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Miguel Solis Defeats Kristi Lara To Win Dallas School Board Seat

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Update, 11:25 p.m. Tuesday: Miguel Solis has been elected to the Dallas ISD school board. He won with 66 percent of the vote, defeating opponent Kristi Lara. Solis briefly worked for DISD's embattled Mike Miles as the superintendent's special assistant, but says that won’t make him a Miles “yes man.”

Update, 10:16 p.m.: Miguel Solis maintains a strong lead in the Dallas ISD District 8 race. Most of the precincts are now in -- with 49 of 59 precincts reporting, Solis has 66 percent of the vote. He has had a wide margin over opponent Kristi Lara throughout the night.

Update, 9:40 p.m.: Former classroom teacher Miguel Solis continues to have a solid lead over Kristi Lara to replace Adam Medrano as the District 8 trustee on the Dallas ISD school board.  

As of 9:30 p.m., with 28 of 59 precincts reporting, Solis holds a lead of more than 300 votes over Lara.

Solis has captured 68 percent of the ballots so far, compared to 32 percent who favored Lara. 

Lara, 36, has backing from teachers' groups who are at odds with reforms pushed by Mike Miles, the embattled superintendent.

Solis, 27, was an administrative assistant to Miles but has pledged to hold Miles accountable.

Former KERA staffer Shelley Kofler was news director, managing editor and senior reporter. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who previously served as the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.