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Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, the capstone of a tumultuous and divisive campaign that won over white voters with the promise to “Make America Great Again,” NPR reports.

In Harris County:

Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Harris County Ed Gonzalez won over incumbent Ron Hickman with 53 percent of the vote.

Kim Ogg won a rematch of the Harris County District Attorney race against Republican incumbent Devon Anderson. 

Voters defeated a controversial school finance measure on the ballot for the Houston Independent School District, known as Proposition 1, sending the state’s largest school district into uncharted waters.

 

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Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, the capstone of a tumultuous and divisive campaign that won over white voters with the promise to “Make America Great Again,” NPR reports.

In Harris County:

Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Harris County Ed Gonzalez won over incumbent Ron Hickman with 53 percent of the vote.

Kim Ogg won a rematch of the Harris County District Attorney race against Republican incumbent Devon Anderson. 

Voters defeated a controversial school finance measure on the ballot for the Houston Independent School District, known as Proposition 1, sending the state’s largest school district into uncharted waters.

 

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Voters defeated a controversial school finance measure on the ballot for the Houston Independent School District, known as Proposition 1, sending the state's largest school district into uncharted waters.

The measure asked HISD taxpayers if they would send a check to the state to help fund education, to the tune of $162 million next spring and in the form of "attendance tax credits."

With more than half of ballots counted, more than 60 percent of voters rejected the measure while just under 40 percent were in favor.

A powerful coalition lined up against the measure, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, several HISD trustees and the Houston Federation of Teachers. A political action committee, Houstonians for Stronger Schools, waged an ad campaign and spent over $100,000.

"I am so proud of the people of Houston who voted against this measure with the understanding that this is just the first step in our fight for justice for the many students and families that depend on us," Turner said in a statement. "We need a realistic and effective public school education finance model that protects our local dollars and more importantly provides the resources necessary to enhance the opportunities for the students of the Houston Independent School District."

The defeat triggers an unprecedented situation.

Technically, state law still requires HISD to share some of its money – just another way. It allows the state’s Education Commissioner to detach valuable commercial property from HISD’s tax base and let another, property-poor district tax it instead. No other school district in the state has rejected this kind of school finance measure before.

Opponents, like Turner, argued that the payment to the state would take money away from needy children in Houston and a "no" vote could force the Texas Legislature to reform the state’s complicated school finance system.

"Today is a win for our schools, students and the community, but the fight is not over," said HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones in a statement. "We must now lobby the Texas Legislature to ensure that HISD has the appropriate level of funding to create opportunities for all of our students."

It’s not clear, however, if state lawmakers will take up school finance reform. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Houston-area Republican who also leads the state senate, has mentioned lawmakers need a special session to address school finance, because there’s not enough time in the 140-day regular session. Gov. Greg Abbott, also a Republican, publicly rejected that idea, saying a special session on education isn’t needed.

The HISD board of trustees put the proposition on the ballot because the state’s largest school district now qualifies as a property-wealthy district, even if the majority of its students come from low-income households. It has to share some of its property tax revenue under the state’s Robin Hood plan, also known as recapture. It’s meant to equalize wealth among rich and poor school districts, who largely depend on property-tax revenue to pay for schools.

 

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[audio mp3="https://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/10110812/08379_HISD-Prop-One-Result.mp3"][/audio]

Voters defeated a controversial school finance measure on the ballot for the Houston Independent School District, known as Proposition 1, sending the state's largest school district into uncharted waters.

The measure asked HISD taxpayers if they would send a check to the state to help fund education, to the tune of $162 million next spring and in the form of "attendance tax credits."

With more than half of ballots counted, more than 60 percent of voters rejected the measure while just under 40 percent were in favor.

A powerful coalition lined up against the measure, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, several HISD trustees and the Houston Federation of Teachers. A political action committee, Houstonians for Stronger Schools, waged an ad campaign and spent over $100,000.

"I am so proud of the people of Houston who voted against this measure with the understanding that this is just the first step in our fight for justice for the many students and families that depend on us," Turner said in a statement. "We need a realistic and effective public school education finance model that protects our local dollars and more importantly provides the resources necessary to enhance the opportunities for the students of the Houston Independent School District."

The defeat triggers an unprecedented situation.

Technically, state law still requires HISD to share some of its money – just another way. It allows the state’s Education Commissioner to detach valuable commercial property from HISD’s tax base and let another, property-poor district tax it instead. No other school district in the state has rejected this kind of school finance measure before.

Opponents, like Turner, argued that the payment to the state would take money away from needy children in Houston and a "no" vote could force the Texas Legislature to reform the state’s complicated school finance system.

