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In recent years, Naomi Narvaiz has established herself as a vocal and visible Republican activist while serving as a member of the party’s county and state executive committees.

Now she is running to represent single-member District 1 on the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees, a non-partisan office. The seat has been held since 2009 by David Castillo, who declined to run for a third term.

Narvaiz has reiterated her opposition to an ongoing capital improvement program that includes construction of a football stadium as well as new and renovated campuses. Last May, voters authorized the school district to sell $77 million in general obligation bonds to fund the construction.

Narvaiz’s opponent in the May 10 election is Danny Gonzales, a manager at TXI Hunter Cement. 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?

Naomi Narvaiz: I am a wife, mom, aunt, community volunteer and leader. When I married my husband, Jeffrey Narvaiz, a SMHS graduate, in 2000, I moved to San Marcos and immediately became involved in the community. Our two sons, Damien and Adrian, both are San Marcos High School graduates and both are serving in our U.S. military today. I have been a team mom for many of our community’s children serving with Jeff for CFPO youth football team for 12 years. During that time, I formed the San Marcos Youth Football Organization, which still exists.

In 2008, I became a San Marcos High School Football Booster Club board member and served as president of the booster club for three years, from 2009 to 2012. I also serve on several boards in our community.

I would say that I am a fundamentally driven and principled individual. I value trust and honesty very much. One of my passions is reading. I enjoy serving people and give a lot of my time to causes that benefit children and families. I look forward to serving District 1 as its next school board trustee.

Mercury: Why are you running for school board?

Narvaiz: I have followed our school board as a parent and as a community leader and I am running because I believe that our childrens’ education is directly connected to the vitality of a community. I’d like to work to represent the parents in District 1 and work to solve any concerns they have.

Mercury: What experience do you bring to the board?

Narvaiz: I have been instrumentally involved in many organizations such as our home owner’s association, the Council of Neighborhood Association, Christian Federation of Police Officer Football League, San Marcos High School Football Booster Club, Hays County Food Bank, San Marcos Chamber’s Government Affairs & Education Committees, Leadership San Marcos, the San Marcos Ethics Review Commission and party-affiliated organizations. All of these have provided me with the knowledge and responsibilities that have prepared me to be a good collaborator, evaluator, planner and listener.

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?

Narvaiz: For our school district, the growth means we must be prepared to have the space, teachers and competitive opportunities for families to keep children in our schools. I believe that the vast experience I have in the community will help me to work with our parents, as well as our business community and staff to bring them together to keep families in San Marcos to live, work and send their children to our schools.

Mercury: Did you support the $77 million in bond debt approved by San Marcos CISD voters last May? Why or why not?

Narvaiz: I participated in several of the presentations for the $77 million school bond debt and while I am a proponent of funding education sufficiently, in a community where 38 percent of our population is below the poverty level and median income is about $25,000 and most property taxes going to schools, I believe our focus should be the classroom, transparency and student and district performance. I did not find it prudent to support the bond at this time.

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