Seguin ISD school board candidates make final pitch to voters
Posted on 11/6/2018 8:17:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- A trio of races appear today on the ballot for Seguin ISD Board of Trustees. Candidates in each of the three races are doing their part to get out the vote and help pull in any final votes on their behalf.

Seeking the position of Seguin ISD District 2 Trustee is candidate Alejandro Guerra. Guerra says he respectfully encourages all individual's to participate in today's election.

"As citizens, we have an obligation to exercise our right to vote, a right that shouldn't be taken lightly due to the many sacrifices that were made by our veterans. So on election day, let your voices be heard at the local, state and national level. Thank you. Once again, this Alejandro Guerra and vote for me for District 2 School Board Trustee," said Guerra.

Challenging Guerra for the District 2 seat is candidate Joseph Ranft. Ranft says if elected, he is committed to leading the district in the right direction.

"When you get out there to the polls, you are going to be faced with a question, do you want me to be your next trustee on the Seguin Independent School District Board of Trustees, District 2 or do you want Alejandro Guerra to be your trustee? Now, I don't think you can go wrong with either one of us. I think we are both dedicated to this district but I can tell you, if you want somebody who has the time and the energy to advocate for our students, if you want somebody who grew up here in Seguin and went to Seguin schools and knows what our students are going through, if you want someone who has the experience necessary to get the job done, then I'm your person. You need to vote for Joseph Scott Ranft," said Ranft.

Both Guerra and Ranft look to fill the seat of longtime Trustee Ishmael Flores who chose not to seek re-election.

The race for the District 4 seat features incumbent John Holt and newcomer Linda Duncan. Holt says he's looking forward to continuing his support of the school district and is asking for another term in office.

"I want to thank all the voters for getting out and having their voice heard. I know this has been a great turnout this year for this election and I just appreciate all the support that I've received as far as my candidacy for school board District 4. My election results party will be actually at the New Braunfels High School gym as we watch the Matador Volleyball ladies take on the Dripping Springs Tigers and I just thank each and every one of the Seguin ISD constituents and shareholders and just look for their continued support in the next four years," said Holt.

Duncan says not only is she looking forward to an opportunity to serve constituents in District 4 but she is ready to help the district reach its vision for all students.

"My last plea to the voters is that I believe wholeheartedly that as our school district thrives so will our community. I am so looking forward to being a part of the trustee team as we oversee the superintendent, set policy to continue to improve the quality of education in the Seguin ISD, ensure the future direction of the district and manage the district's growth and every changing environment. The time of mediocrity is over and I believe in the new vision of the Seguin ISD in that we are capable of creating exceptional students who in turn will become exceptional adults. I know that there are going to be hard decisions to make in taking on the role and while it may seem impossible to please all people at all times, I will listen, discern and make my own informed decisions. There comes a time when leaders step up, do the right thing and inspire others to do the same. I am that leader that will bring positive, responsible leadership to the Seguin ISD Board of Trustee District 4 position. I would appreciate your support," said Duncan.

Candidates in the race for Seguin ISD District 5 are also petitioning for support on this election day. Sharing her passion for the district, its teachers and students is District 5 trustee candidate Denise Crettenden. Crettenden says she commits to working hard and doing what is in the best interest of all students.

"I just want people to know how much I care about Seguin ISD, how much I care about our kids. I really want great things for our community and I'm willing to work very hard to get those and I hope that everyone will get out and vote if you haven't voted already. You have until 7 o'clock and there are so many important things that are at stake in our community. I think it's really important to get out and vote today," said Crettenden.

Also appearing on the ballot for District 5 is trustee candidate Mike Barrow. Barrow says his desire to run is based on the negative headlines that have erupted within the school district over the last several years. Barrow says he wants the opportunity to restore the public's trust in the actions of the school board.

"I won't be afraid to confront challenging issues. I'd endeavor to be a responsible board member, one who listens to opposing opinions and works together to advance the district's goals and I want to ensure that we are providing experienced and qualified teachers to our students in classrooms that have reasonable class sizes and with the decline in state funding that we are experiencing, it is important that our district spend every dollar wisely and efficiently so our students receive the quality education they need and I'm a real strong advocate for public education. I believe it's one of the pillars of our democratic system and we need to prepare our young people not only for well paying jobs and careers but also to be productive and informed citizens of our democracy so they can be informed voters. Since I retired eight years ago, I've attended board meetings on a regular basis on issues that I've been concerned about. I've requested additional information under the Public Information Act and spoken out on those issues publicly at board meetings and being retired will allow me to devote the time necessary to fully examine and analyze the issues coming before the board," said Barrow.

Both Crettenden and Barrow look to fill the seat of Trustee Barbara Effenberger who decided to not seek re-election. Voters are reminded of their ability to cast any ballot at any polling location in Guadalupe County thanks to the implementation of Vote Centers by the county's election office.

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