Two local school districts are looking for applicants to run against incumbents in November's General Election, which will include races for eight school board trustee seats.
As of Monday morning, six of the eight incumbent candidates for the Tuloso-Midway and Calallen independent school districts' school boards remained unopposed. Three people have thrown their hats into the mix for the election, with two filing to run against one incumbent.
In the race for CISD Trustee for Place 5, challengers Jesse Molina and Chad Wilfong are both looking to unseat current trustee Karen Karagas, who has served on the board since being elected in 2002. Fellow trustee Paul Peeler, who has been a trustee for the CISD for a cumulative total of 18 years, remains unopposed, as are school board members Yolanda Villarreal and Tammy McDonald.
Villarreal has been a trustee since 2003, while McDonald was elected to her position in 2005.
In the race for TMISD Trustee for Place 2, Sylvia Longoria-Hill will be facing off against challenger Rosemary De Leon. Longoria-Hill has been a trustee since 2003 and is seeking her third term on the board.
Fellow TMISD trustees Billy Lerma, Jan Mostella and John Samaniego are currently unopposed. Lerma and Mostella have been on the board since 2002 and 2005, respectively, while Samaniego is seeking his first full term as an elected official.
He was appointed by the board in November to serve out the term of former Place 6 Trustee Mike Alaniz, who resigned his seat in September due to a promotion with his job at the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Calallen ISD trustees serve terms of three years, while TMISD board members are elected to four-year terms.
The last round of trustee elections in 2008, which had six seats up for grabs, for both school districts were cancelled due to all of the incumbents running unopposed.
Requirements to hold office as a school board trustee:
Be a qualified (registered) voter Take the official oath of office Serve without compensation Have been a continuous resident of the state for twelve months and a resident of the District for six months prior to the last date a candidate may file to be listed on the ballot.
Any individual who meets the above requirements may pick up a filing packet from the Calallen ISD Superintendent's Office, 4205 Wildcat Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410 or the Tuloso-Midway ISD Superintendent's Office, 9760 La Branch Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. Applications must be signed, notarized, and state the place for which the applicant is a candidate (ex. Place 1, Place 2, etc.) All applications filed are public records and open to inspection upon request. Completed applications must be filed at Calallen ISD or TMISD administrative offices for each respective election. Any questions regarding the Calallen ISD application process should be directed to Annie Swetish at (361) 242-5600, while information on the TMISD application process can be requested from Marta Chavez at (361) 903-6402. More information is also available at the Secretary of State's Website, http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/index.shtml.