Editorial: Research candidates, then vote

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ED vote mapFour incumbents vie for seats on board of trustees.

Early voting starts Monday to elect trustees for Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the Alamo Colleges board.

It is imperative to get informed and make a trip to the polls during early voting or on Election Day May 7.

Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 represent the entirety of the South Side, the majority of the West Side and part of downtown and the East Side.

Candidates chosen to represent those districts will vote on issues and make decisions that will affect students, faculty and staff in the district’s five colleges for the next six years.

During that time, representatives of these districts will have a vote in whether students should pay higher tuition, whether students and faculty can speak during citizens-to-be-heard portions of public meetings, how faculty’s performance will be evaluated, whether to add to the additional $2 million spent over the next four years  on FranklinCovey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “4 Disciplines of Execution,” and whether tax increases are enacted.

With four out of nine seats up for grabs, voters can decide to return incumbents to the board in a vote for the status quo or bring new voices on board.

Political science Professor Christy Woodward-Kaupert said seats can be filled with as few as 1,000 to 2,000 votes.

The 11 candidates for the four districts answer questions in this special edition after being interviewed about topics the district faces.

But do more than read about the candidates here.

Research them online; strike up conversations with friends and family to get their opinions; contact the candidates directly and ask questions.

Read past articles about board meetings and decisions at www.theranger.org and www.mysanantonio.com.

Get educated about the issues so the right candidate to represent you will clearly stand out.

Most important, get out to the polling places and vote.

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