Where Does Tyler Beeson Live?

An anonymous letter and an email from a Highland Park ISD mother to Park Cities People raised questions about a Place 4 trustee candidate’s residency.

On his ballot application, Tyler Beeson, 44, listed a duplex owned by the school district in University Park, but he has a homestead exemption in Henderson County on a property listed as owned via a family living trust.

“It’s just a lake house,” Beeson said. “It’s irrelevant to the school board.”

HPISD Chief of Staff Jon Dahlander confirmed that all candidates met the district’s residency requirements, including:

  • Living in the state for a year and the district for six months before the filing date, which was Feb. 18;
  • Registering to vote within the district.
  • Texas Secretary of State records show Beeson registered to vote using his University Park address.

As for the homestead exemption, Texas Comptroller’s Office website says only a homeowner’s “primary residence” qualifies.

That’s the technical requirement, real estate attorney Lauren Cadilac explained. “However, if there is only one homestead on file (such as when a resident rents a second place), then there probably isn’t an issue.”

The homestead on file in Henderson County is the only one confirmed for Beeson.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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