Texas Executive Department Candidates

The Executive Department of the State shall consist of a Governor, who shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the State, a Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of the General Land Office, and Attorney General. Additional State Level Offices of Railroad Commissioner and Agricultural Commissioner will also be on this page. 

Note to the Voter: Remember that you are the HR person choosing who is best qualified to be in Leadership for the State of Texas. Check out the Candidate's educational background, their work history, and Community Service. If it is an Incumbent (in office now and trying to get reelected) check their voting record. Very important. Did they vote the way they promised they would on their platform? Did they vote with their party or against it? Which candidate is best qualified over all and lines up with your beliefs? That is who you should vote for.

About the Texas Governor

The Governor of Texas is the chief executive of the state of Texas and is elected by the citizens every four years. The governor has the power to: sign and veto bills passed by the state legislature, serve as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces, convene special sessions of the legislature, grant reprieves and pardons, and fill vacant positions via appointment. Additionally, the governor is responsible for delivering the "State of the State" address and an annual state budget report and budget recommendation.The Governor's powers, term of office, qualifications, and installation are established by Article 4 of the Texas Constitution

Qualifications

  • At least thirty years of age

  • A citizen of the United States

  • Shall have resided in this State at least five years immediately preceding his election 

Article 4 of the Texas Constitution...shall not hold any other office: civil, military or corporate; nor shall he practice any profession, and receive compensation, reward, fee, or the promise thereof for the same; nor receive any salary, reward or compensation or the promise thereof from any person or corporation, for any service rendered or performed during the time he is Governor, or to be thereafter rendered or performed. Article 6 of the Texas Constitution.

Salary $153,750

For more information about the job responsibilities of the Lt. Governor see Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Governor_of_Texas

 

Texas Governor Candidates

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Winner of the Primary! Beto O'Rourke BA in English from Columbia University. O'Rourke worked in New York as an art mover, nanny, and proofreader for publisher H.W. Wilson Company. He returned to El Paso in 1998 and co-founded the IT consulting company Stanton Street. In 2005, O'Rourke was elected to the El Paso City Council, where he served until 2011. He ran to represent Texas' 16th Congressional District in the U.S. House in 2012, defeating eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary with 51 percent of the vote and winning the general election with 65 percent. He served in the U.S. House until 2019. O'Rourke challenged Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in the U.S. Senate election for Texas in 2018 and raised more than $80 million for his bid—the most that had ever been raised by a U.S. Senate candidate at the time. He has been a small business owner, a city council representative, and a member of Congress. He founded and currently leads Powered by People, a Texas-based organization that works to expand democracy and produce Democratic victories through voter registration and direct voter engagement. Powered by People has helped register over 250,000 unregistered Texans to vote since its inception in December 2019.

Platform: https://youtu.be/JnmonAw8niE

Sources: https://betoorourke.com/about/, https://ballotpedia.org/Beto_O'Rourke

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About the Texas Lieutenant Governor

 

Texas Lieutenant Governor is the second-highest executive office in the government of Texas. The office of the lieutenant governor is part of both the executive and legislative branches. According to the Texas Constitution the lieutenant governor is also the President of the Texas State Senate. The lieutenant governor becomes governor if the elected governor resigns or dies while in office. Texas elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.Though a member of the executive branch, the lieutenant governor's only executive duty is to assume the governorship in the event the office becomes vacant or the governor temporarily leaves the state. As President of the Texas State Senate, the lieutenant governor has the authority to decide all parliamentary questions and to use discretion in following senate procedural rules. The lieutenant governor has the power to set up standing or special committees and appoint committee chairpersons and individual members. The lieutenant governor also determines the order in which bills are considered by the state senate. As the president of senate, the lieutenant governor may cast tie-breaking votes. The Constitution also names the lieutenant governor to the five-member Legislative Redistricting Board, which apportions the state into senatorial and representative districts in the event the full legislature is unable to do so. 

