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May 9th, 2009
Allen, Chiu win school board seats

Former San Marcos Mayor David Chiu celebrates his election to the San Marcos CISD school board by making beef chow mein in the kitchen of his Mexican restaurant, Tres Hermanas.

Executive Editor

San Marcos voters went with proven vote getters in Saturday’s school board election, returning Trustees President Judy Allen for her third straight term and putting David Chiu, the former trustee and former San Marcos mayor, back on the board after a nine-year absence.

Allen easily polled the most votes with 726, followed by Chiu with 603. Political newcomer Vincent Delgado totaled 447 votes, followed by San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance founder Chris North with 263.

The top two recipients among the four candidates are to be seated to two at-large positions on the board.

Allen said the election is a sign that voters see improvements in the San Marcos CISD, which was blighted ten years ago with financial problems and old facilities. Since Allen first went on the board in 2003, the school district passed a $122.7 million bond in 2004 to build new schools.

“I’m really pleased, or else I wouldn’t have run,” Allen said. Later, remarking on her large vote as the only incumbent candidate, Allen said, “That’s some encouragement that people realize there are some good thing happening with the school board.”

The exact number of ballots cast was unknown at Saturday night’s count. However, considering that the candidates totaled 2,039 votes and each voter could pick two candidates, the number of ballots came to a few more than 1,000. In that case, an overwhelming majority of voters went with Allen.

Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan said the San Marcos CISD has a little fewer than 30,000 eligible voters, indicating that the turnout for this election came to a little more than three percent.

Chiu, who hasn’t held elected office since leaving the mayor’s office in 2002, spent $2,814.50 ($2,700 from his own resources), by far the most of any candidate, as of the May 1 financial disclosure filing.

“I was going to go to work, regardless,” Chiu said in the kitchen of his Mexican restaurant, Tres Hermanas, where he celebrated his win my making beef chow mein. “But by being elected to the school board, I have a little more of a bully pulpit to get people involved. If not elected, I was going to use my old bully pulpit from the sidelines.”

Allen said she was pleased by Chiu’s election to the seat left open when incumbent Tom Brown decided to not seek re-election.

“I think he’s going to be very good,” Allen said. “I’m excited about him going on. I look forward to working with him.”

Delgado, who had never before run for office, said he was disappointed with his showing. Delgado, a meter technician for the City of San Marcos, said he is unsure if he will take another try at the school board. He said he is all but certain he won’t run next year in District 4, where he lives, because he supports sitting Trustee Kathy Hansen.

“It’s my very first time,” said Delgado, a life-long San Marcos resident, about his political candidacy. “I’m not used to it. I’m a little down. I kept telling my friends to go vote for me and they kept saying, ‘I’ll do it tomorrow.’ Well, tomorrow has come and gone.”

North developed a core of support for her campaign to bring greater transparency to the school board, including 14 contributors who gave her $100 or more, the most of any candidate as of the May 1 filing. Despite her low vote total, North said she will continue working for her causes.

“Now, the real work starts,” she said.

The early voting foretold the final outcome. Allen took the most early votes with 284, followed by Chiu with 230, Delgado with 135 and North with 55.

The same order persisted in the Election Day totals, with Allen taking 442 votes, followed by Chiu with 373, Delgado with 312 and North with 208.

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0 thoughts on “Allen, Chiu win school board seats

  1. Congratulations to Mrs. Allen and Mr. Chiu. I would encourage Mr. Delgado to stay involved, even if it is not as a candidate. San Marcos needs people who are willing to do what they can to help their community. I only wish the voter turnout was higher.

  2. Congratulations Mrs. Allen and Mr. Chiu!
    I agree with all of the above statements.
    I also hope Mr. Delgado does continues to stay involved.

  3. Let’s not forget Chris North’s efforts.
    Chris you fought the good fight and now two words…City council!

  4. Thanks so much, Kieth. Not likely- I’m going to work to make sure Jude and John are elected to City Council in the fall, and making sure my kids are getting what they need at home and at school. Right now I have to clean my house for the first time in about 6 weeks. I’ll be writing a proper thank you this week.

  5. Keith, you are more of a behind the scenes kind of guy, one who likes to pull strings in smokey back rooms, right?

  6. Just curious, Keith use to be a green democrat but these days is nothing more than a financial supporter of the status quo.

  7. Congrats to the winners of this race. I believe they will both be great School Board members.

    I do, however, hope that they talk with Chris North about some of her ideas regarding transparency. Chris is a dedicated woman who only wants the best for her children as well as all of yours. She ran in large part because as a parent info was not available to her. This is wrong and we need to take Chris’ lead and create a more transparent system so that every parent knows exactly what is going on with their children.

    Congrats Chris on a good race. Judy and David, I urge you to create a more transparent SMCISD.

  8. Gosh Chris, I would not publicize that your house has been in disarray for six weeks with three children at home! Child Protective Services might get wind of it, keep on the down low.

  9. Think about Karla, any single parent of three children willing to let their physical environment go to hell in a hen basket due to politics?

  10. Ethel, I did not vote for Chris North, because I don’t think she was knowledgeable about the issues. You have personally attacked her. You should give it a rest!

  11. Semantics is an infrastructural mechanism that is subject to being tainted by the perceiver’s perception.

  12. What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  13. Human consciouness is the most mystreious reality we expeerience. The fact that we coincide with it does little to allay our uneasiness in its presence, for the only instrument we posse with which to study the this mystery is again this same mystery.If consciouness should deceive itself, we would be caught with within a Hall of Mirrors? Are we not always comparing one event with another?

    with which tostudy the mystery is again the same mystery, human consciousness.

  14. Uhh…you’re rapidly losing any credibility to discuss anything remotely having to do with education. Unless, of course, you’re a product of the San Marcos school system & you’re trying to illustrate its failures.

  15. Karla, since yesterday I spoke with a neighbor and your name came up and what was imparted to me was that your parachute failed to open long, long ago.

  16. Karla, the point I was constructing was that the knowledge that, we are conscious of the world makes us feel separated from the world; we regard it as OBJECT and ourselves as SUBJECT. This is why we expect the world to be “outside” our consciousness. And we rely on this”outsideness” to give us security by putting us indubitable contact with a reality for which we are not responsible, but in actuality creates insecurity in the majority of non critical thinkers afraid to deconstruct their own perceptual filters.

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