Republican Geraldine "Tincy" Miller is trying to reclaim a position she held on the Texas State Board of Education for 26 years after being ousted in the primary two years ago.
Miller faces social conservative candidate Gail Spurlock in one of three July 31 runoff races for the board, which has drawn attention in recent years for its battles over teaching evolution and attempts to elevate conservative figures in history lessons.
All 15 board seats are up for re-election following redistricting last year. Currently, there are four Democrats and 11 Republicans on the board, with six Republicans considered part of a social conservative voting bloc. The May primary effectively had no effect on the makeup of the board, which establishes the public school curriculum, approves textbooks and manages the state's permanent school fund.