Perhaps in response to how the Board of Trustees has handled issues like disciplining special education students, incumbent Ann Hammond lost Saturday’s CCISD Board of Trustees election to newcomer Scott Bowen.
On the surface, this is great news. Bowen campaigned on being able to ask hard questions – and challenging the status quo. He also alluded to possible upcoming bond elections. We’ll dive more into the bloated fiasco that is the 2017 CCISD bond in later posts. But suffice it to say that anyone who starts talking about eliminating waste and keeping dollars in the classroom – and keeping property taxes from skyrocketing, particularly after property tax assessments arrive in the mail?
Bowen was a shoo-in, despite Hammond’s 12 years on the Board of Trustees. Or maybe because of the 12 years she’s spent edging the Board of Trustees over to an evermore liberal agenda. You know, one that leaves our children as sitting ducks and social experiments.
But what do we really know about Bowen?
The truth is, we don’t know much about Bowen. He had the Houston Young Republicans phonebanking for him, and he’s a member of the Galveston County Young Republicans. This indicates that he’s not a liberal nightmare, at least. Citizens for CCISD, a group that opposed the 2017 Bond quagmire, also supported him. So maybe he will bring some fiscal responsibility to the CCISD Board of Trustees.
What else? He’s a graduate of Texas A&M, and he earned an MBA from Rice University. He graduated from CCISD schools. He now works as a chemical engineer at TPC Group. And as someone posted on the Friendswood Republican Women page, he was an Eagle Scout.
If there’s dirt to be found on Scott Bowen, it’s well-hidden. Even his Instagram account is as clean as a whistle: a picture of the Trump rally in Houston from coveted floor space, some running selfies, and a picture of him with Governor Greg Abbott. All this does is cement the fact that he’s definitely a conservative – not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination.
But he’s 28. And the Board of Trustees is a group of steamrollers. We can’t imagine anyone that young standing up to a pack of jackals. Jennifer Broddle, who was surprisingly endorsed by Clear Creek Republican Women, is 47. She beat out an incumbent, likely due to the voters’ desire for fresh blood. And she very quickly turned into one of the cabal, voting in lockstep with them.
The big question is, will Bowen be able to stand up for what’s right? Or will he fold under the immense pressure cooker that Page Rander and the rest of the Board of Trustees have created?
We fear for him, we really do. He may get eaten alive, or he may cave and become just another sock puppet for what’s looking more and more like a terrifying liberal cancer spreading throughout CCISD.