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Texas school board races still more competitive during odd-year elections but % of incumbents who lost re-election may buck trend | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Marielle Bricker | Ballotpedia via – 2023-06-21 10:15:00

Texas school board elections tend to see more candidates file per seat in odd-numbered years than in even-numbered years. Between 2018 and 2023, odd-numbered election years have averaged 2.08 candidates per seat, while even-numbered election years have averaged 1.78 candidates per seat. The highest average number of candidates per seat in Texas school board elections occurred in 2021 when 2.20 candidates filed per seat. The lowest average number of candidates per seat was in 2020 with 1.68 candidates per seat.

By contrast, school board incumbents in Texas between 2018 and 2023 were more likely to lose re-election in even-numbered years than in odd-numbered years. During even-numbered years, 19.76% of incumbents who ran for re-election were defeated compared to the 14.44% of incumbents in odd-numbered years. The highest average percentage of school board incumbents who lost re-election was in 2022 with 25.28%. The lowest average percentage of incumbents who lost re-election was in 2019 with 9.63%.

In 2023, Ballotpedia will cover elections for 172 Texas school board seats. Of those, 150 seats were on the ballot in May. Those May elections saw an average of 2.04 candidates per seat. If the volume of candidates filing for seats in November matches the May numbers, Texas will continue to see a higher number of candidates per seat in odd-numbered years than in even-numbered years.

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During the May 2023 election, 22.02% of incumbents lost re-election. If the November elections mirror the May elections, 2023 will have the second-highest percentage of school board incumbents lose re-election between 2018 and 2023, coming in second to the 2022 election and breaking the trend of incumbents losing re-election in higher rates in even-numbered years.

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Kenneth Zink accused: Houston firefighter out on bond after allegedly filming 14-year-old girl in the shower, court records state

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abc13.com – Alex Bozarjian – 2024-02-25 23:27:02

SUMMARY: Houston firefighter Kenneth Zink, accused of filming a 14-year-old girl in the shower, has been released on bond. Additional child pornography was found on his phone during a search by police. Zink, who has been with the Houston Fire Department for 21 years, confessed to the crime. He will be removed from his assignment and placed on administrative status as the department investigates. Zink is not allowed contact with minors under 17 years old as part of his bond conditions. The department stated that his actions do not reflect their values. The investigation is ongoing.

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Franklin Aribeana heart surgery: Houston man nearly dies after drinking ice-cold water, sent to multiple emergency room visits

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abc13.com – Lileana Pearson – 2024-02-25 22:51:47

SUMMARY: Houston man Franklin Aribeana almost died from drinking cold water due to a rare heart condition that triggered atrial fibrillation (Afib). Over 15 years, he had numerous hospital visits before connecting the dots and needing heart surgery. Genetic testing revealed a gene mutation causing the Afib when cold water touched the vagus nerve in his throat. Aribeana underwent an ablation surgery to stop the connection between the nerve and heart, leading to a full recovery. His message is to pay attention to symptoms and seek help if needed. His story highlights the importance of listening to your body and seeking medical attention when necessary.

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Texas Longhorns softball storms back to beat Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 5-4

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www.kxan.com – Billy Gates – 2024-02-25 22:33:51

SUMMARY: No. 2 Texas rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Louisiana 5-4 at McCombs Field. Despite giving up runs in the first inning, Texas responded by scoring four runs in the first two innings to tie the game and take the lead. Reese Atwood had a strong performance at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two RBIs. Pitchers Mac Morgan, Citlaly Gutierrez, and Teagan Kavan contributed to the win. The Longhorns improve to 12-1 for the season and will play Texas State before hosting the Longhorn Invitational.

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