State and local elections bring mixed results, but two Texas AFT locals celebrate victories

Cy-Fair AFT president, Nikki Cowart (right), hears words of support for district employees from three successful School Board candidates at a forum last month. From left are newly-elected Board Members Julia Hinaman, Gilbert Sarabia and Debbie Blackshear.

Tuesday’s election featured a hodgepodge of state ballot measures and one key state House race, along with some local School Board and municipal elections.

We’ll report the bad news first, in that the statewide Proposition 4 won by a landslide. The results were hardly a surprise because the ballot language seemed to ask voters if they wanted to ban a state income tax. The subtleties–that no tax currently exists and there is no indication such a tax could be enacted any time soon, and this could tie the hands of future Texans–were lost in that language.

The good news included:

  • All four seats for the Cy-Fair ISD School Board were won by candidates endorsed by Cy-Fair AFT.
  • Our endorsed candidate for the Texas House District 28 Special Election, Eliz Markowitz, had strong support from Fort Bend AFT members and advanced from a field of candidates with 39% of the vote to head to a runoff.
  • Aldine AFT saw two of its endorsed School Board candidate win their races, while another advanced to a runoff.

And in the category of maybe “moot”–and unfairly so–Houston ISD voters elected two new School Board members with candidates still vying for two other seats in runoffs. (See above for news on the state takeover of Houston ISD.)