647 of 647 Precincts (100%)
Longtime school board Trustees James Howard (D2) and Olga M. Hernandez (D6) held on to their seats in the only two contested races in the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD).
In the District 2 race, Howard easily outdistanced the relatively unknown challenger, Jason Mims, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. Howard received 1,485 votes, 71.57%, to Mims’ 590 votes, 28.43%. The race was so lopsided that Howard sent out a press release declaring victory shortly after early vote results were released. Howard, the first African-American to serve as president of the SAISD school board, a position he relinquished to current President Ed Garza, has held his seat for more than 16 years and is credited with helping save Sam Houston High School from being closed. Howard is a lifelong resident of the district.
“I look forward to another term on the board. We need to continue our positive momentum in District 2,” James stated.
The District 6 race was closer, but even facing four challengers, Hernandez showed significant political support, finishing with 1,316 votes, 52.06%, versus 915 votes, 36.19% for her closest challenger, Scott Meltzer, deputy director of the 80/20 Foundation, a former City Year director and Communities in Schools counselor.
District Five Trustee Patti Radle also was up for re-election but did not draw an opponent.
Click here to see final results as they are posted by the Bexar County Elections Office.
*Featured/top image: The SAISD Board. Photo by Scott Ball.