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Educators are urged to go vote in Tuesday's runoffs

Teach the Vote
Teach the Vote

Date Posted: 5/23/2016 | Author: Jennifer Mitchell, CAE

Elections 2016 Card with Bokeh BackgroundMany Texans have an opportunity tomorrow to cast votes in runoff elections that will help decide the future of public education. Several high-profile races are on runoff ballots tomorrow for seats on the State Board of Education and in the Texas Legislature. Turnout is expected to be very low, which creates an opportunity for the education community to be a deciding force in these elections simply by using the power of numbers to turn out voters to the polls. The Texas Educators Vote coalition, of which ATPE is a member, is also urging eligible Texas educators to vote in tomorrow's runoff election. In a message to other coalition members, the Texas Association of Community Schools wrote this morning that educators should "think how much easier it would be to get our schools funding, meaningful assessments, and shorter deeper TEKS if we elected people who are ready to fight on behalf of students, educators, and public schools as a whole." View the full coalition message to educators here. These are the runoffs taking place this Tuesday, with links to the candidates' profiles: SBOE District 6: Jasmine Jenkins (D) vs. Dakota Carter (D) SBOE District 9: Keven Ellis (R) vs. Mary Lou Bruner (R) Senate District 1: David Simpson (R) vs. Bryan Hughes (R) Senate District 24: Susan King (R) vs. Dawn Buckingham (R) House District 5: Jay Misenheimer (R) vs. Cole Hefner (R) House District 18: Ernest Bailes (R) vs. Keith Strahan (R) House District 27: Ron Reynolds (D) vs. Angelique Bartholomew (D) House District 33: Justin Holland (R) vs. John Keating (R) House District 54: Scott Cosper (R) vs. Austin Ruiz (R) House District 64: Lynn Stucky (R) vs. Read King (R) House District 73: Doug Miller (R) vs. Kyle Biedermann (R) House District 120: Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D) vs. Mario Salas (D) House District 128: Wayne Smith (R) vs. Briscoe Cain (R) House District 139: Kimberly Willis (D) vs. Jarvis Johnson (D) To find your election day polling location, visit the Texas Secretary of State’s ”My Voter Page” and enter your information.


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