Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available).
Ken Mercer, District 5, R-San Antonio
Current Dist. 5 State Board of Education member Ken Mercer indicated this summer on his website — votekenmercer.com — that he intended to run for re-election in 2012. Mercer, a senior software engineer, is a former state representative who was first elected to the board of education in 2006.
Ken Mercer Asks for Your Help
In 2012 because of redistricting, all seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be on the ballot. Even though many of us just ran in 2010, we will be required to run again in 2012 if we intend to retain our seats.
As you know, because of my conservative leadership, I am again a target of the far left. I need your support to defend my seat.
Thank you for allowing me to represent you on the Texas State Board of Education. As always, please remember our 12- year theme of “Family, Faith and Freedom.” We want to strengthen the family, respect our faith, and defend our freedom!
Note: Mercer’s announcement was heavily redacted for the reasons outlined above. His full announcement can be found on his website.