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First of all, before I talk about Traci Jensen, let me say that I got called last night by an automated poll.  They wanted to know who I would vote for in the Harris County Democratic Primary races for sheriff, DA, Judge Kirkland – Palmer, and Dem Chair Lane Lewis – Douglas. I was also asked about the direction of Harris County.  I wonder what’s up with this poll.

Earlier this year, my good friend HISD Trustee Anna Eastman asked me to meet with Traci Jensen candidate for State Board of Education (SBOE), District 6.   Traci and I visited at length about her background, her experiences and knowledge about the SBOE, curriculum issues, politics, and the challenges of campaigning in a district roughly covering half of Harris County and twice the size in population of a congressional district.  I came away from the meeting very impressed with her grasp of the issues.   She knows what’s happening in the classrooms.

We decided to work together.   I’ve watched her campaign, go before numerous screening committees, and grow as a candidate.    Her campaign is starting to get noticed and picking up support.  Here is what a few key Democratic leaders are saying about Traci:

“I am supporting Traci because of her common sense approach to education and commitment to a rich, deep curriculum for Texas students.  Traci is also willing to advocate for evidence based, medically accurate sex education a critical factor in reducing the high teen pregnancy rates throughout the state, but particularly in Harris County.  Her experience as an educator and as a current parent of a public school student will offer a new perspective to the State Board of Education.” – Anna Eastman, HISD Trustee.

“The State Board of Education needs strong and knowledgeable leaders like Traci Jensen.  I hope you will join me in supporting her candidacy.” – State Senator John Whitmire.

“Traci Jensen respects and embraces the richness of our community’s diversity.   She’ll make a valuable member of the State Board of Education.” – Noel Freeman, President, Houston GLBT Caucus.

“Texas has gone from the leader of public education to an embarrassing punch line on late night TV talk shows.  Traci Jensen will work to end the divisive rhetoric and put ALL Texas school children ahead of politics and ideology.” – Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez.

Traci has also been endorsed by Alief Federation of Teachers, Harris County AFL-CIO, Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Houston Federation of Teachers, Houston Young Stonewall Democrats, Katy Democrats, and Area 5 Democrats.

I’ve learned a lot from Traci in the time we’ve been working together.  With 25 days remaining before the May 29 Election Day and 10 days before Early Voting begins, the campaign will continue the daunting task of reaching out to voters from Montrose to Tomball and from the near Northside to Katy.  Hey, but who’s complaining! 

You’ll be hearing about a couple of receptions for Traci that will be held next weekend and the following Monday. Go to www.jensen4stateboard.com  to learn more about Traci.

What was accomplished in MLB 37 years ago today?  Hint:  It involved a ‘Stro.

Speaking of, H-Town CM James Rodriguez and his son Jake went to The Yard Wednesday afternoon.  James’ Milby High classmate, Adrian Johnson (AJ), is now a MLB umpire and was calling first base Wednesday.  Before the game, he brought James and Jake on to the field and James got to visit with one of his old bosses, Mets skipper Terry Collins.  Collins was skipper of the ‘Stros during part of James’ batboy days – cool. 

Yesterday, Commentary was interviewed by Huffington Post about candidates campaigning and appealing to the Latino vote through Cinco de Mayo events.  I don’t think the story has been posted yet.  What do I know?

Bob Watson of the ‘Stros scored the 1,000,000th run in MLB history of course at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on May 4, 1975, the day after CM Rodriguez was born.

The Big Puma, Carlos Beltran, and San Luis visit The Yard this weekend with Belted Pink Bags, Los Astros lids, and Pink Yoga Mats getting handed out to the early arrivers.  See ya there!

 

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