2016 Elections: Eight Texas SBOE Seats on the Ballot this November

by Jose Medina

You already know it’s a presidential election year. It’s also an election year for the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), with eight of the board’s 15 seats on ballots all across the state this November.

SBOE races don’t always get much attention, which is unfortunate because if you’ve followed us here you probably know how important — or how much of a headache — the board can be. The board has the power to decide what’s taught to more than 5 million public school students, and throughout the years some SBOE members haven’t been shy about pushing the culture wars into the classroom.

So with that in mind, if you live in SBOE districts 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14 or 15, you can vote for an SBOE member this year.

(If you don’t know which SBOE district you’re in, you can find out here.)

In districts 14 and 15, you won’t have a choice on who to vote for as both incumbents — Sue Melton-Malone, R-Waco, and Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo — are unopposed. The rest of you will have contested SBOE races on your ballots.

Below are this year’s SBOE candidates. We encourage you to get to know them, find out where they stand on the issues and cast a ballot in these races. Party primary election day is on March 1 and the general election is Nov. 8.

*Denotes incumbent

SBOE District 1
Joe Fierro (D) | Website
Hugo Noyola (G)
Lynn Oliver (D)
Georgina Perez (D) | Website

SBOE District 5
Rebecca Bell-Metereau (D) | Website
Ken Mercer* (R) | Website
Richardo Perkins (L)

SBOE District 6
Donna Bahorich* (R) | Website
Whitney Bilyeu (L)
Dakota Carter (D) | Website
Jasmin Jenkins (D)
Michael Jordan (D)
Laura Palmer (G)

SBOE District 8
Barbara Cargill* (R) | Website
Kay E. “Kelly” Carpenter (G)

SBOE District 9
Mary Lou Bruner (R) | Website
Keven M. Ellis (R) | Website
Hank Hering (R)
Amanda M. Rudolph (D)
Anastasia Wilford (L)

SBOE District 10
Judy Jennings (D)
Tom Maynard* (R) | Website

SBOE District 14
Sue Melton-Malone* | Website

SBOE District 15
Marty Rowley* (R)