Fort Worth ISD parent Kevin Lynch is challenging incumbent trustee CJ Evans for the District 5 seat on the school board. (Courtesy of Kevin Lynch campaign)

The first newcomer has entered the race to join the Fort Worth ISD school board.

Parent Kevin Lynch filed Jan. 19 to run for the District 5 seat. He is challenging incumbent CJ Evans, who is seeking a second term. 

District 5 covers some of the most western parts of Fort Worth ISD. Election Day is May 6.

“Over the next few months, I look forward to engaging with our community about how we can make FWISD a better learning environment for all of our students,” Lynch said in a Facebook post.

Lynch, 41, represented District 5 on the district’s 2021 bond citizen oversight committee. Evans recommended his appointment.

Lynch, a medical devices salesperson, has outraised Evans, according to campaign finance reports. For every $1 Evans has brought in, Lynch has raised more than $4. Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, he raised $11,650 and spent nearly $3,680. Evans raised $2,825 and spent $2,032.

Lynch also has $17,970 in cash on hand — far exceeding Evans’ $4,760. However, he loaned his campaign $10,000.

Lynch is married to his wife, Stephanie, and they have five children.

Fort Worth ISD board members are elected in single-member districts. They serve four-year terms. The seats for Districts 2, 3 and 6 also are slated for the May 6 election.

Candidates have until Feb. 17 to file for a place on the ballot.

Jacob Sanchez is an enterprise journalist for the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Jacob Sanchez is an enterprise reporter for the Fort Worth Report. His work has appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram, The Texas Tribune and the Texas Observer. He is a graduate of St. Edward’s University....