Qualifications:

Has to be at least 30 years old, Resident of Texas for at least five years, and a United States citizen

Salary $7,200                 Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Lieutenant_Governor_of_Texas; https://www.nlga.us/wp-content/uploads/TEXAS2.1.pdf

Texas Lt.Governor Candidates

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Primary Runoff Candidate Michelle Beckley is the HD 65 Incumbent that is changing to run for Lt. Governor following redistricting. Michelle Beckley graduated from Newman Smith High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University. Beckley's career experience includes working as the owner of Kookaburra Pet Shop. The links below include her tenure in the House of Representatives. She is an avid bicyclist and has completed two Ironman Triathlons.

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Mike Collier for Lt. Governor

Primary Runoff Candidate Mike Collier Auditor 20 years experience, energy expert, and financial watchdog. Certified Public Accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and then helping to build a successful Texas energy company as its CFO. 

Platform: Mike has built a reputation for rigorous financial analysis, independent decision-making, and a commitment to telling the truth, no matter what; hold state politicians accountable; improve Texas Public Schools,healthcare is a human right, that Black Lives Matter, that income inequality and climate change pose grave threats to the future of Texas, and that state government ought to prioritize the needs of working families–not just the well-connected. Mike will fight for all Texans — regardless of where you live, your race, or your income-level.

Platform: Fund our Public Schools, Fix the Damn Grid, Hold the Line on Property/Sales Tax increases, Defend our Constitutional Rights, Lead the Fight against Climate Change, Create Good Paying Jobs and Benefits, Reform our Criminal Justice System, Return Competence to the Office of Lt. Governor

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About the Texas Attorney General

The Attorney General of Texas is the chief lawyer and legal officer for the state of Texas. According to the Texas Constitution, the attorney general defends the laws and the constitution of the state of Texas, represents the state in litigation, and approves public bond issues.The attorney general is elected to serve for a four-year term. There is no term limit for this office. As the state’s top law enforcement officer, the Attorney General leads more than 4,000 employees in 38 divisions and 117 offices around Texas. That includes nearly 750 attorneys, who handle more than 30,000 cases annually – enforcing child support orders, protecting Texans against consumer fraud, enforcing open government laws, providing legal advice to state officials, and representing the state of Texas in court, among other things.

Qualifications:

  • at least 18 years of age

  • a citizen of the United States

  • a resident of Texas for at least 12 months

                                                                                           Source: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/about-office; https://ballotpedia.org/Attorney_General_of_Texas

Attorney General Candidates:

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Primary Runoff Candidate Rochelle Mercedes Garza Attorney, graduated from the University of Houston Law Center and from Brown University with honors. staff attorney at the ACLU of Texas and a managing partner of Garza & Garza Law, PLLC. So she became a lawyer for the people — fighting for children, immigrants, and families as a civil rights lawyer. She fought to keep families together during Donald Trump’s devastating “zero tolerance” immigration policies of family separation and denying access to asylum. She knows what it’s like to represent the interests of everyday Texans as they interact with our legal system — from representing parents seeking child support to defending people’s due process rights. Rochelle has fought for reproductive rights for immigrant teens in detention, including the Garza v. Hargan case in which Rochelle was the guardian for Jane Doe, a pregnant 17-year-old denied the right to choose. A month-long legal battle ensued when Donald Trump staged an unprecedented intervention to try to stop Jane from making the decision that was hers alone to make. On Jane’s behalf, Rochelle fought in courts in Texas and Washington, DC.  She even took on Justice Brett Kavanaugh for deciding against Jane and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who tried to meddle in the case. And she won — giving Jane and many others like her the opportunity to exercise their lawful rights and the chance at a better life.  The decision has had a lasting impact.  Teens in immigration custody are now given the “Garza Notice,” informing them of their right to access abortion free of obstruction and retaliation.  In September 2018, Rochelle testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Garza v. Hargan case and the impact it had on Jane Doe.​​

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Primary Runoff Candidate Joe Jaworski- BA N. Carolina’s Davidson College and law degree UT. Trial Attorney and former Mayor of Galveston, drummer for 4 years with a National North Carolina’s “Other Bright Colors". Joe owns The Jaworski Law Firm and his practice is 100% mediation. He specializes in mediating Defense Base Act claims, mediating hundreds of claims annually domestically and abroad; these are the claims brought by military contractors for personal injuries arising from the War on Terror.

