The victory by Hardy, a former high school teacher and current curriculum adviser in the Weatherford school district, virtually assures her of another term because no Democrat has filed for the post. It also comes as a relief to supporters of the teaching of evolution, as the board is expected to take up the issue when it adopts new science standards this year. Hardy had been targeted by some social conservative groups for her independent voting ways and her frequent opposition to a bloc of seven social conservatives on the 15-member board. Social conservatives threw their support behind Maddox, known for his strong support of creationism and calls to revamp textbooks used in classrooms across Texas…

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