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Dallas Jesuit senior Elliot Huang hands Coppell voter Martha Aviles a sticker on Election Day on Tuesday at Coppell Town Center. Texas Midterm Election results have been finalized.

Brooks defeats Coppell local Fisher in state education board election

Former trustee sought state office after serving on CISD Board of Trustees for over a decade

November 11, 2022

After serving on the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees for over a decade, former Place 7 Trustee Tracy Fisher aimed to claim a seat in District 14 of the Texas State Board of Education. 

Her loss was apparent after Republican candidate Evelyn Brooks won by a margin of 30%.

In a recent tweet, “This race was never about me,” Fisher wrote. “We knew it was about our kids and communities. I hope the SBOE provides the support that our kids, educators, parents and communities deserve.”

According to NBC 5 DFW, Brooks claimed a victory in District 14 for the Texas State Board of Education over Democratic candidate Tracy Fisher. Brooks took 65% of the votes compared to Fisher’s 35%. After defeating incumbent Sue Melton-Malone in the primary election, Brooks took on Fisher, a Coppell local. Brooks is a youth development facilitator from Frisco and will be representing District 14 in a newly redrawn district map.

“I don’t think there’s been more of a consequential election in the history of our country for a long time,” Fisher said.

Fisher is a Coppell parent with two kids, Aaron and Sam, who graduated from CISD in 2011 and 2012 respectively. She had served on the board for nearly 11 years and in leadership positions for 20. She resigned from her position on the Board on Oct. 17.

The Associated Press has called the race for governor. As the second-longest serving governor and on to his third term, Greg Abbott has taken the position once again with 54.9% of the votes. Abbot’s win solidifies the abortion ban and pro-gun rights. Beto O’Rourke’s loss puts him at his third failed campaign for office in four years.

According to The New York Times, Republican incumbent Dan Patrick was re-elected Texas lieutenant governor with 53.8% of the votes against Democratic candidate Mike Collier with 43.4% of votes. Collier and Patrick also competed for the seat in 2018. Patrick will be serving his third term as lieutenant governor.

Republican incumbent Ken Paxton was re-elected Texas Attorney General with 53.5% of the votes. Multiple controversies arose during his time campaigning, including an FBI investigation and trial on securities fraud charge and a disciplinary action by the state bar. Still, he was victorious over Democratic candidate Rochelle Garza. Garza received 43.6% of the votes, and Independent Mark Ash received 2.9%.

Coppell voters line up to vote during Election Day on Tuesday at Coppell Town Center. Texas Midterm Election results have been finalized. (Sri Achanta)

In terms of Dallas County elections, the Republican party took the seats for District 14 State Board of Education, Senate District 12 and US House District 24. The Democratic party took the seat for Texas House of Representative for District 115.

Democrat Julie Johnson has won Texas House of Representative for District 115 with 57% of the votes. As the incumbent representative, Johnson has been serving since 2018. Her 2018 election win was a historic victory for the LGBTQ+ community, as she was the first married openly gay lawmaker in Texas Legislature’s history. Her opponent, Republican Melisa Denis, received 43% of the votes.

According to NBC5 DFW, Republican candidate Tan Parker defeated Senate District 12 over Democratic candidate Francine Ly. Parker received 64% of votes and Ly received 36%. Parker has served in the Texas House of Representatives for District 63 since 2007 and is currently serving his sixth term.

The Associated Press has reported Republican incumbent Beth Van Duyne as the winner for U.S. House District 24. She received 59.8% of the votes while her opponent, Democrat Jan McDowell received 40.2% of the votes.

Dallas County reports that 623,306 voters out of 1,422,849 total registered voters voted.

Final election results for the Texas Midterm Elections can be found here.

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