Race for the House

Chris Bell finds it's lonely being white on this campaign trail

River Oaks Elementary had its annual fund-raising auction recently, and item 7097 was a chance to meet with the Chron's editorial board. "This is a coveted thing by potential politicians, corporations and non-profits," the item read.

James Campbell, the paper's ombudsman and a River Oaks parent, was the donor. He ombudsmanly assures us auction winners won't get a guaranteed endorsement of their position.

But it doesn't sound like they receive much else: "All the winner gets," Campbell says, "is a chance to sit in on a Chronicle editorial board meeting of their choosing and listen to the discussion." (Be still our hearts -- the drama, the palpable tension as the board decides whether this is the week to heartily endorse rail again or instead just heartily endorse NASA. Again.)

Chris Bell: Can he bring the funk to District Nine?
Deron Neblett
Chris Bell: Can he bring the funk to District Nine?
In the not-too-distant future…You Got Served 
still sucks.
Scott Gilbert
In the not-too-distant future…You Got Served still sucks.

The winning bid was $350, by someone we couldn't reach. But we hope they get their money's worth.

-- As told to Richard Connelly

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