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Why was the Status Quo Upheld in CFISD Board Election?

Trustees Covey, Ogletree, and Ryan were reelected Tuesday, some by large margins, over an effort by conservatives to oust them from office.

Cy-Fair ISD voters returned John Ogletree, Don Ryan, and Bob Covey to the board of trustees for another three-year term Tuesday, after a concerted effort  to oust the incumbents.

Conservative challengers Bill Henderson, Kay Smith, and Scott Adams lost in their bids for the board, by 20 percent, 11 percent, and just 4 percent respectively.

Despite a banner year for Republicans and conservative candidates, I am a little surprised all three challengers failed. But in the end, what I think helped Ogletree, Ryan and Covey was group cohesiveness.

Did the signs cause CFISD's board challengers to fail?

People always seem to respond to “groupspeak.”  With the Citizens for Quality Cy-Fair ISD Trustees PAC behind them, joint signage, and what seemed like a good presence of canvassers at the polls, people more easily identified with the incumbents in a year when anti-incumbent sentiment was the theme.

If cohesion was a winning strategy, the conservative triumvirate had a mixed message of sorts, with similar-sized signs and apple logo, but different colors.

Adams, who was closest to winning, had black-on-yellow signage, far different from the red and blue signs the other two challengers used.

Sheer numbers clearly were also in play online and at the polls; on Facebook, the PAC has over 750 supporters, versus just 127 for the conservative challengers.

So, was it the cohesiveness and ease of incumbency, or the failings of the challengers to use such a strategy that caused them to fail? Hit me up in comments…

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Allen Fletcher Forgets Who Employed Him, Goes Native

Allen Fletcher

"Native Son" State Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-130)

Like so many who have gone to Austin before him, State Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-130) has forgotten who his boss is–the people of the 130th Texas House district!

On Fletcher’s Facebook profile, the Republican freshman shows how out of touch he is by incorrectly listing “Texas Capitol” as his employer.  After only a single term, Fletcher has gone native! We might as well call him an Austinite! By forgetting those to whom he is beholden, its probably be we lower our expectations.

BUT WAIT! A conservative waits in the wings! Please vote for Joe Spencer for District 130, and lets get ourselves a real, responsive representative again!

If elected, Joe Spencer won’t go native. In fact, he has professed to vote the will of the people, saying before casting his ballot on any legislation that “The People of District 130 votes…”

Meanwhile, 5 Signs Allen Fletcher has Gone Native

  1. Fletcher thinks eVerify is more important than border security
  2. He was investigated by the Justice Department
  3. Accepted more than $38,000 in special interest contributions
  4. Works closely with Sen. Dan Patrick (R-7)
  5. Authored 6 bills to increase taxes, local bureaucracy (unelected boards)

Please early vote for Joe Spencer for Texas.