A few more election wrapup pieces to finish off the week...
I asked Trevino who he thought his supporters were. He identified three voting blocs that he cultivated:
* HISD teachers and staff: Trevino worked 32 years in the district, so he placed calls to former colleagues and union leaders. That seems like a good strategy, considering the HISD bond proposal drove many voters, and presumably HISD workers, to the polls.
* East Side voters: For much of his career, Trevino worked for schools in the heavily Hispanic East Side, including as principal of Austin High School. "There was a lot of name recognition out there," he said. "I was the principal that handed them their diploma." Presumably, voters who came out in District I for the Rodriguez/Marron race also recognized Trevino's name.
* Runners in Memorial Park: Talk about a simple campaign strategy. On the weekends, at least half a dozen times, Trevino set up a little table, stocked an ice chest with water and beer, and greeted runners.
"Right now is the marathon season, so a lot of people are out getting ready," he explained. "Most marathoners are educated people who vote."
The Caucus Blog notes that with the exception of Kevin Hoffman and his close loss in the HCCS Trustee race, every candidate and proposition endorsed by the Houston GLBT Political Caucus won or made it to the runoff. I'd say their support of the HISD bond was the biggest victory for them. The Caucus has gotten a lot of good results for its endorsements lately; they should be proud of what they did this cycle.
Finally, Miya Shay attends a Greater Houston Partnership postmortem of the election and gets a few good quotes from the assembled panel. Check it out.Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 09, 2007 to Election 2007