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May 10th, 2008
Villalpando Wins Re-election, David Castillo New School Board Member

The voters in Single Member District One and Single Member Two in the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District re-elected Margie Villalpando to the school board over challenger Laura Duhon while giving a decisive win to challenger David T. Castillo over the incumbent Joe Castillo and third candidate Lee “Barry” Davis in light voting, according to unofficial results.

In single member district two, only 104 people voted in total. Villalpando and Duhon tied in early voting, getting ten (10) votes a piece. On election day voting, Villalpando received 54 votes to Duhon’s 30, giving Villalpando 64 votes overall and 61.54% of the vote and giving Duhon 40 votes overall and 38.46% of the vote.

Laura Duhon said, “I want to thank all the people who supported me. I learned a lot from the experience. I wish Margie the best and I wish the school district the best.”

Margie Villalpando said, “I want to thank the voters for coming out. I’m happy for the people who came out today.” Villalpando promised that “I’ll continue to do my service on the school and I’m proud to be re-elected.”

In single member district one, 225 people voted in total. David Castillo received 35 votes from absentee voters while neither Joe Castillo or Barry Davis received any absentee votes. In early voting, David Castillo received 54 votes, Joe Castillo received 16 votes and Barry Davis received 13 votes. A similar pattern occurred on election day. David Castillo received 64 votes giving him 173 votes overall and 76.89% of the vote, Joe Castillo received 15 votes giving him 31 votes overall and 13.78% of the vote and Barry Davis received 8 votes giving him 21 votes overall and 9.33% of the vote.

Lee “Barry” Davis said, “Congratulations to David Castillo. I hope he’s successful. I wish him all the luck. Thanks to the people who voted for me. It’s sad that such a low number of people came out to vote.”

Joe Castillo said, “I want to thank my supporters. Six and a half years ago, the district was in financial disarray. Now the district is in much better shape than when I was appointed to the school board. I am disappointed with the low turnout. With the low voter turnout it’s difficult to know if the residents of district one were dissatisfied with my service. While there has been some negative perceptions about the quality of our school district, the district will achieve recognized status by the TEA assessment in the very near future.”

David T, Castillo said, “Thank you to all of my supporters and voters. I also want to thank my campaign manager Saul Gonzales, Agnes Delgado, and my campaign treasurer Javier Ledesma. I also need to thank Fransisco Garcia for the outstanding work he did for my campaign. I am sorry that I can’t thank everyone who helped by name.”

For David Castillo, “This election tells us that our district is ready for some major changes. My goals first and foremost are to reduce the drop out rate and to improve teacher and student morale. If our faculty and staff aren’t happy then our students are the ones who are hurt. I intend to put an end to political relationships. We need to stop catering to the select
few and listen to the majority of the community.”

The school board members elect will be sworn in at the next SMCISD school board meeting on Monday, May 19 as will Jesse Ponce. Jr. who ran unopposed for single member district three school board seat.

By ED MIHALKANIN, Ph. D
Correspondent

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