President of the PERIOD @ Tyler chapter. On top of her many accomplishments as a student-athlete and leader, she was also recently elected as Vice President for the UT Tyler Student Government where she made now serves in a majority-female executive cabinet. Katie has hit the ground running since being elected, leading projects dedicated specifically to alleviating financial burden on students including menstrual equity policy, accessible childcare services, and food insecurity alleviation. When tackling obstacles like these with her campus administration, Katie lives by this philosophy: “Don’t be afraid to have the tough conversations”.
Meghan Scoggins is running for Texas House of Representatives, District 28. Scoggins left the Democratic primary election victoriously with 81% of the vote and is now preparing for the general election in November, where she will face the Republican incumbent, Representative John Zerwas. The obstacles she has faced throughout the course of her life have led her to a career dedicated to advocacy, especially for issues including education, domestic violence, and consumer protections. Now, Scoggins hopes to transform these obstacles into successes through legislation, if she were to be elected.
TEDx speaker, blogger, and lifelong educator Suzanne Smith is running for Texas State Board of Education District 12, encompassing parts of Collin County and Northeast Dallas County. For Smith, this is her dream job, providing her an ability to be exposed to the world that she accredits much of her success to: public school education. Smith eventually became a teacher herself, following a family lineage of teachers and school administrators. Now, she is vying for an opportunity to serve students within the State of Texas through the capacity of an elected official, where she can transform public education spending.