"Today is a win for our schools, students and the community, but the fight is not over," said HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones in a statement. "We must now lobby the Texas Legislature to ensure that HISD has the appropriate level of funding to create opportunities for all of our students."

It’s not clear, however, if state lawmakers will take up school finance reform. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Houston-area Republican who also leads the state senate, has mentioned lawmakers need a special session to address school finance, because there’s not enough time in the 140-day regular session. Gov. Greg Abbott, also a Republican, publicly rejected that idea, saying a special session on education isn’t needed.

The HISD board of trustees put the proposition on the ballot because the state’s largest school district now qualifies as a property-wealthy district, even if the majority of its students come from low-income households. It has to share some of its property tax revenue under the state’s Robin Hood plan, also known as recapture. It’s meant to equalize wealth among rich and poor school districts, who largely depend on property-tax revenue to pay for schools.

 

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[caption id="attachment_176859" align="aligncenter" width="4608"]Photo of Ed Gonzalez at his election watch party Ed Gonzalez and his family take the stage at Fitzgerald's in the Heights, as the Democrat declares victory in the race for Harris County sheriff.[/caption]

Ed Gonzalez is Harris County’s next sheriff.

The former Houston police officer and city council member beat Republican incumbent Ron Hickman with 53 to 47 percent of the vote.

Gonzalez was able to take advantage of high turnout among Democrats.

He is the second Latino to be elected sheriff in Harris County after Adrian Garcia in 2008.

At his election watch party, Gonzalez vowed to work with the current sheriff between now and when he takes office – despite a contentious election campaign.

“Hopefully, we can sit down and talk,” he said. “He can give me a status of where things are at right now and what was already in the pipeline, so that we can have a smooth transition come January.”

Gonzalez served 18 years in the Houston Police Department, first as a civilian, then a police officer, retiring as a sergeant in 2009.

He got elected to Houston City Council District H in 2009 and served as mayor pro tem and chairman of the public safety committee, until term limits ended his time on the council in 2015.

He ran for sheriff on the promise to improve the Harris County Jail, vowing to reduce overcrowding by lobbying for bail reform, reducing the number of repeat offenders and working with the district attorney and other law enforcement agencies to encourage diversion programs and methods like cite-and-release to keep low-level offenders out of jail.

Gonzalez also wants to improve inmates’ safety and improve transparency in the sheriff’s office.

He said he wants to get right to work when he takes over.

“We got to see what our clearance rates are, how we could improve investigations,” Gonzalez said. “It’s going to be a comprehensive effort to move things forward.”

Hickman will leave the office after about 19 months as sheriff. The Harris County Commissioner’s Court appointed him in May 2015 to fill out the term started by Garcia, who had to resign to run for Houston mayor.

[caption id="attachment_176836" align="alignright" width="1000"]Ed Gonzalez declares victory as Sheriff of Harris County. Ed Gonzalez declares victory as Sheriff of Harris County.[/caption]

 

 

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[caption id="attachment_176859" align="aligncenter" width="4608"]Photo of Ed Gonzalez at his election watch party Ed Gonzalez and his family take the stage at Fitzgerald's in the Heights, as the Democrat declares victory in the race for Harris County sheriff.[/caption]

Ed Gonzalez is Harris County’s next sheriff.

The former Houston police officer and city council member beat Republican incumbent Ron Hickman with 53 to 47 percent of the vote.

Gonzalez was able to take advantage of high turnout among Democrats.

He is the second Latino to be elected sheriff in Harris County after Adrian Garcia in 2008.

At his election watch party, Gonzalez vowed to work with the current sheriff between now and when he takes office – despite a contentious election campaign.

“Hopefully, we can sit down and talk,” he said. “He can give me a status of where things are at right now and what was already in the pipeline, so that we can have a smooth transition come January.”

Gonzalez served 18 years in the Houston Police Department, first as a civilian, then a police officer, retiring as a sergeant in 2009.

He got elected to Houston City Council District H in 2009 and served as mayor pro tem and chairman of the public safety committee, until term limits ended his time on the council in 2015.

He ran for sheriff on the promise to improve the Harris County Jail, vowing to reduce overcrowding by lobbying for bail reform, reducing the number of repeat offenders and working with the district attorney and other law enforcement agencies to encourage diversion programs and methods like cite-and-release to keep low-level offenders out of jail.

Gonzalez also wants to improve inmates’ safety and improve transparency in the sheriff’s office.

He said he wants to get right to work when he takes over.

“We got to see what our clearance rates are, how we could improve investigations,” Gonzalez said. “It’s going to be a comprehensive effort to move things forward.”

Hickman will leave the office after about 19 months as sheriff. The Harris County Commissioner’s Court appointed him in May 2015 to fill out the term started by Garcia, who had to resign to run for Houston mayor.

