Much of the attention tonight will focus on the Dewhurst v. Cruz senate race. But there are three Texas State Board of Education races on runoff ballots across the state as we wrap up the primaries and look toward November.
Keep an eye on this post later tonight for updates on the SBOE races. Here’s what’s on tap:
District 2 – Democratic Runoff | District Map | Down in the Valley it’s Ruben Cortez, Brownsville, against Celeste Zepeda Sanchez, San Benito. The winner faces Laurie Turner, who won the May 29 Republican primary over Veronica Anzaldua. The seat is currently held by retiring SBOE member Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi.
District 10 – Republican Runoff | District Map | In central Texas it will be Tom Maynard of Florence versus Rebecca Osborne of Round Rock. This seat was vacated by Marsha Farney, who decided to run for the state House instead. The winner of tonight’s race will face Judy Jennings, D-Austin, who lost to Farney in 2010.
Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available). Rebecca Osborne, District 10, R-Round Rock (Current District 10 Board Member: Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown) Round Rock teacher Rebecca Osborne says she is once again seeking the Republican nomination for the District 10 seat on the Texas State Board of Education. Osborne sought the GOP nomination for that seat in 2010. Marsha Farney of Georgetown won the party's nomination and general election, but she has announced a campaign for the Texas House in 2012. Following is an excerpt from Osborne's campaign web site: Every day in the high school where I teach, I see teenagers who are thriving, happy and engaged with school, community and their families. These kids are connected; they have a compass in their lives. But I also see the many young people we are losing, and it troubles me greatly. Read More