Platform: Legalize recreational Cannabis, Create Civil Rights Division to protect Texas Citizens, support cities, counties, and school districts in their local decision-making authority, turn voter fraud division into Voter Access division.

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About the Comptroller of Public Accounts

The Comptroller of the State of Texas is an elected executive position in the Texas state government. The comptroller is the chief financial officer of the state government, responsible for maintaining the state’s finances. The comptroller also acts as the tax collector, the chief accountant, the chief revenue estimator, and chief treasurer for the state.

 

The primary responsibility is to manage the State accounts, invest on behalf of the State, guarantee the correct administration and continuity of the public pensions. Report to the Legislature and the people of Texas the budget, income, expenditures, forecast and act as Texas Chief Financial Officer, among others responsibilities. The Comptroller makes and influences decisions that impact all stages of Texan lives.   

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Qualifications:

There are no specific qualifications for this position. 

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Comptroller of Public Accounts Candidates 

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Primary Runoff Candidate Janet T. Dudding Certified Public Accountant As a certified public accountant, I’ve spent my adult life auditing, accounting for, administering and investigating state and local governments and their grants, taxes, procurement, spending and reporting. In other words – I understand how the system works and how we could better utilize it to our advantage. Right now we’re overpaying for services that don’t offer any real benefits. We’re paying $100M MORE in state taxes to DENY comprehensive mental healthcare. We’re letting our property taxes pick up the tab when indigent care becomes crisis care. We need to do better and spend smarter. Plain and simple.

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Primary Runoff Candidate Angel Luis Vega Strategist and Author Angel Vega was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in 2008 and Webster University in 2014. His career experience includes working as a strategist and author. I am an outsider of politics with over 20 years in the workforce, in the private sector, nonprofit, and as a small business owner. I lead with a purpose-driven approach to all I do. Throughout my life, I have been known for always pushing myself and others to be the best versions of themselves. In 2013 I published my first book, "Sé el Líder de Tu Desarrollo Profesional’' - Be the Leader of Your Professional Development. Serving on non-profits boards, working with people of all backgrounds, and volunteering in multiple political campaigns, from gubernatorial, congressional all the way to Obama’s presidential campaign, has been a vehicle for him to contribute, to give a voice, and stand united. Recently, I served as Texas Deputy Field Director for Mi Familia Vota.

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About the Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is one of six state officials named by the Texas Constitution to form the Executive Department of the State. The Secretary is not elected but is appointed by the Governor, with confirmation by the Senate, and serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The Secretary serves as Chief Election Officer for Texas, assisting county election officials and ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout Texas. The Office of the Secretary of State also provides a repository for official and business and commercial records required to be filed with the Office. The Secretary publishes government rules and regulations and commissions notaries public. The Secretary also serves as keeper of the state seal and attestor to the Governor's signature on official documents. In addition, the Secretary serves as senior advisor and liaison to the Governor for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs, and serves as Chief International Protocol Officer for Texas.

Qualifications:

There are no specific qualifications for this office.

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Additional State Level Offices

About the Commissioner of the General Land Office

The Texas Land Commissioner is a state executive position in the Texas state government. The land commissioner serves as the elected head of the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The GLO's mission statement is: "The Texas General Land Office serves the schoolchildren, veterans, and all people of Texas by preserving their history, protecting their environment, expanding economic opportunity, and maximizing state revenue through innovative administration and prudent stewardship of state lands and resources.

The General Land Office is established in Article 14 of the Texas Constitution.

Article 14, Section 1:

There shall be one General Land Office in the State, which shall be at the seat of government, where all land titles which have emanated or may hereafter emanate from the State shall be registered, except those titles the registration of which may be prohibited by this Constitution. It shall be the duty of the Legislature at the earliest practicable time to make the Land Office self sustaining, and from time to time the Legislature may establish such subordinate offices as may be deemed necessary.

