Carroll ISD school board race results in high turnout
Southlake’s two ridings reported over 40% voter turnout on Tuesday night, while most Tarrant County ridings reported single-digit turnout.
SOUTHLAKE, Texas – This is one of the biggest races to watch in Tarrant County.
Voters flocked to Southlake Town Hall on Tuesday, divided over who should fill a vacant seat on the Carroll ISD school board.
At the heart of the race for school boards: a diversity and equality plan called the Cultural Competencies Action Plan (PACC). The burning issue surrounding the school board race drew a high turnout.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, both Southlake constituencies reported over 40% voter turnout. That’s a much higher number than a majority or a constituency in Tarrant County, where the turnout was only single digits.
Candidate Stephanie Williams, Carroll ISD’s relative and former teacher, stood outside among her supporters.
She said the goal of her campaign was to end the shouting back and forth at school board meetings.
“I want us to get back to talking about these students. I think we’ve been distracted by the politics and all the noise, and if we go back to conversations about students, we’re going to find some common ground, ”Williams said.
Across the town square, a group of people gathered to support candidate Andrew Yeager. Yeager is a parent of Carroll and a news sales manager.
He has spoken openly about CCAP at previous public meetings and says his main focus is on the school budget.
“We represent the parents. We are not a conduit for students with radical ideas. We represent parents and taxpayers, ”Yeager said.
WFAA contacted Yeager repeatedly for weeks. On Tuesday, he spoke with WFAA reporter William Joy.
“I don’t think direct politics should influence the way education policy and curriculum are developed. Let’s teach our students how to think, not what to think, ”Yeager said.
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Emma Niewald, a Southlake voter and Carroll ISD alumnus, felt passionate about running for school boards. She voted for Williams.
“I feel so embarrassed and ashamed to be a part of this community, so I really hope we can get leadership that better represents everyone here,” said Niewald.
Another Southlake voter, Gene Upshaw, voted for Yeager.
“I’m against all this liberalism that’s going on all over the country,” Upshaw said. “I’m against critical racial theory, and I think it’s parents’ job to teach them that.”
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines Critical Race Theory as an intellectual movement that views race as a culturally invented category used to oppress people of color. Additionally, Critical Race Theory is the idea that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist and operate to create a continuation of social, political, and economic inequalities between whites and the non-living.
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The candidate who wins the school board seat will keep it until May 2022. There will be a run-off to determine who will occupy that seat for the full three-year term.
Both candidates said they felt supported in the moments leading up to the close of polls.
“Whatever happens, we’re ready to start all over again in May for the permanent position,” said Williams.
At 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Yeager led with 65 percent of the vote.