There are so many updates to write about that I may be writing all weekend. Yesterday, elected officials and board candidates for our May election joined together to give a press conference about the complete failure of our current board to look out for their community by agreeing to delay the upcoming election to November (and possibly beyond).
Here is who was in attendance:
Will Hickman,State Board of Education Member
Jack Cagle, Harris County Commissioner
Bert Keller, on behalf of Tom Ramsey, Harris County Commissioner
Lacey Hull, State Representative
Amy Peck, Houston City Councilmember
Greg Travis, former Houston City Councilmember and current candidate for State Representative
Mano DeAyala, candidate for State Representative
Liz Franklin, on behalf of Will Franklin, candidate for State Representative
Caroline H. Bennett, candidate for SBISD Board of Trustees, Pos. 7
John Perez, candidate for SBISD Board of Trustees, Pos. 6
ME! As you all know, I’m running for SBISD Board of Trustees, Pos. 5.
Everyone cleared their schedules and got together on this cold morning to voice our outrage at the Board’s latest failure to defend our district against this lawsuit.
A few hours later, three current trustees drove downtown so they could stand in front of the federal courthouse (where the lawsuit is pending but was not on the court’s docket today) to give their own press conference. Board President Chris Gonzalez, Vice President Minda Caesar and Secretary Karen Peck spoke about pending litigation! For the last EIGHT MONTHS they have told us over and over again that they can’t comment on pending litigation. Isn’t that why they have refused to tell us whether they are for or against SMDs? It is only after the elected officials for our community-state, county and city- came together to express their outrage that NOW it is okay to talk about pending litigation. (Curiously, they STILL haven’t told us if they are for or against SMDs.)
Karen Peck did most of the talking. Here’s what she said on behalf of the trustees and I would like to analyze:
1. If the Judge moves the election, it will not disenfranchise our right to vote.
What? Not getting to cast my vote on May 7 and having to wait for six more months (at a minimum) is the definition of disenfranchisement. It means that we will have three trustees on the board, including my opponent, who are staying at least SIX MONTHS past their three-year terms.
2. November elections actually have a better turnout anyway.
Now this is a curious point she makes. I’m really glad that Peck is judge and jury and gets to decide what is best for thousands of voters. Never mind that SHE voted within this past month to have a May election- a legally binding action. She made no public comments about wanting to hold a November election.
3. The timing of the election is not a decision made by the Board of Trustees, but is up to the Judge.
This may have been the most disingenuous thing she said and it almost warrants its own blog post. Please don’t forget-the Board got to express their opinion on this exact point to the Judge. They could have objected to the request to delay our election. Not only did they not object, but they AGREED with Abrams and Elizondo. Then, when called out for this by elected officials, candidates and their community, they try to lay it all at the feet of the Judge, acting as if they had no say.
Late this afternoon, there were additional legal filings— by John Perez in the Texas Supreme Court and by Jenny Morace in the federal lawsuit. I will update more about what those filings are all about this weekend.
Please join me at the Board of Trustees Meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at Northbrook HS (not their normal location.) It is more important than ever to show up and tell the board your thoughts.
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Posted on 24 Feb 2022, 14:37 - Category: Facebook Blog