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Cargill Wins GOP Nod for Board of Education Spot

Cargill to face Linda Ellis in general election Nov. 6

Tuesday, May 29, 2012  |  Updated 9:46 PM CDT
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Cargill Wins GOP Nod for Board of Education Spot

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Incumbent Barbara Cargill has won the Republican nomination for the District 8 spot on the State Board of Education.

Cargill, who currently chairs the board, defeated educator Linda Ellis to face the Democratic nominee in the general election on Nov. 6.

Cargill, of The Woodlands, was first elected to the board in 2004. The former school teacher is founder and director of Wonders of the Woodlands Science Camp.

The social conservative says on her website she supports history curriculum emphasizing patriotism, pro-life heath textbooks and science textbooks that present evolution as a theory.

All 15 board spots are up for re-election following redistricting last year. District 8 is in southeastern Texas.

The board's responsibilities include establishing the state's public school curriculum, approving textbooks and managing the state's permanent school fund.

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