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Attorneys file appeal in BISD election case; Shane Howard writes letter to BISD board
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Will the November Beaumont ISD board election move forward?
Not if the Beaumont 9th court of appeals disagrees with a judge's ruling.
Tuesday Judge Donald Floyd, ordered the district to move ahead with a November 5th election with only one contested board race.
Today, attorneys representing the challengers filed an appeal and they hope for a quick response to stop the election.
Voter registrar, Shane Howard says with Judge Floyd's ruling.
His office can now legally turn over information to the district in order to hold a November election.
Howard released a letter today that he wrote to the school board.
clarifying that information.
The letter also contains his response to what he calls the BISD attorney's accusations against his office and staff.
Another letter Howard wrote to the board about a week ago questioned the legality of Howard turning over information with so many unanswered questions.
In that letter from a week ago he says,
"I hope you can understand my concern. As voter registrar, my duty to the public is to ensure that we do not deliberately or inadvertently participate in unlawful acts undertaken by any voter or political entity for whom we provide our services."
It was a heated topic during the last school board meeting.
It was brought up again Tuesday in response to a statement by the BISD attorney, Melody Chappell.
"The county voter registrar has been running interference for opponents who challenged BISD in court. Hopefully this will put an end to the obstruction."
As a result, Howard drafted a new letter to the district letting it know that as a result of the recent rulings there is now proof the election would be legal.
He also says he had the right to question whether or not an election would be legal given prior court rulings.
"Number one I don't run interference for anyone and I don't know what the opposition is, I can intuit what that means but the simple reality is that I didn't obstruct anything for anyone in fact I didn't obstruct anything at all, I asked a question, an uncomfortable question absolutely," Howard said.
In his order, Judge Floyd expresses his desire that all parties involved work together to make the election happen.
Stay with KFDM as we follow the appeals process and bring you more updated information.
BEAUMONT - Attorney Michael Getz has filed an appeal to Judge Donald Floyd's order setting a November 5 election for a Beaumont school board seat.
Floyd ruled Tuesday that a BISD board election will take place November 5. Janice Brassard's seat is the only one up for election. She faces a challenger, Joey Hilliard.
Jefferson County Voter Registrar Shane Howard sent a letter to the BISD board in response to Judge Floyd's order.