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.