Texas SBOE: Primary Election Picks

Tim Tuggey (left), Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Rebecca Osborne, Thomas Ratliff (right)

THE Austin American-Statesman has published an editorial titled Voters can end dysfunction at State Board of Education.

You all know the importance we see in these elections. See Texas, the Republican Party, & the World. So here are some excerpts from the editorial, with bold added by us:

We ask ourselves what difference it makes if this or that person serves on the 15-member board we know so little about?


[T]he board largely has become a national embarrassment that serves to promote stereotypes of Texas as a backward state more focused on basic skills than technology and advanced sciences — a state preoccupied with pushing a cultural agenda with requirements that schools teach the biblical theory of creation (or intelligent design) alongside evolution.

National embarrassment indeed. Let’s read on to see which candidates the editorial recomments:

There are two state board races that Central Texas voters will decide in the March 2 Republican and Democratic primaries: District 5 and District 10.


In the District 5 Republican primary, Tim Tuggey, 54, gets our endorsement. Tuggey, running against incumbent Ken Mercer, is a lawyer and lobbyist from Austin who graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, served as a captain in the U.S. Army and is a product of Texas public schools.

We wrote about that race here: Tim Tuggey vs. Ken Mercer. Let’s continue:

In the District 5 Democratic primary, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, 60, is the best choice. She is running against Daniel Boone, Josiah James Ingalls and Robert Bohmfalk.

We like Rebecca too. See: Rebecca Bell-Metereau vs Ken Mercer.

Now the editorial turns to the race in District 10, the seat that had been held by retiring Board member Cynthia Dunbar. We’ve discussed that one before. See Texas Board of Education: Dunbar’s Seat. Here’s what the Austin American-Statesman says about it:

For District 10, we endorse Republican Rebecca Osborne, 51, a teacher in the Round Rock school district.


She is running against Brian Russell and Marsha Farney to fill a seat vacated by Cynthia Dunbar.

That’s a good choice — especially considering that Russell has been endorsed by Dunbar.

Democrat Judy Jennings is running unopposed in the District 10 Democratic primary.

Nothing to be said about that one. The Austin American-Statesman also has a preference in another race we’ve been writing about. See: Texas Creationism, Don McLeroy, & the Future. This is what the editorial says:

We’re also making an endorsement in the District 9 race … . We recommend Thomas Ratliff in the Republican primary.


His opponent, incumbent Don McLeroy, 63, is stuck in the past, advocating a back-to-basics curriculum that all but guarantees that Texas students will lag behind their peers. Time to end McLeroy’s tenure.

Those are good recommendations. District 5: Tuggey over Mercer in the GOP primary, and Rebecca Bell-Metereau among the dems. District 10 (Dunbar’s seat): Republican Rebecca Osborne in the GOP primary. Two Rebeccas! And District 9: Ratliff over McLeroy, the creationist Dentist.

The date for these primary elections is Tuesday 02 March. We’ll be watching.

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5 responses to “Texas SBOE: Primary Election Picks

  1. McLeroy’s “back to the basics” = “back to the 14th century.”

  2. They didn’t say much on Judy Jennings’ credentials but she is a solid candidate with a great platform. Judy Jennings for SBOE District 10!

  3. Rebecca Bell-Metereau says: “Judy Jennings for SBOE District 10!”

    You’re way ahead of me, Rebecca. I just wanna get through the primary. After that there will be time to figure out the rest.

  4. RBH: “McLeroy’s ‘back to the basics’ = ‘back to the 14th century’.”

    It’s even worse than that. In the 14th century what we would now call creationists were stating hypotheses of origin that were reasonable based on the limited available evidence. Even today some “kinds” of creationists still make hypotheses that, while unreasonable, are at least still testable. While McLeroy seems to favor the more absurd ones (young earth if not necessatly flat earth) he has stated plainly that he has sold out to the “big tent” (his own words) strategy. Which as you know discourages asking “what happened when” questions, and concentrates on promoting unreasonable doubt of evolution. No one in their right mind who honestly thinks that their alternate “theory” stands up to the evidence would use that strategy.