A political newcomer is hoping to unseat the current Tuloso-Midway Independent School District Place 2 trustee in order to provide the district with a set of new ideas.
Rosemary DeLeon and her husband of 13 years, Candelario, have resided in the school district for the past 12 years. They have four children, with three of them attending the district's primary, intermediate and middle school campuses, respectively. The fourth child is two years old.
A stay-at-home mother, Rosemary DeLeon is not a graduate of Tuloso-Midway High School, but her husband is, she said.
DeLeon said having her children at three of the district's schools allows her insight into how things work among those campuses' administration, teachers and parents.
"I have a unique perspective, I believe, in the school district…because I have three children in three different schools and I visit those (campuses) on a daily basis," she said. "I get first-hand knowledge of things that need to be improved and things that are happening that are great at the school."
While spending most of her time at her children's schools, DeLeon said she has given much of her time volunteering, including serving in various positions with the district's PTA, from parliamentarian to president. She was also on the district's bond election committee in 2006.
"I have been a volunteer the entire time my children have been in school," she said. "I'm quite excited to be running, actually."
DeLeon said she decided to run after previous superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez left the district for a similar position with the Mission Consolidated Independent School District.
"I feel that one of the most important issues that is coming up in our school district is the hiring of a new superintendent," she said. "That was a major motivational factor for me to run for school board (trustee) is that I really want to be part of that decision process because I feel like I have a unique perspective on the school district and our needs."
"I feel like I would be an asset to that decision," she added.
Despite having no experience in holding political office, DeLeon said she is optimistic voters will cast their ballots in her favor because she intends to bring a new set of ideas to the district, including giving teachers "more freedom to teach."
"I think our district is a great district, but I think it can be better than it is," she said. "There comes a point when maybe it's good to get new ideas flowing into a school district."