Five of the Texas State Board of Education‘s far-right bloc have endorsed Marty Rowley of Amarillo in the Republican primary for the District 15 state board seat. Rowleyâ€™s campaign blog says board Chair Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands; former chair Gail Lowe, R-Lampasas; Charlie Garza, R-El Paso; Terri Leo, R-Spring; and Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio have “unanimously” endorsed him. We donâ€™t know what he means by “unanimous”: a sixth member of the boardâ€™s far-right bloc, David Bradley, R-
Beaumont Buna, is not on the list of endorsers. (All of the boardâ€™s far-right members except Leo are seeking re-election this year.)
Rowley is seeking the board seat currently held by Bob Craig, R-Lubbock, who is not seeking re-election. Anette Carlisle, president of the Amarillo Independent School Districtâ€™s Board of Trustees, is also running for the Republican nomination for that seat. Steven Schafersman of Midland is the lone Democrat running for the seat.
The Texas Freedom Networkâ€™s SBOE Election Watch page includes more information about the board elections and candidates.
(Thanks to TFN Insider readerÂ abb3w for the heads-up.)