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Qualifications:

There are no specific qualifications for this position.                                                 Source: Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Land_Commissioner 

Land Commissioner Candidates:                                                                                                                       

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Primary Runoff Candidate Jay Kleberg business owner I traveled the entire 1200 miles of the Texas-Mexico border — by horse, bike, and canoe — as a producer on the feature film The River and the Wall. I was part of the strategic planning and financing leadership team that carried out the largest land acquisition for conservation purposes in Texas history as Associate Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.As co-founder of the business, Explore Ranches, I've helped develop a sustainable, non-consumptive revenue stream for landowners while having the added benefit of protecting natural habitats. I believe loving Texas and accepting the science behind climate change go hand-in-hand. It's time to elect a Texas Land Commissioner who, in words and deeds, dares to say clearly: "I believe in science."

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Primary Runoff Candidate SandraGrace Martinez Mental Wellness Policy Advocate M.A, LPC obtained a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2007, at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.

We can no longer resign ourselves to accepting the things we cannot change, we must unite to change the things that we can no longer accept. For when we are called by the better angels of our nature, where politics moves with fairness, and is guided by the virtues of our treatment towards one another, the sum of our success depends on the advancement and prosperity of every individual citizen's part. It's time that the Government Land Office invest back into you

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About the Agriculture Commissioner

The Texas Commissioner of Agriculture is a state executive position in the Texas state government. The commissioner heads the Texas Department of Agriculture.The commissioners powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 11 of the Texas Agricultural Code.

Qualifications:

Chapter 11 of the Texas Agricultural Code establishes the requirements for office:

Section 5, Chapter 11:

To be eligible for election as commissioner or appointment to fill a vacancy in the office of commissioner, a person must:

  • Have been engaged, for at least five of the 10 years preceding the year in which the person is elected or appointed to the person's initial term, in the business of agriculture;

  • Have worked, for the five-year period preceding the calendar year in which the person is elected or appointed to the person's initial term, for a state or federal agency in a position directly related to agriculture;

  • Have owned or operated, for at least five of the 10 years preceding the year in which the person is elected or appointed to the person's initial term, farm, ranch, or timber land that qualifies for agricultural use appraisal under Subchapter C, Chapter 23, Tax Code, and be participating, in the calendar year in which the person is elected or appointed to the person's initial term, in a farm program administered by the federal Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service; or

  • Have worked, for at least five years at any time before the calendar year in which the person is elected or appointed to the person's initial term, for the Texas Agricultural Council, an organization that is a member of the Texas Agricultural Council, or another agricultural producer association.

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Agriculture Commissioner Candidates

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Winner of Primary Agriculture Commissioner

Susan Hays Attorney I’m running for Agriculture Commissioner because corruption is bad for business. No one trusts the incumbent to do what’s right for Texas. Farming is hard, but ethics should be easy. I grew up in rural Texas. My law practice took me to advising cannabis producers and businesses, and pushing Texas to open the door to this high-value crop with the hemp program. Working on the roll-out of the hemp program, I started hearing rumors of corruption. Folks talking about having to pay thousands of dollars to get a hemp license. Then, the Commissioner’s political consultant got arrested for trying to sell hemp licenses for $25,000. Licenses that cost $100 and are available to anyone. I’m a fifth generation Texan. Relatives died at the Alamo. I know what Texas has been, and I know what Texas could be if we purge the government of corruption and work together to build rural Texas back up.

Please support my race for Agriculture Commissioner. 
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About the Railroad Commissioner

The Texas Railroad Commission is a state executive agency in the Texas state government. Despite its name, the commission does not regulate railroads, but instead regulates the oil and gas business in Texas. Historically, the railroad commission has been a very powerful office. OPEC, the Middle Eastern oil cartel, was originally modeled in part on the commission. According to the Texas Tribune, the agency has also been a launching pad to higher office. One of the three seats on the Commission is up for election in 2022.

Qualifications:

  1. a qualified voter under the constitution and laws; and

  2. at least 25 years of age.

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Railroad Commissioner Candidates

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Winner of Primary Railroad Commissioner 

Luke Warford studied economics and political science, is a political organizer and helped with the Obama campaign. Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. Former top staffer for the Texas Democratic Party. Now works at consulting in the private sector for energy companies. 

