Nannie Sanchez update
Nannie Abbey Marie Sanchez, who may have been the first person with Down syndrome to seek an elected state office, lost her bid for a seat on the 15-member New Mexico school board last week. ("State Board Candidate Sets Out To Defy Expectations," May 20, 1998.)
Ms. Sanchez lost the Democratic primary election on June 2 to Christine Trujillo, a bilingual and special education teacher in the Albuquerque district. Ms. Sanchez received 3,188 votes to Ms. Trujillo's 5,999. Ms. Trujillo will face Republican Mary Agnes Gilbert, a widowed homemaker and mother of eight, who received 5,181 votes in the uncontested GOP district primary, in the general election in November.
RoseMarie Sanchez, Nannie Sanchez's mother, said her 23-year-old daughter was disappointed, but happy that she had garnered 35 percent of the vote.
"She's pretty tired. She didn't realize the work [campaigning] entailed," RoseMarie Sanchez said.
The candidate's efforts did not go unnoticed by national disability-rights advocates, however. Ms. Sanchez is planning to speak at the National Down Syndrome Society's annual conference in July, which will be held in Delevan, Wis.
Not over yet
Looks like Iowa lawmakers aren't done yet.
Gov. Terry E. Branstad said he will likely call a special session this summer to forge an agreement on an education reform bill that has put the Republican at odds with legislative leaders of his own party. With the new budget year starting July 1, Mr. Branstad is running out of time to win adequate support for the measures--including merit pay for teachers--that he wants to see included in the legislation. ("State Journal," June 3, 1998.)
"A special session devoted to education reform in which both political parties contribute would demonstrate to every Iowa family that we are honest about our commitment to children," Mr. Branstad said in a letter to legislators late last month.
But Republican lawmakers note that there may be little room for compromise, saying the legislation they passed, much of which the governor vetoed last month, was their best effort.
--JOETTA L. SACK & JESSICA L. SANDHAM
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