Tonight a Bryan radio station will air a debate between Texas State Board of Education incumbent Don McLeroy and his Republican challenger Thomas Ratliff. The debate can be heard live 6-7 p.m. on KEOS radio, 89.1 FM. The program will also be recorded and available to listeners on the KEOS Web site after the debate.
McLeroy, a College Station Republican, was first elected to the District 9 seat in 1998 and is a leader of the board’s far-right faction. Ratliff is from the northeast Texas town of Mount Pleasant. The Republican Primary election is March 2.
UPDATE: State board candidates for District 5 will debate tomorrow morning (Thursday, Feb. 11) in Austin. Video recordings of the debates will be available (click here) shortly afterward. (The same link has information about time and location.) Democrats in the race will square off first, followed by the Republican candidates in a separate debate. District 5 stretches from San Antonio to Austin and Bell County farther north and includes a number of Hill Country counties. The half-day forum includes debates for candidates seeking local state House seats as well as the office of lieutenant governor. Click here for more information.
A forum for candidates in the District 10 state board race has been set for next week in Bastrop. That district stretches from Austin to west of Houston. Incumbent Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, is not running for re-election. We will post more information about that event when we have it.