BEEVILLE – Those wanting to know just where the candidates for college board stand have their chance Monday evening.
“It is not a debate. It is not a forum,” said Patty Johnson, Republican party chair. “They are going to get five minutes to state their case.
“There may be one or two questions taken from the floor.”
The event is part of the Republican Club’s monthly meeting. However, party business will be held at the end of the meeting after the candidates are through speaking.
The meeting will be inside the Community Chorus practice area beside the Rialto Theater in downtown Beeville starting at 5:30 p.m.
Also invited are the two Beeville school board trustees seeking the Sub-District I position. Incumbent Matt Huie will face Eddie Salazar. As of Thursday morning, it was not known if either would be able to make the meeting.
All of the candidates for the college board have confirmed they will attend.
In Place 1, incumbent Louise W. Hall will face Dee Dee Bernal.
• Hall attended Incarnate Word College in San Antonio and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin followed by graduate study at the Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico in Mexico City. She managed Hall’s Store in Beeville for many years.
• Bernal is the principal at A.C. Jones High School. Prior to that, she served as principal at FMC Elementary School. At Jones High, Bernal is working to bring more technology to the students.
In Place 3, incumbent Paul Jaure will face Jeff Massengill.
• Jaure received his bachelor of science degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and received his master of science degree from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. He is a retired agriculture teacher.
• Massengill, along with his wife, owns Americana Arms. He is a former CBC communications division chair and had been at the college for 12 years. He received a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He received his master of science in curriculum and instruction with an English concentration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
In Place 5, appointed board member Martha Warner will face Tiele Dockens.
• Warner attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a baccalaureate degree in business administration before receiving her Juris Doctor (JD) from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She served as the district attorney for the 156th Judicial District covering Bee, Live Oak and McMullen counties from 2004-2012.
• Dockens will graduate in May with an accounting degree and plans to continue her studies in Corpus Christi to receive her bachelor’s degree in marketing. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
It is not unusual for the party to host candidates but it is unusual in that these candidates do not run with a party affiliation.
“There has been a lot of interest in it and there has been a lot of concern,” Johnson said, citing why they invited these trustee candidates.
The club members, she said, wants to ensure that the public is able to “make an educated decision on their candidate.”
Everybody, no matter their political affiliation, is invited.
“Any of our meetings are open to the public,” she added. “You don’t have to be a member to attend.”