Republican Bahorich wins spot on education board

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Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Donna Bahorich has won a spot on the State Board of Education representing part of the Houston area.

Bahorich beat Democrat Traci Jensen for the District 6 spot formerly held by social conservative Republican Terri Leo, who didn't seek re-election.

A bloc of social conservative Republicans on the board has drawn attention in the past for ideological battles including drawing doubts to the theory of evolution. Bahorich says she's a social conservative but her vote will depend on the issue.

Bahorich, former communications director for Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick, founded a non-profit group offering supplemental classes for homeschooled children.

All 15 board spots are up for re-election following redistricting. The board's responsibilities include establishing the state's public school curriculum, approving textbooks and managing the state's permanent school fund.

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