Two candidates run for San Benito CISD's School Board Place 7

Two candidates hope to win the Place 7 seat in San Benito's School Board election

A former San Benito superintendent is running against the current Place 7 holder in the San Benito CISD's School Board election.

Incumbent Angel Mendez is campaigning for a second term.

Mendez said he was elected during a time when there was uncertainty at the school district.

"Instability at the administrative level, but at the same time I took that as an opportunity for me to go in there and see what's going on," Mendez said.

Mendez said one term wasn't enough, and still has a lot he wants to accomplish within the school district.

"I bring in new ideas-- new approaches, new methodologies,” Mendez said. “Leadership attributes that not too many people can understand how and why we do it."

But, his challenger Joe D. Gonzalez believes it's time for a change.

"I’ve also been approached by a lot of staff, parents, concerned about the district,” Gonzalez said. “Seeing that it's not moving to their expectations,"

Gonzalez touts his experience as a superintendent in San Benito and Donna. He believes the district's current standing isn't working.

"The standards are very low,” said Gonzalez. “If you look at the new accountability system, the ‘A’ through ‘F’ system and you start seeing ‘D's’ across the board for the district, it's hard for me to swallow that we are doing a good job."

Both candidates agree that finding a new superintendent to lead the district once Dr. Adrian Vega resigns at the end of the school year is most important.

San Benito residents can cast their votes early beginning on April 24 through May 2.

Election day is set for May 6.

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