[caption id="attachment_176836" align="alignright" width="1000"]Ed Gonzalez declares victory as Sheriff of Harris County. Ed Gonzalez declares victory as Sheriff of Harris County.[/caption]

 

 

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Harris County Results

President

Hillary Clinton (D) 50,465 54.31%
Donald Trump (R) 40,374 43.45%

Sheriff

Ron Hickman (R) 578,830 47.38%
Ed Gonzalez (D) 642,828 52.62%

Harris County District Attorney

Devon Anderson (R) 577,273 45.90%
Kim Ogg (D) 680,356 54.10%

City of Houston, Proposition One

FOR 119,614 37.15%
AGAINST 202,400 62.85%

Updates from the Newsroom

[10:36 p.m. CDT]

92% of the precincts votes are in, here’s what we have:

 

Clinton 54% – Trump 41%

[10:35 p.m. CDT]

80% of the precincts votes are in, here’s what we have:

 

Clinton 53% – Trump 42%

 

Kim Ogg 54% – Devon Anderson 45%: Republican Devon Anderson has conceded to Democrat Kim Ogg

 

Ed Gonzalez 52% – Ron Hickman 47%: Republican Ron Hickman has conceded to Democrat Ed Gonzalez

 

HISD Proposition 1: Against 62% – For 37%

 

This means that we’ve got a new sheriff and a new district attorney for Harris County.

[9:41 p.m. CDT]

59% of the precincts votes are in, here’s what we have:

 

Clinton 53% – Trump 42%

 

Kim Ogg 53% – Devon Anderson 46% (Devon Anderson Concedes to Kim Ogg)

 

Ed Gonzalez 52% – Ron Hickman 47% – new numbers

 

HISD Proposition 1: Against 63% – For 36%

[9:13 p.m. CDT]

36% of the precincts votes are in, here’s what we have:

 

Clinton 54% – Trump 39%

 

Kim Ogg 53% – Devon Anderson 46%

 

Ed Gonzalez 53% – Ron Hickman 46%

 

HISD Proposition 1: Against 59% – For 40%

[8:40 p.m. CDT]

13% of the precincts votes are in, here’s what we have:

 

Clinton 54% – Trump 39%

 

Kim Ogg 53% – Devon Anderson 46%

 

Ed Gonzalez 52% – Ron Hickman 47%

 

HISD Proposition 1: Against 59% – For 40%

[8:20 p.m. CDT]

Latest from Houston Public Media Studios!

 

Early voting numbers are still showing that democratic candidates are leading:

 

Clinton 53% – Trump 43%

 

Kim Ogg 53% – Devon Anderson 46%

 

Ed Gonzalez 52% – Ron Hickman 48%

HISD Proposition 1: Against 64% – For 35%

What do these numbers mean? University of Houston Political Science Professor Brandon Rottinghaus says, “it’s too early to call for Harris County because the rural counties votes have not come in yet” and “if Hilary Clinton wins by 10% in Harris County then she’ll bring everyone else with her.”

What do the numbers mean for the Houston Independent School District? News 88.7 Education Reporter Laura Isensee says “it’s unchartered territory because every other district that voted for this proposition has voted yes.”

[8:10 p.m. CDT]

Latest news from Houston Public Media Studios!

53% of the early votes are coming in for Democrat Hilary Clinton, while 43 % are for Republican candidate Donald Trump.

 

That Democratic boost is being felt by Harris County District Attorney Candidate Kim Ogg who is leading Republican incumbent Devon Anderson 53% to 46%

 

Democratic candidate for Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is also leading the Republican incumbent, Ron Hickman 52% to 48%

 

And finally the H.I.S.D Proposition 1, which recaptures funds from the Houston Independent School District to send to the legislature is losing. The vote is coming in at 64% against and 35% for.

Check back here for more updates…

[7:50 p.m. CDT]

Where are our reporters?

  • Florian Martin is at Ed Gonzalez’s watch party at Fitzgerald’s at 2706 White Oak in the Heights
  • Al Ortiz is at Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman’s watch party. That’s being held at Shirley Acres, 217 Woerner Rd. Houston, TX 77090
  • Laura Isensee is busy working away at her desk at Houston Public Media HQ
  • Gail is reporting from Ritual Bar in the Heights for Kim Ogg’s watch party and Ed Mayberry is covering the other candidate for Harris County District Attorney, Devon Anderson who is at the Houston Police Union HQ at 1600 State.

We’ll have reporters covering Donald Trump’s watch party at the Harris County Republican HQ where Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Hilary Clinton’s watch party at The Republic Smokehouse Saloon, 1910 Bagby St Houston, Texas 77002

Keep watching our website for updates on numbers as the polls close in Harris County at 7pm.

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