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). Tom Maynard, District 10, R-Florence (Current District 10 Board Member: Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown) Tom Maynard, executive director of the Texas Future Farmers of America and a former Florence school board member, announced via press release (h/t Quorum Report) on Dec. 14 that he intends to seek the District 12 seat. Current District 12 board member Marsha Farney will not run for reelection and is instead running for the Texas House of Representatives. Maynard's website is maynardfortexas.com. Tom Maynard announced today that he has filed in the Republican Primary for the State Board of Education District 10, which is being vacated by Marsha Farney. “I will bring my experience as a parent, taxpayer, teacher, school board trustee and non-‐profit executive to the State Board of Education,” said Maynard. “I will fight for local control of education, respect the role of parents and families, demand fiscal accountability and efficiency, and defend our conservative values.” Read More