Texas State Board of Education member George Clayton’s guns are blazing in a searing email exchange that makes it clear he plans to run for re-election as a write-in candidate this November. Clayton finished third in the May 29 Republican primary for the Dallas-area, District 12 seat. Former state board member Geraldine “Tincy” Miller and Gail Spurlock face each other in a July 31 runoff for the GOP nomination against Democrat Lois Parrott. But what’s really interesting in Clayton’s emails is his open contempt for right-wingers who have used his sexual orientation as a campaign tactic against him.

Last November Clayton acknowledged he is gay after he became aware of a whisper campaign among right-wing activists questioning his personal life. Donna “Jeffrey Dahmer Believed in Evolution” Garner, a right-wing gadfly and ally of the state board’s creationist faction, subsequently withdrew her earlier endorsement of Clayton. She warned that he couldn’t be trusted to help revise new health curriculum standards — standards that cover sex education — because he’s gay.

Yesterday Garner fired off an email to her list supporting Spurlock, one of nine state board candidates who got the highest “grades” in… Read More

Yesterday Texas State Board of Education member George Clayton, R-Richardson, unexpectedly announced that he will not seek re-election to his seat. Clayton said he will instead seek election to the Texas House of Representatives.

Clayton won a surprise victory over longtime incumbent Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, R-Dallas, in the 2010 Republican primary for the District 12 state board seat. Religious-righters on and off the board have been critical of Clayton, who has generally voted with the board’s mainstream Republican bloc. Clayton publicly acknowledged last fall that he is gay after far-right groups like Golden Corridor Republican Women promoted a whisper campaign targeting his private life.

Clayton’s decision not to seek re-election leaves three Republicans — Miller, Pam Little of Fairview, and Gail Spurlock of Richardson — and Democrat Lois Parrott of Dallas in the race for the District 12 board seat.

Check out TFN’s SBOE election watch page for more information on candidates and board districts in the 2012 elections.… Read More

We’ve seen a flurry of additional candidate filings for Texas State Board of Education races over the last few days. We don’t yet have announcements or campaign websites for all of these candidates, but we wanted to list their names here. We have included other candidates who filed earlier but for whom we also don’t yet have formal announcements. You can find posts about those other SBOE candidates here.

TFN’s SBOE election watch page includes a full listing of candidates who have filed, including (when available) links to their campaign websites: tfn.org/SBOE2012. (If you have information about a candidate’s announcement and/or campaign website, please click here to let us know.)

The candidate filing period ends on Monday.

SBOE District 1 Carlos “Charlie” Garza, R-El Paso (incumbent) Andres Muro, D-El Paso

SBOE District 2 (Current board member: Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi; not seeking re-election) Veronica Anzaldua, R-McAllen Trinita Graham Coretta, D-Corpus Christi Ruben Cortez Jr., D-Brownsville Celeste Zepeda Sanchez, D-San Benito

SBOE District 4 Lawrence Allen Jr., D-Fresno (incumbent)

SBOE District 5 (Current board member: Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio) Rebecca Bell-Metereau, D-San Marcos

SBOE District… Read More

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