Attorney Beats Teacher in HISD Trustee District VIII Runoff

The Houston Independent School District is getting another new trustee. Juliet Stipeche narrowly defeated Judith Cruz yesterday in a runoff election. Stipeche will finish out the term of Diana Davila, who left the district 8 seat in July. David Pitman has more.

Juliet Stipeche

Stipeche will have only 11 months on the board before she faces re-election.  An attorney who has lived her entire life in Houston, Stipeche says she has three clear goals for the remainder of the term.

“One, we maintain our magnet programs.  Two, we focus on providing quality nutrition to the kids.  And, three, make sure our schools are safe and that we have a strong anti-bullying policy enforced in our schools.”

Stipeche beat Cruz by fewer than 50 votes.  Barely more than 2,000 bothered to cast ballots.  So what’s up with the low turnout? 

“Voter fatigue.  People weren’t really sure what this race was about.  And, I can say, maybe the holidays?  That also played a role.”

Stipeche, who was endorsed by the teachers’ union and a number of Hispanic political action committees, will be sworn in at HISD’s next board meeting a week from tomorrow. 


David Pitman

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