Pearland - Friendswood Edition | February 2020

PEARLAND FRIENDSWOOD EDITION

VOLUME 6, ISSUE 3 | FEB. 14-MARCH 12, 2020

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19 candidates compete in contestedDistrict 22 race For the first time in over a decade, Republican Rep. Pete Olson will not be on the ballot for the U.S. Congress District 22 seat, which encompasses northern Brazoria County and portions of Fort Bend and Harris counties. Instead, voters will have to choose which of the 19 candi- dates they would like to see move past the March primary. With 15 Republicans and four Democrats vying for spots in the primary election, and five of those candidates being from Pearland, there are a lot of moving parts to keep track of, especially since either party has a fair chance of winning the district, said Mike Jones, a political science professor at Rice University. Jones said the high number of candidates is because District 22 is an open seat where both parties have a real chance to win in November. CONTINUED ON 20 BY MORGAN SLUTZKY

ODDS

2010 67.13% Republican | 29.82% Democrat | 3.05% Other

Over the past several elections, the gap between Republican

and Democratic voters has been

2012 64.33% Republican | 31.4% Democrat | 4.27% Other

shrinking. With 2018 being the closest race yet, the 2020 election is on a path to being even tighter. Here is a look at the Brazoria County voting trends from the last five elections.

2014 64.46% Republican | 33.49% Democrat | 2.05% Other

2016 60.55% Republican | 39.45% Democrat

2018 52.89% Republican | 44.75% Democrat | 2.36% Other

SOURCE: BRAZORIA COUNTY/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

American ANXIETY Pearland and Friendswood ISDs are each taking steps to address growing anxiety in the student population. Among American adults, here is a look at how many suffer from anxiety or depression.

Pearland, Friendswood ISDswork toward improving studentmental healthoptions

6.9% of American adults live with major depression of American adults live with anxiety disorders 18.1%

BY MORGAN SLUTZKY

In many school districts, mental health and wellness have become an important topic as awareness of student anxiety and depression rise. Pearland and Friendswood ISDs are each mak- ing strides to address the needs of their students. For the 2018-19 school year, PISD brought on six student support counsel- ors. Located at the junior high and high

schools, the support counselors are part of an effort by the district to address the growing mental health challenges that students are facing, PISD Coordinator of Guidance Services Chenda Moore said. Moore said the district found there was a necessity to support the emotional needs of students and staff, especially since other school counselors with a ded- icated grade or campus are already

SOURCE: NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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