Yesterday was the first day of early voting and across the state we saw turnouts and lines that looked more like a presidential year than a normal mid-term. Across the state we have seen public education be a top issue from the top of the ballot to the bottom, and Texas AFT has been working hard with candidates at all levels.
We’re on the ground from Corpus Christi–where Lamont Taylor, Jaime Arredondo, and Tony Diaz are running for a school board that puts the needs of teachers before politics–to Lone Star Community College, where Mike Stoma and Ernestine Pierce are running to bring an in-classroom perspective to an institution that many in Harris County depend on to provide job training and affordable access to higher education. And we’re working hard in Austin, where Ted Gordon, Zachary Price, and Arati Singh are fighting to bring more support resources into classrooms and provide a better learning environment for every student.
In Dallas’ State House District 113 we are also supporting Rhetta Bowers, who has made education policy a central point of her campaign for this open seat. As a former educator and an a parent active as a volunteer and PTA member in Garland ISD, Rhetta has shown a long dedication to improving the schools in her community. As our state representative Rhetta will be a voice for communities that have been ignored by the current Legislature and will fight to give every child access to a good education. Rhetta has been working hard to turn out voters in her district, including this past weekend when she joined AFT members–including President Louis Malfaro–talking to union households about the election.