Danny Gonzales, a manager at TXI Hunter Cement, is running for a seat on the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Currently represented by trustee David Castillo who did not seek re-election, District 1 straddles southeastern Hays and northwestern Guadalupe counties with Texas 123 running roughly down the middle.
Gonzales has held leadership roles in community and school organizations that include the San Marcos Manufacturers Association, the San Marcos Youth Baseball and Softball Association and the San Marcos High School Baseball Booster Club.
He also served in late 2012 and early 2013 on a school board-appointed committee that recommended an ambitious districtwide program of new and renovated campuses. Last May, voters authorized the school district to borrow $77 million to fund the capital improvements.
Gonzales’ opponent is Naomi Narvaiz, a local Republican Party leader. Election Day is Saturday, May 10.
To get things rolling, the San Marcos Mercury posed a handful of introductory questions to both candidates:—
San Marcos Mercury: How would you describe yourself?
Danny Gonzales: I am a caring father and husband. My beautiful wife, Amy, and I have been married for 25 years and we have two children. Brianne is a senior at Incarnate Word University and Colin is a freshman at Texas Tech. I have worked for TXI Hunter Cement, the largest producer of concrete in Texas, for 25 years and have worked my way up through the management ranks over the years to pyro processing supervisor.
Mercury: Why are you running for school board?
Gonzales: Amy and I have always been involved with our childrens’ schools, whether it was PTA, fundraising planning, Project Graduation planning or as booster club members. Most recently, I was on the school bond committee and became more informed and involved in the school district needs.
My kids have gone through the school system … and our school district is definitely headed in the right direction. I think our school system is improving and I want to be a part of it, to keep it moving forward.
Mercury: What experience do you bring to the board?
Gonzales: My experience comes from being involved in many local organizations including the San Marcos Manufacturing Association, Leadership San Marcos, San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce member and a San Marcos Youth Baseball and Softball Association board member. Two children going all through school at San Marcos CISD resulted in more education and involvement in public education.
I am willing to work with our school district faculty and staff as well as administration and parents, to listen and learn what is needed to help children, staff and the community. As a trustee, I will listen to all sides of each issue – to make the necessary decisions to make San Marcos a great place to live and educate a family. I bring knowledge of the school district as well as the local community to better view difficult decisions from multiple view points to find the best benefit for our children, our taxpayers and all of San Marcos.
Also, I think I can be of assistance with the school district’s finances, being a good stewart of taxpayer money.
Mercury: A baseball on your campaign sign? What’s that about? Are you a sports fanatic? What does that say about you?
Gonzales: Many people know me best from coaching, running baseball tournaments or, more recently, as the baseball booster club president when my son, Colin, was a pitcher on the Rattler varsity baseball team before graduating last year. He loved the game and was all-district pitcher two years in a row as well as an All-State Academic athlete. But I guess the logo could be a diamond for my daughter managing the Diamond Line dance team, or a logo for her being vice president of the San Marcos High School Student Council.
Our children’s involvement in extracurricular activities and sports helped my wife and I meet more people and be more involved in the school, and allowed my kids to grow academically as well to become the people that they are. They continue to be in contact with their former teachers and coaches. I believe kids grow academically when they are engaged in something they enjoy doing, be it band, theatre, debate, swimming, dance, or student government. For my son and me, it was baseball.
Mercury: The face of San Marcos is changing. Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau named San Marcos the fast-growing city in the nation. What does that mean for the school district? And how do you think you can make a difference?
Gonzales: Change is coming to our community, we need to decide whether we allow change to control us, or if we would rather control the change that is coming.
I believe we need to control the change and that change should involve improved public education. Our community’s decision to pass the school bond was a start. We deserve a school district that parents want their children to be involved in, with the opportunities to become educated, well rounded citizens.
The theme for the bond election last spring was “Yes Matters!” and I believe that goes beyond voting. I think it means that we have to step up as we are able and say yes to public service. We need to say yes to volunteering and say yes to working together as a community to control the change that is coming and steer it in the right direction.
We have much to be proud of, and we have work to do. I am willing to roll up my sleeves and do the work. I would be honored to serve as a trustee for the San Marcos CISD, for District 1 and for the entire community.Email | Print