GOP-backed candidates Cathie Alexander and Jay Saad won seats on the Collin College’s board of trustees on Saturday after a runoff race that was colored by partisanship.
With all of Collin County’s vote centers reporting, as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Alexander was elected to Place 3 with 56% of the vote, defeating incumbent Donald. Saad won reelection to Place 2 with 55.5% of the vote. Both Donald and Coleman had more votes than their opponents in the May 6 election. But neither of them won 50% of the vote, so a runoff was held on Saturday.
School board races are supposed to be nonpartisan. But partisan politics played a role in the Collin College trustee races. Coleman and Donald both had endorsements from the Collin County Democratic Party, which held block walks to garner support for the candidates. The Collin County GOP threw its support behind Alexander and Saad. An email sent to supporters warned people to vote for Alexander and Saad to keep the college from being turned over to the “woke left” that cares more about gender neutral bathrooms than maintaining the college.
Alexander told KERA she didn’t know about the email until it went out. She said she’d prefer to focus on issues directly affecting the college.