There’s a primary election in Texas on 29 May, and all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) are up for re-election. We’ve previously posted about some of the primary races, so this will be a quick reminder of our picks. In some cases our real favorite isn’t in a primary contest, but we’ll discuss those races in November. This time around we’ll focus on the GOP primary candidates.
In this post we discussed two races. In District 5, the seat is currently held by creationist-theocrat incumbent, Ken “Cat-Dog” Mercer — he dismisses evolution by asking: “Have you ever seen a dog-cat, or a cat-rat?” He’s being challenged in the GOP primary by Steve Salyer. Salyer’s our choice. Virtually anyone would be an improvement over Mercer.
In District 10, because Marsha Farney is running for the legislature instead of re-election to the SBOE, there are three GOP contenders in the primary. Our pick is Rebecca Osborne. Running against her are Tom Maynard, a self-described social conservative, and Jeff Fleece, who likes the old conservative block on the SBOE.
In Cargill v. Ellis we discussed the primary race in District 8. The incumbent is Barbara Cargill, the latest chairman of the SBOE to be appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry. She’s unquestionably a fanatic creationist. Her opponent is Linda Ellis — our favorite. Why? As we said in our earlier post:
The two big assets Ellis has going for her in this primary election are these: (1) she’s probably above room-temperature; and (2) she’s not Barbara Cargill.
In Carlisle v. Rowley we discussed the race in District 15, an open seat currently held by Bob Craig who isn’t running this time. The GOP contenders are Anette Carlisle and Marty Rowley. The winner of that primary will face Democrat Steven Schafersman in November. We like Schafersman, but in this post we’re focusing on the primary.
Our choice here is Carlisle, and that’s because of her endorsements. She has the approval of Thomas Ratliff, who defeated Don McLeroy last time around, and also Bob Craig, the current SBOE member from District 15, who has always been sane. So she’s our pick. Her opponent, Marty Rowley, is a flat-out, hard-core creationist.
In Ratliff, Bradley, & Clayton we wrote about three more races. In District 7, David Bradley, the hard-core creationist incumbent, is being challenged by Rita Ashley, who seems to have all the right endorsements. Vote for Ashley.
In District 9, incumbent Thomas Ratliff, who defeated Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist, is being challenged by Randy Stevenson. Ratliff is easily our choice.
In District 12, the incumbent is George Clayton. He recently won that seat by defeating Geraldine Miller (which thrilled the Discovery Institute). Miller had been one of the sane members of the SBOE, and now she’s challenging Clayton to win her seat back. We’re inclined to favor her.
Those are the only races we know about, because press coverage has been almost non-existent. We’ll let you know the results as soon as we learn about them.
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