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About the State Board of Education

The Texas State Board of Education is an elected executive agency of the Texas state government, responsible for managing the state's public K-12 education. The board is composed of 15 members elected to four-year terms to represent one of the state's 15 education districts. Education district borders are redrawn every 10 years. The first time members meet after getting elected to redrawn districts, seven members selected at random have their current terms shortened to two years, meaning that their seats come up for election in different years than the other eight. Elections are held in even-numbered years. Every two years, the governor selects a chair from among the board's members. The nominee for chair must be approved by the Texas State Senate. If a board member serves two consecutive two-year terms as chair, they are not eligible to be named to the position until four years have passed. Every two years, the board elects a vice chair and secretary from among its members.

Qualifications:

  1. Members of the board may not hold other public office. This also applies to candidates seeking election to the board.

  2. Candidates seeking election to the board must have lived in their district for at least one year as of election day.

  3. Candidates seeking election to the board must be registered to vote in their district.

  4. Candidates seeking election to the board must be at least 26 years of age.

  5. Registered lobbyists representing interests relevant to the board may not serve on the board.

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Board of Education Candidates

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Runoff Candidate Member, State Board of Education, District 1

Laura Marquez Non Profit Professional former para-professional educator, and community advocate

CountiesAtascosa, Bandera, Brewster, Concho, Crane,Crockett, Culberson, Dimmit, Ector, Edwards, El Paso, Frio, Glasscock, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kimble, Kinney, La Salle, Loving, Maverick, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler, Zapata, Zavala

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Runoff Candidate Member, State Board of Education, District 1

Melissa N. Ortega UTEP with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on education. My graduate degrees focused on STEM education. I attended both the Umeå University in Sweden where I studied Transnational Feminism and UTEP, where I received my Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning & Culture. My dissertation research focused on the identity and learning outcomes of mentor veteran teachers in STEM education. I have a full-time faculty position and Dissertation Coordinator role at the American College of Education online and am a college instructor at UTEP in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. I hold Texas Teaching Certifications in middle school science, generalist 4-8, and Principal certification for grades K-12. I have several years of experience coordinating and directing programs in the university and public school district settings where I have supervised the Master Teacher Academies program for STEM Education, Field Experience and Student Teaching, Advanced Academics, Middle School Science District Instruction and Staff Development. I also supervised and ran the Academics division for Informational Technology for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso where I supported the medical school, dental school, nursing school, and graduate program of biomedical studies. I was admitted into the Superintendent Certification program through the University of Arlington Texas in January 2017. Outside of my career, I currently serve on the board of directors, and mentored West Texas 2018 graduating seniors for the Rural Schools Education Program and Scholarship Foundation. I was the Director of Cotton Valley Comunitarios where students from the community of Fabens, Ft. Hancock, San Elizario, and Tornillo Independent School District are served. In the past I served on the Board of Directors for the El Paso Insights Science Center. In this role I facilitated ongoing educational outreach to schools within the region and worked collaboratively with the community to promote education. I founded the first 5K Run for Science where I facilitated the event and raised thousands of dollars in donations to help obtain more funding for exhibits and programs. . 

Counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Brewster, Concho, Crane,Crockett, Culberson, Dimmit, Ector, Edwards, El Paso, Frio, Glasscock, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kimble, Kinney, La Salle, Loving, Maverick, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler, Zapata, Zavala

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Runoff Candidate Member, State Board of Education, District 2

Pete Garcia served the South Texas community for the past two decades as a school trustee, city commissioner, and parish volunteer. He has lifted up our students and families while helping build a safe and prosperous community. Pete is running for the State Board of Education to serve the needs of all 5.4 million Texas students and protect the rights of our parents and teachers.

CountiesAransas, Calhoun,  Cameron, Colorado, De Witt, Goliad, Hidalgo, Jackson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton, Willacy

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Runoff Candidate Member, State Board of Education, District 2

Victor Perez Executive Director, Administrator for School Operations at Progreso Independent School District after having served in various leadership capacities at the district since 2004. Prior to his employment at Progreso, Perez worked for PSJA Independent School District as an educator, Head Athletic Coordinator and Student Liaison. Perez graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Along with his management experience, Perez has an extensive background in public service and community development. Perez served as a City Commissioner and as a Planning and Zoning Board Member for the City of Alamo. Perez also sat on the governing board of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, the area’s regional council of governments, for eight years. Perez is a former PSJA School Board Trustee, where he served his community for 8 years.

