TFN Endorses in School Board Election That Has Become a Referendum on Equality

The Texas Freedom Network has long insisted that educators should play an important role in making decisions concerning public schools. So it should be no surprise that today TFN is endorsing two candidates for the Pflugerville Independent School District Board of Trustees — Carol Fletcher and Mario Acosta — who together have 60 years of experience in education.

Carol Fletcher

Carol Fletcher
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Mario Acosta

Mario Acosta
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But we are also supporting Carol and Mario because they have taken a stand for equality and against the voices of division and hate. As incumbent board members, they voted for a policy offering access to health insurance benefits for the domestic partners of district employees. Religious-right activists have attacked them because of their courageous stand for treating all district employees with equality and dignity. One local minister has even declared that God commands his congregation to vote against candidates who support domestic partner benefits.

We refuse to stand by silently while the religious right uses faith as a political weapon to divide our communities. And this election is important not just for Pflugerville ISD. What happens in this election could influence what other school districts and local governments do on the issue of benefits for the domestic partners of employees.

In short, the Pflugerville ISD school board elections this year have become a referendum on equality.

If you live in Pflugerville ISD, we encourage you to vote for Carol Fletcher and Mario Acosta. Early voting runs from through Tuesday, May 7 (but not on Sunday, May 5). The election is on Saturday, May 11. See below for locations for voting early and on election day. Whether or not you live in Pflugerville ISD, help Carol and Mario win re-election by sharing their websites and Facebook pages with voters you know in that school district.


Early Voting Locations

Today through Saturday, May 4 , 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7 , 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Travis County Tax Office
15822 Foothill Farms Loop
Pflugerville, TX 78660


Friday, May 3 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Northwest Elementary
14014 Thermal Dr.
North Austin

Voting Locations on Election Day, May 11

Regardless of where you live in Pflugerville ISD, you may vote at any of the following locations on election day, Saturday, May 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Dessau Elementary
1501 Dessau Ridge Lane
Austin, TX 78754
Westview Middle School
1805 Scofield Lane
Austin, TX 78727
Brookhollow Elementary
1200 N. Railroad Ave.
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Travis County Tax Office
15822 Foothill Farms Loop
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Murchison Elementary
2215 Kelly Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Caldwell Elementary
1718 Picadilly Dr.
Round Rock, TX 78664

Political advertising paid for by the Texas Freedom Network. None of the content in this post was paid for by, or belongs to, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

2 thoughts on “TFN Endorses in School Board Election That Has Become a Referendum on Equality

  1. “One local minister has even declared that God commands his congregation to vote against candidates who support domestic partner benefits.”

    Did this message arrive by telephone, telegraph, or FEDEX?

    1. Is anyone investigating whether this pastor is violating the prohibition against politicking for tax-exempt organizations, like churches? His church should lose it’s tax-exempt status.

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