Yes, if you lived in certain cities, school districts, or even emergency services districts, you should have voted!
There were a few big wins outside of Houston:
- Monica Alonzo – Wins 2nd term on Dallas City Council, 91% of the vote against two opponents.
- Ana Reyes – First Hispanic on the Farmers Branch City Council. After all the anti-immigrant stuff, let’s hope this is a sign of a better future for Farmers Branch.
- Rebecca Viagran – Defeats incumbent for San Antonio City Council District 3. Rebecca is a Texas State Bobcat; actually, we were both members of the college LULAC council back then. Congrats on a huge win.
- Humble ISD – My old stomping grounds had much of the same thing–incumbents winning; although, long-time board member Bonnie Longnion was defeated by Angela Conrad. Both attended and spoke to Kingwood Area Dems at their brunch, by the way. The election did create some good future candidates in Geoffrey Geiger, Miguel Perez, and Johnny O’Connor.
- City of Pasadena – District A’s Ornaldo Ybarra kept his seat, while Cody Ray Wheeler won his race in District E. Richard Serna gave it a good run, as did Rick Guerrero. There’s no doubt there needs to be more investment in political education to increase turnout.
- Lone Star College System – The incumbents got a run for their money this time around, but Holsey is the only one who knows he is staying. Randy Bates is now in a run-off against Ron Trowbridge. Trowbridge gave a different kind of presentation at the Kingwood Dems’ brunch the other day, attacking the LSCS administration over a faculty firing at one of the campuses. I wish Bates had shown. The Bond, though, was handily defeated. I’m usually a fan of bonds, but the pro-bond folks were still sending me mail pieces (about 6) at my “new” Sharpstown address (1 year + since I moved here). It didn’t give me the impression that it was a good, well-organized campaign for “the students,” but more like for the bond lawyers and builders.
Those are the races that had my eye on Saturday. Can we start getting excited about City of Houston races, now?
NOTE: At the Kingwood Dems’ Brunch, one candidate for City of Houston At-Large 3 did show and that was Jenifer Rene Pool. Thanks, Jenifer!