Kingsbery & Pulido locked in runoff battles

It’s been a very long weekend plus a Monday, but Pulido (District 4) and Kingsbery (District 8) will continue to push hard into their runoff elections.

Important UPDATE on early voting and election day info:

  • Early voting starts June 9th
  • Election day is June 21st

Please get out the vote again for these candidates!

Kingsbery’s left this message on his Facebook campaign page Saturday night:

Thank you all for your support in my campaign. Today has been nonstop since 4am and it paid off. I garnered the largest percentage of the vote at 45% to the incumbent’s 31%. He lost today by 69% of the vote. The people have spoken, they want someone else on the board, and now they have that opportunity before them. There will be a run off election, details to come in the near future. I still need your support, as we have to bring this home.

Pulido shared a similar message for her supporters:

Friends & Family: THANK YOU so much for your prayers, love, and support throughout this journey. I was blessed to receive the most votes; however, there will be a run off on June 14 because it was not the majority of the votes. I thank you in advance for your continued support. With much gratitude, Lorraine… Here’s an excerpt from the San Antonio Express-News website: “In the Alamo Colleges District 4 race, Lorena “Lorraine” Pulido and Albert R. Herrera knocked Enedina “Exon” Kikuyu out of contention. District 4 encompasses much of the Southwest Side. Pulido, a city of San Antonio public relations manager and Texas A&M University-San Antonio instructor, led voting but was forced into a runoff with Herrera, business manager for Lighthouse Charter School and former South San Antonio Independent School District trustee. Pulido said she wants to build better communication between the board members, students and stakeholders. In the event of a runoff, Pulido said she would continue “to reach out to the community, block walking, calling them, going to (homeowners association) meetings and reiterating that I am the most qualified, the most educated, the most experienced candidate.”

Unfortunately, Grieder lost to incumbent Rinduss in District 9. We received reports of Rindfuss engaging in voter intimidation at one of the polling locations on Saturday, but we don’t have any other information at this time. Stay tuned…

The Express-News offered up more on the Kingsbery v. Beitzel battle for District 8:

Beitzel said Kingsbery’s campaign materials contained inaccuracies, including a claim that the Alamo Colleges is planning to pay about $3.5 million to train students and employees on Franklin Covey materials, such as “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” District officials said they have spent $691,000 to train all employees and many students.

Kingsbery’s campaign website linked that figure to an article by the San Antonio College student newspaper, and Kingsbery acknowledged that the amount already spent is lower than $3.5 million.

If Beitzel is “questioning my sources, that’s fine,” he said. “But he didn’t have a problem with it before.”

Kingsbery said taking the lead in the election meant “the people have said we do not like the old. We want someone new in there. We want some change.”

The Texas Public Information Act request filed by the ACCD FLAA turned up some interesting math regarding the EDUC 1300 FranklinCovey course. Covey wants $100 for each student who takes the course. Add that up times 60,000 students and you get a lot more than $3.5 million. Emails between District administrators also show how desperate they were to get the emphasis off of FranklinCovey. There’s more developing with this story so stay tuned…

 

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