A school board candidate threatened me with a slander lawsuit last week. I guess that’s part of community news now? (See my update at the bottom of this post for more.)
But let’s not focus on him. (My conversation on race with the only person of color still running is a much better story to focus on.)
Big election on Tuesday—lots of school boards at stake. Hope you’re ready to vote.
I put together a voter’s guide and candidate chart for the nine candidates vying for three seats in my school district, ISD 197, plus a levy renewal (yeah, it’s a lot):
It’s an off-year election and nobody turns out for school board elections (seriously: the last contested election had a turnout of 5%!).
But have you seen the headlines? People raiding school board meetings? The unhinged comments? Books being banned across the country? It’s wild.
These elections matter.
This election is feeling a bit like 2016, when everyone assumed things would work out and we all sat back and waited. And then woke up on November 9 in shock.
Find out what’s on the ballot in your area and vote.
Tell your neighbors, tell your friends, and vote.
(And maybe support local news too. Here’s how to support my efforts.)