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March 8th, 2009
Four file for San Marcos school board

STAFF REPORT

Former San Marcos Mayor David Chiu entered the San Marcos CISD school board election Friday, bringing to four the number of candidates up for two at-large positions in the May election.

Community activist Christine North, Vincent Delgado, and incumbent School Board President Judy Allen have also filed to run.  Current board member Tom Brown had yet to enter the race. The filing deadline falls on Monday.

The top two vote recipients will be elected to the board for three-year terms.

The top two candidates will join David Castillo, Margie Villalpondo, Jesse Ponce, Kathy Hanson, and Peter Baen on the board.

The school board sets policy for the district and directs the education plans for San Marcos schools. From allocating funds to reviewing the superintendent, board members establish  the basis and determine policy for the education of every public school student in San Marcos.

The four declared candidates include driven personalities.

Allen, up for her third term, has served on multiple boards, including national president of American Council of Consumer Interests. She is also a professor at Texas State.

North founded the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, serves on the County Parks Advisory Team, and has children in the San Marcos CISD.

Restaurant owner and former San Marcos Mayor David Chiu was the first first-generation Asian immigrant Mayor in the nation. Chiu also has chaired the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce board.

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