Counties: Aransas, Calhoun,  Cameron, Colorado, De Witt, Goliad, Hidalgo, Jackson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton, Willacy

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Winner of Primary Member, State Board of Education, District 3 Marisa Perea-Diaz (IN) Executive Director Foundation, Eighth-grade English Language Arts and Reading teacher, department chair, pre-service and new-service teacher mentor and professional development educator in the same district for more than a decade. 
Pérez holds educator certifications in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 8-12 and Generalist certifications for grades 4-8 from the UT at El Paso. She holds degrees in Business Administration/Accounting and Human Resource Development. She is the author of Unity Framework: Critical Literacy Lessons and Women of the Americas: a teatro."  Pérez continues her work in curriculum and framework development, educator training, and creating access and equity in public education. She was also elected by her SBOE peers as the only Democrat to serve on the state's Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee, which helped to establish broad goals for the Texas public school system. Pérez was instrumental in spearheading policy creating a statewide course in Mexican American Studies as well as developing a fast-track for additional ethnic studies courses and making Texas the only state in the nation to offer the course to all high school students. She is recognized for her leadership on Path2Diploma, an initiative which allows school districts to grant high school diplomas to individuals previously denied diplomas due to standardized testing requirements.Pérez is known as passionate advocate for literacy. She has worked with various organizations and businesses to coordinate a book distribution program and founded Tu Libro, which has provided more than 500,000 books to students who live in rural and impoverished communities in El Paso County and who don’t have regular access to a library. Pérez and her team have spearheaded the creation of a library in Socorro, which is the second-largest municipality in El Paso County, providing more than 55,000 area residents with free access to English and Spanish reading materials. Pérez is the founder and president of the Rural School Education Program & Scholarship Foundation for students and families in El Paso's rural communities. Her initiatives include college and career mentorship programs for graduating seniors, awarding scholarships to students, and grant to public classroom teachers. She is the founder of the Texas Student Civic Engagement Project and a YWCA racial justice ambassador.

Counties:  Bee,  Bexar, Brooks, Duval, Gonzales, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Lavaca, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, Wilson 

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Runoff Candidate Member, State Board of Education, District 4

Staci Childs Attorney,Staci Childs was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and lives in Houston, Texas. Childs earned a degree from Hampton University and a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Her career experience includes owning a private legal practice and working as an attorney and a language arts teacher. Childs runs the non-profit GirlTalk University.

Counties: parts of Fort Bend and Harris 

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Runoff Candidate Member, State Board of Education, District 4

Coretta Mallet-Fontenot She has both her Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in education from Texas Southern University. She is currently a second grade teacher at James H. Law Elementary School. Coretta is a wife, mother, teacher, and community leader.  She believes that now is the time to invest  in our children.  

Counties: parts of Fort Bend and Harris 

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Winner 0f the Primary Member, State Board of Education, District 5 

Rebecca Bell-Metereau (IN) Professor, bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1973, a graduate degree from Indiana University in 1973, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1981. Her career experience includes working as a professor of English and film at Texas State University. 

  • Rebecca Bell-Metereau serves on the Texas State Board of Education and represents District 5 in central Texas. She is running for re-election in the March 1, 2022 Democratic Primary.

  • Rebecca is a dedicated teacher and an award-winning professor of English and film at Texas State University.

  • Rebecca is dedicated to providing Texas schoolchildren with a 21st Century education. That includes teaching factually accurate history, science and sex education.

  • Rebecca is committed to reducing our over-reliance on high-stakes testing.

  • Rebecca works to ensure that our $46 billion Permanent School Fund is invested wisely and used solely to improve public education in Texas.

Counties:Bexar, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall,  Kerr, Llano, Mason, San Saba, Travis

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Winner 0f the Primary Member, State Board of Education, District 6

Michelle Palmer Teacher, I have been a teacher since 2009. I have taught Mathematics, ELA, and Social Studies. I am very familiar with much of the core curriculum in Texas and will work to make certain that it is based in scientific and historical fact. 

