Middle school teacher Laurie Turner has won the Republican nomination for the District 2 spot on the State Board of Education.
Turner, of Corpus Christi, teaches in the Gregory-Portland school district. She defeated high school teacher Veronica Anzaldua to face the Democratic nominee in the general election on Nov. 6.
All 15 board spots are up for re-election following redistricting last year. The District 2 spot from South Texas was formerly held by Democrat Mary Helen Berlanga, who is not running after 30 years on the board.
The board's responsibilities include establishing the state's public school curriculum, approving textbooks and managing the state's permanent school fund.