Texas SBOE Primary Election Tomorrow

Official Results Here:

District 5: Mercer v. Salyer. Winner: Mercer
District 7: Bradley v. Ashley. Winner: Bradley
District 8: Cargill v, Ellis. Winner: Cargill
District 9: Ratliff v. Stevenson. Winner: Ratliff
District 10: Osborne v. Maynard & Fleece. Runoff: Osborne & Maynard
District12: Clayton v. Miller. Runoff: Miller & Spurlock
District 15: Carlisle v. Rowley. Winner: Rowley

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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10 responses to “Texas SBOE Primary Election Tomorrow

  1. I just added a box to the post with links to the Texas Secretary of State’s website where there will be official results for each race discussed in the post.

  2. Polls have closed, but there aren’t any results yet. There will be soon, I assume.

  3. Nobody cares, but I’ve announced the winners in the box at the start of this post. Except for Thomas Ratliff and Geraldine Miller, the creationists won their races.

  4. Sorry. It’s been hard to build up much enthusiasm for Texas in face of my local politics. At least two wins is better than none.

  5. 2-for-7, not good. Though for a couple of those races, you have said you want the Dem to win the general election, so there is hope that these folks don’t represent the final makeup of the board.

  6. There’s some good news: Gail Lowe lost to Sue Melton in District 14! Don’t know if Melton’s an improvement though.

  7. I’m perplexed. I read that Osborne was your favorite in District 10 and know that she’s headed into a run-off election against Maynard July 31st so why do you have Maynard listed as the winner? I share your delight that Fleese is now out of it but I still think Osborne is better qualified to serve on the State Board of Education.

  8. Ian Reid says: “why do you have Maynard listed as the winner?”

    You’re right, Osborne is in a runoff. For that post, all I did was check the voting results, and Maynard had more votes. A day later I learned about a couple of runoffs, but nobody here cared about the SBOE, so I didn’t bother to revise that post. I’ve been meaning to go back to it.

  9. 2-of-7 isn’t so bad in light of running against incumbent candidates, especially given Texas demographics.

  10. “I’ve been meaning to go back to it.” sounds like a good intention.
    And you’re right, doing it may do nothing more than indicate your willingness and desire to set the record straight. That would be a good thing.

    And if it brought one more vote for Rebecca, that would be great.

    p.s. Now that I’ve found you, I do enjoy your columns.