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Elections Matter

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As Texas holds its primary elections this month, I am reminded of the profound impact each of us holds as advocates for public education. Our voices, our choices, and our votes shape the landscape of our schools, our communities, and the future of Texas children. It is with this sense of responsibility and commitment that I urge each of you to vote in the March 5 primary.

At the heart of our democratic process lies the fundamental right to vote. It is a privilege bestowed upon us, a sacred duty that empowers us to shape the course of our collective future. As advocates of public education, we carry a special obligation to champion the interests of our schools, our educators, and, most importantly, our students. Our participation in the electoral process is not just a choice; it is a solemn responsibility — a commitment to uphold the values of democracy and ensure that the voices of our communities are heard.

The Texas primary elections serve as a critical juncture — a pivotal moment where we, as citizens and stakeholders, have the opportunity to shape the future of public education in our state. The decisions made in these elections will reverberate far beyond the confines of our polling stations, influencing policies, funding, and the overall direction of our education system for years to come.

Staying Informed, Engaged

As we navigate through the electoral process, it is essential to remain informed and engaged. TASB members have a wealth of resources at their disposal to guide them through the voting process. Key dates, impartial websites such as, and information on polling hours are readily available to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote.

One of the unique aspects of the Texas primary elections is the absence of party registration. In our state, any registered voter has the freedom to participate in either party’s primary, regardless of their political affiliation. This inclusivity underscores the essence of our democratic principles, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose as we come together to shape the future of our great state.

However, participation in Texas primaries tends to be low. Just 18% of registered Texas voters cast ballots in the March 2022 primary elections, compared with 46% of registered voters who cast ballots in the November 2022 general election. Yet in Texas, many races are decided in the primary, so it’s vitally important to vote in these elections.

Speaking Up for Public Ed

As advocates for public education, it is imperative that we remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing the interests of our schools and our students. Our advocacy extends beyond the confines of our boardrooms and into the realm of civic engagement, where our voices hold the power to affect meaningful change.

During the Texas primary elections, let us reaffirm our dedication to public education. Let us stand united in our commitment to fostering an educational environment that empowers every child to thrive and succeed. And above all, let us exercise our civic duty with pride and conviction, knowing that our votes carry the potential to shape the future of Texas public education for generations to come.

I urge each of you to heed the call of civic responsibility, to make your voice heard, and to cast your ballot in the Texas primary elections. Together, let us reaffirm our unwavering commitment to public education and ensure that every child in Texas can fulfill their highest potential.

Thank you for your dedication, your advocacy, and your unwavering commitment to the future of Texas public education.

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Armando Rodriguez
Armando Rodriguez
Canutillo ISD

Rodriguez is serving his fifth term on the Canutillo ISD Board, where his fellow trustees have elected him as president, vice president, and secretary.

Professionally, he is the business development manager of Hellas Construction Inc. Rodriguez has the distinction of being one of the youngest people ever to be elected to office in El Paso County. A graduate of Canutillo High School and The University of Texas at El Paso, Rodriguez is one of the founding members of the Canutillo Alumni Foundation for Education — the only organization specifically designed to award scholarships to Canutillo graduates.

He currently serves on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and has also served as president of the Mexican American School Boards Association and president of the Far West Texas School Boards Association.

Rodriguez is a Leadership TASB graduate and Master Trustee.