Derrith Bonderant

Bondurant

Derrith Bondurant announced Monday she is running to represent District 2 on the Tyler City Council.

“I promise to be an actively engaged representative for those on the west side of Tyler, an area often ignored in the north/south conversation,” she said in announcing her candidacy.

District 2 includes areas west of Old Jacksonville Highway and south of Chandler Highway.

“We’re West and proud of it,” her statement said. “It’s not going to take a magic wand, but the magic will happen when we’ve had constructive conversations about innovation, and we envision what actually could happen in this district. I’ve done my homework — there is so much unrealized potential here.”

For city of Tyler races, the filing period continues until Feb. 14. The election will be May 2, and early voting runs from April 20 to 28. District 2 currently is represented by Broderick McGee.

In the announcement, she promoted herself as a “connector.”

She has served as vice president of institutional advancement and assistant dean for development at UT Health Northeast School of Public Health, which is now known as UT Health. She also has served as alumni director for UT Tyler, and development officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, Corporate and Foundation Relations.

She has been the executive director for East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse, America’s Heartland Tourism Consortium and Opera East Texas, and tourism and marketing director for the Osmond Family Theatre and Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

She started her career in Texas with Joske’s stores, and has worked at Kim Dawson Agency and later as vice president of Kinder Institute, the announcement said.

Bondurant is a member of Leadership Tyler, Class 22, and has served on the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She serves on the State Bar of Texas District 2 Grievance Committee, the Dean’s Advisory Council of Texas A&M School of Public Health and UT Tyler’s Athletic External Advisory Council.

She and her husband, Bob, have lived in East Texas for 37 years and are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

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