An important election is upon us.  It has nothing to do with who should answer the phone at 3 a.m.  You probably won’t see any television advertisements for the candidates.  It is unlikely that five thousand people will show up to vote.  I am referring to the Tarrant County College District Trustee Election.

 

If you live in the mid-cities area or Arlington, you get to vote for your representative on the TCCD Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 10.

 

Why should you care?

 

  • The TCCD Board of Trustees is responsible for footing the bill for the new downtown campus, which has soared to $300 million.  This campus was supposed to be operating by 2008, but still has not been completed.
  • The board commissioned a study that revealed that the new campus is in an area that is very high-risk for rape.  When the study was completed, the board tried to keep the documents from being released to the public.
  • The board was supposed to propose a bond for the original estimated $100 million cost of the downtown campus, which residents would be able to vote on.  Instead, they managed to save away enough money to fund the project without asking tax-payers for the green light.  Where did $100 million dollars come from?  It was reallocated from other programs on the existing campuses.

 

You can find out about ballot times and locations on the TCCD website.  I would encourage you to do a little research on the candidates and head to the polls.

 

Vaya con Dios, amigos.

The Judge