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Judge sets November BISD election with only one contested seat
BEAUMONT - The board election for Beaumont schools will be held in November. A judge ruled today that here was no evidence supporting delaying the election any longer.
Fox 4 News has learned that Judge Donald Floyd issued an order setting a November BISD board election based on a map with only one contested race-- incumbent Janice Brassard vs. challenger Joey Hilliard.
Click here to read Judge Floyd's order
The court battle stems from a lawsuit against trustees. It was filed by three plaintiffs who say it was unlawful for BISD to cancel a May election.
They also say the new seven to one map was illegal because it was drafted without the whole board's vote and included prison populations.
Those same three plaintiffs ran for seats on the board in the last school board election.
We spoke with attorney Michael Getz, one of the team members of the plaintiffs attorneys, and he says the fight isn't over.
The two other seats for which the November 5 election would have applied are held by Gwen Ambres and Tom Neild. During the September 19 board meeting, trustees declared Ambres and Neild victors because they didn't have challengers.
"I like the part where Judge Floyd said no further interference with the election will be tolerated," BISD attorney Melody Chappell said. She said the County Voter Registrar has been "running interference" for opponents who challenged BISD in court.
"Hopefully, this will put an end to the obstruction," Chappell said.
Attorney Vann DeCordova Jr., along with other attorneys, represents Marcelino Rodriguez, Donna Forgas and Linda Gilmore, all of whom filed for seats in the election.
DeCordova said, "Our clients won't be on the November ballot. We'll be studying our appellate options. We'll contest the November election if we can't gain appellate review. We'll file a lawsuit saying we were wrongfully excluded from the election."