A handful of runoff races over the weekend means Texas’ election season is finally, and thankfully, over until November. Still, the runoff races highlighted the growing divisions over education that have spilled over into the school board and college races.
In Dallas, Dr. Catalina Garcia prevailed in her race for Dallas College (formerly Dallas Community College) District One with over 63% of the vote. Lynn Davenport, the candidate Garcia won against, campaigned primarily through social media and posted conspiracy theories about data gathering, vaccinesand block chain Technology.
In a statement to Signal, Garcia thanked voters for the race. “I’m excited to get to work giving Dallas County students the education and growth opportunities they deserve,” Garcia said. “I will work with each person to make this vision a reality.”
About sixty kilometers from Dallas, Craig Tipping won his runoff for a school board position at Mansfield with 53 percent of the vote. Tipping was one of eleven candidates from Tarrant County who was supported by the Patriot Mobile PAC.
Grapevine-based Patriot Mobile is a cell phone company that caters to a Christian audience and donates a percentage of a phone bill to “Christian” causes. Their website lists several right-wing organizations they partner with, including the National Rifle Association and the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. “Our mission is to passionately defend our God-given constitutional rights and freedoms, and to always glorify God,” he said on their website.
The fights for the future of education will likely continue into November and beyond in Texas. In the last legislative session, Republicans in Texas passed several school censorship laws intended to deter critical race theory. At their recent convention, the Texas GOP included many platform priorities regarding education, including prayer in school, abolishing the teaching of sex ed or sexual health in all public school classes and passing a law similar to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
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