Election called to fill HISD open seat


Houston ISD trustees unanimously opted today to let voters choose the next school board representative of the city’s east side.

A special election will be held Nov. 2 to serve the remainder of former Trustee Diana Davila’s term, which runs through 2011. The candidate filing deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 30.

Trustees previously had been leaning toward appointing someone to serve the rest of the term, interviewing eight applicants earlier this week. But on Wednesday, a dozen Hispanic elected officials representing the neighborhoods encompassed by school board District VIII, including state Sen. Mario Gallegos and state Rep. Carol Alvarado, sent them a letter calling for an immediate election.


Last week, trustees voted 5-3 against an election. Community outcry swayed them to rethink that decision, which had the support of all the board’s Anglo trustees.

Apparently there was consensus in the community, and the board wisely acted on it. Took them long enough, but better to get it right slow than wrong fast. I’ll be interested to see who files for this race.

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