Counties:Western and Northwest Harris County

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Winner 0f the Primary Member, State Board of Education, District  7

Dan Hochman Science Professor

Counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine, Tyler

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Winner of Primary Member, State Board of Education, District 11

Luis Miguel Sifuentes Human Resources Bachelors Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana, Luis spent a year abroad teaching English in Japan with the JET program. After his time in Japan, Luis taught with Teach For America teaching Texas history at King Academy in San Antonio. In Fort Worth, Luis continued his teaching career as a middle school social studies teacher with FWISD for an additional three years. Indiana University's MBA program on a full tuition scholarship.  Career in Human Resources as a Talent Lead for a manufacturer in North Texas.   

Counties: Dallas, Parker, Tarrant

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Winner of the Primary Member, State Board of Education, District 12

Alex Cornwallis Sr. Cloud Architect. Alex holds a senior position in the corporate world as a cloud engineer. His unique skillset allows him to understand the ways technology can help enhance our school systems and prepare us for a world that continues to expand with the use of technology. His unique position as a technology expert gives him an edge on understanding what types of opportunities need to be available for students to prepare them for the jobs of the future. He takes pride in his work, and recognizes that the challenges the education system in Texas face are not new because of the pandemic, but amplified issues within our system that were already there. We need to be able to hold virtual classrooms when it is needed. We need to ensure we expand rural broadband to make sure every student in the district and state has the ability to learn from anywhere at any time. Alex has over two decades of experience in managing resources, creating & implementing training curriculums for technologists and collaborating with industry leaders to achieve results. Alex’s style is results oriented and focuses on collaboration to ensure the best results. 

Counties: Collin, Dallas, Delta

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Winner of the Primary Member, State Board of Education, District 13

Aicha Davis(IN) Community Engagement Manager

Educator Aicha Davis, a Democrat, was elected to the State Board of Education in November 2018. She represents about 1.7 million Texans who live in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.Davis serves on the board's Committee on Instruction, which deals with issues such as curriculum and graduation requirements, instructional materials issues, and gifted and talented education. A native of Decatur, Mississippi, Davis began her education career as a sixth-grade reading and science teacher in Louisiana. She later moved to high school where she taught advanced sciences and engineering and coached robotics teams.

She moved to Texas in 2011 where she has since worked in the Irving and DeSoto school districts. Davis enrolled in language development classes, studied Spanish, and obtained her English as a Second Language certification so she could better communicate with her Texas students. She also holds a Texas science certification and a principal certification. Davis is now a doctoral student in education leadership and policy at the University of North Texas. She holds a master’s degree in education administration from that university and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi. Davis was a recognized fellow with Leadership ISD Dallas and is a national ranked robotics and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) coach.

Counties: Dallas and Tarrant

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Winner of the Primary Member, State Board of Education, District 14

Tracey Fisher Education Advocate Tracy Fisher has served as a Coppell ISD School Board Trustee since 2012, an active community volunteer at the school, district, regional, and state levels for nearly twenty-five years. She is tenaciously committed to helping make public education a Texas priority. She promises to stand up for all Texas kids, provide proper 21st-century education, and keep Texas public school funds in Texas public schools. A lifelong learner, Tracy's dedication as a school board member has included regional participation in the North Texas Area Association of School Boards, North Texas School Board Women's group, and North Texas Regional Consortium. At the state level, she has served as a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Legislative Advisory Council member since 2013 and on the Legislative Committee, an elected position, for six years. Her nearly ten-year service on the CISD School board has included president and vice president roles. Fisher received the Leadership TASB 2019 "Celebration of Leadership" award, and in 2021, she received their first-ever school board "Advocate of the Year" award recognizing her impact at the state level. Tracy has a diverse business leadership background in strategic and tactical roles -- Supply Chain Management at Frito Lay and Human Resources, Marketing, Customer Service, and Operations at LSG Sky Chefs. She has led large and focused teams, developed and trained management, including C-Suite level, and served as liaison to corporate customers like American Airlines. These significant organizational experiences and opportunities helped develop the innovation and transformational leadership skills that drive Tracy's education advocacy and community service.

Counties: Bosque, Brown, Comanche, Coryell, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Lampasas ,  McLennan, Mills, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Somervell, Stephens

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