Aldine AFT held a candidate forum Thursday evening to let members ask questions of school board candidates.
Early voting begins Monday and runs through Friday, November 1, for the November 5 election, which includes ten statewide propositions and local races for school boards in some areas.
While the list of state propositions may seem confusing to many, there is good reason to get out and vote early against one particular measure, Proposition 4, which would amend the Texas Constitution to prohibit a state income tax. While that might sound appealing, the Texas Constitution already has language mandating a statewide vote before a state income tax could be enacted and we don’t need to tie the hands of future Texans with this extreme hurdle. For a good look at many other reasons to vote “No” on Proposition 4, see this excellent piece from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
In another high-profile race, Texas AFT is endorsing Elizabeth “Eliz” Markowitz for the special election for Texas House District 28. The seat was formerly held by Rep. John Zerwas, who retired. Markowitz, a Sugarland native, is a strong backer of public education with a solid platform on issues like school finance, testing reform, and special education.
For information on the election see VoteTexas.gov and check your local county’s website for early voting locations.
Texas AFT Endorsements
State Proposition 4: No
Texas House District 28 (Fort Bend area) Special Election: Elizabeth “Eliz” Markowitz
Local Union School Board Endorsements
Houston Federation of Teachers:
District 2 – Kathy Blueford-Daniels
District 3 – Sergio Lira
District 4 – Larry McKinzie
District 8 -Diana Davila
Position 1 – William “Randy” Bates
Position 2 – Paul Shanklin
Position 6 – Dr. Kimberley Booker\
Position 7 – Nico Mathews
Position 1 – Tom Jackson
Position 2 – Julia Hinaman
Position 3 – Gilbert Sarabia
Position 4 – Debbie Blackshear
Pol. Adv. Pd. by Texas AFT COPE