Three South Texas College Board of Trustee seats were up for election this spring.
Board members are elected by constituents in the districts they represent and serve a six-year term. Those elected in May 2018 will serve through 2024.
The outcomes were as follows:
Victoria “Vicky” Cantu was elected to represent District 2. Cantu won the election with 70 percent of the vote and now serves the areas of La Joya, Western Mission, Palmview, Sullivan City, Penitas, and Western Alton.
Cantu says she’s excited to begin her journey with South Texas College.
“I plan to serve as a public advocate and ambassador for the college,” said Cantu. “Meanwhile I’ll also be advocating for the best interest of our students.”
Rene Guajardo was elected to be STC’s District 6 representative that encompasses Donna, South Alamo, South San Juan, Southwestern Pharr, South Weslaco, and Progresso. Guajardo took 57 percent of votes.
“My goal is to continue to break the barriers that hold back our students from achieving their ultimate goal of obtaining a higher education in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Guajardo. “In essence, it is all about helping all students across the RGV achieve a post-secondary education.”
Rose Benavidez will remain the STC representative for Starr County. Benavidez took nearly 70 percent of the vote and will begin her second full term.
Benavidez thanks the constituents of District 1 for their efforts.
“The election is over but our campaign to strengthen and improve our community continues,” said Benavidez. “We are humbled with the steadfast support and enduring trust you have granted us and we are eager to continue to work for you and with you.”
STC board members will serve the college community and participate in monthly public meetings ensuring the voices of their constituents are represented and addressed.