Our last post about the continuing creationist soap opera in Texas was Texas State School Board Choices: Nov 2010. The results are now in, so let’s see what happened.
Here are some excerpts from the San Antonio Express-News in which we read: SBOE Still Slants Republican. The bold font was added by us:
Republicans apparently will keep two key seats on the State Board of Education in Tuesday’s election, but Texans could see a more moderate tone in the makeup of the new board.
We’ve written about those “two key seats” before. In the first of those races, for the seat in District 5, Rebecca Bell-Metereau was challenging Ken “Dog-Cat” Mercer. We previously wrote Beauty & the Beast about that contest. The San Antonio Express-News says:
Incumbent Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, appeared headed to a decisive victory over Texas State University professor Rebecca Ball Metereau …
Too bad; we like Rebecca. Now that Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist, was defeated in a primary, and Cynthia Dunbar announced her retirement, Mercer is probably the most rabid member of the remaining theocratic creationist bloc.
The other of the “two key seats” won by Republicans was in District 10. About that one we had written: Marsha Farney or Judy Jennings? The San Antonio Express-News says that Republican Marsha Farney appears to be winning. This is the seat currently held by Dunbar, and Farney — although somewhat ambiguous about evolution — will be a definite improvement. Compared to Dunbar, almost anyone would have been an improvement.
The San Antonio Express-News also informs us that Democrat Michael Soto won in District 3. He’s okay on science education. We’re also told:
In a potential upset, veteran Democrat incumbent René Nuñez of El Paso trailed GOP challenger Carlos Garza of El Paso with about half of the votes tallied.
We haven’t followed that one, so we don’t know what it means.
All in all, with McLeroy and Dunbar leaving at the end of the year, the board’s biggest remaining problem will be Mercer. But without enough theocrats and creationists remaining on the board, he may not be all that troublesome.
But then, who knows? The Texas Governor appoints the board chairman, and the Governor just got re-elected. See Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Insane? Maybe Perry will appoint Mercer chairman when the next opportunity arises. Anything can happen in Texas. We’ll be watching.
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