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15 Candidates

How many hitters does Justin Verlander have to strikeout to reach the career 3,000 strikeout milestone?

There is one more candidate in the #TXHD148SpecialElection here:

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Here is from Kuffer this morning:

Most of these HD148 candidates we’ve discussed before. One of the four new names is Ryan McConnico, who was Farrar’s Republican opponent in 2018. Of the other three, the only one I can positively identify is Michele Leal, though there’s not yet any biographical info on her Facebook page or nascent campaign webpage. Here’s the public part of her LinkedIn profile, which notes her past presidency of the Latin Women’s Initiative, which in turn tells me she also goes by Michele Leal Farah. As for Rob Block and Carol Denson, I can find people with those names, but none that I can say with any degree of certainty are the people who filed for this election. If you know something about them, please leave a comment.

Three other points of note: Like Campos (who lists each candidate’s occupation), I don’t know what the deal is with the quotes around Penny Shaw’s maiden name. I don’t know if longtime Republican Chris Carmona is calling himself an independent due to a pure-hearted change of mind or a cynical attempt to differentiate himself from the other Republicans. And despite filing a CTA, it appears that Anna Nunez did not follow through and enter the race. Not sure what happened there.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=92094.

This is the latest on the HISD Board trying to, well, here is from the Chron:

Seeking to stave off dramatic state intervention, Houston ISD trustees voted Thursday to direct Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan to file an appeal of Wheatley High School’s failing grade, even though district administrators said they have found no basis for a successful appeal.

The 7-1 vote followed the announcement in mid-August that preliminary results show Wheatley received its seventh consecutive failing grade under the state’s academic accountability system, triggering a state law that requires Wheatley’s closure or the replacement of HISD’s school board. Barring a successful appeal or an unexpected change, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath is widely expected in the coming months to oust the district’s school board.

Trustees favoring the appeal said the district should fight for its students and community by seeking to get Wheatley’s grade changed. The campus would have received a passing grade this year if two more graduates from its Class of 2018 had met state requirements for college, career or military readiness.

“We’re already at the end of the rope, as some would say it, so I’m not afraid to keep going if it has to do with kids,” HISD Board President Diana Dávila said.

The district’s administration, however, said they have extensively investigated avenues for a successful appeal and found none.

“We have tried really, really hard to find anything we can hang out hat on at Wheatley, and we cannot find anything that would be an allowable appeal that would be granted,” said Carla Stevens, HISD’s assistant superintendent of research and accountability.

Here is all of the Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/HISD-board-orders-appeal-of-Wheatley-s-failing-14417858.php.


Justin Verlander has struck out 2,963 batters in his career so he needs to strikeout another 37 to reach the 3,000 milestone mark of course.

What a game last night. What a game

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