Kel Seliger, who was born in Amarillo and raised here in Borger, stopped by the News-Herald to discuss his campaign against challenger Mike Cannon and issues affecting the state and the community.
Seliger started off telling reporters about his work campaigning to hold the position he has occupied for ten years. “My opponent chose to go a little negative here ... you know, I’ve never done negative stuff. If you have a record, why do you need to talk about someone else?”
During the last town hall meeting Seliger held in Borger, he mentioned how educational pathways in high schools had been split into different choices with the aim to better fit a student’s goals. The old system of a ‘Distinguished’, ‘Recommended’, and ‘Minimum’, graduation plans and the “4x4” requirements (four years of math, social studies, English, and science courses) have been replaced with five different “Endorsements” including Science and Technology, Arts and Humanities, Business and Industry, and Career and Technical, and Public Services.
The Career and Technical has been criticized as a way for Texas to boost graduation rates without increasing academic performance. Seliger stated “It is a way to boost graduation rates. Keep in mind that a kid that age can drop out.” Seliger said that the goal of the new pathways is to kids in school. “What we have done is transformed the Career and Technical studies from a failure option, into another pathway to success.”
Seliger also spoke of the growing tendency for Republicans to pick at one another. When asked about the largely conservative practice of targeting names within one’s own part, Seliger said “It becomes destructive right now.”
“The next time a Democrat is elected in a statewide race in Texas, Republicans are going to elect it.” Seliger said that Democrats are remaining more cohesive than Republicans right now and he expects that, if the trend is not reversed, Republicans will suffer heavy defeats before it becomes a “big tent” party again in a way that will attract the numbers needed to win elections.
“But will it be too late?” he asks. “I still have people coming to me saying ‘English ought to be the official language of the state, and I want to see a bill!’ .... as a business man, I’ve never done any paperwork in Spanish. English is the de facto official language - so why would we want to alienate latino citizens who really should be Republicans, according to the values we hold in common. Let’s not isolate people, let’s find a way to include people.”