South Texas College’s Board of Trustees called for elections for three district seats at its February 2012 regular meeting. Elections will be held in conjunction with any scheduled municipal elections on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The positions up for election include trustees for districts 1, 2 and 6.
STC trustees are elected by the constituents of the districts they represent. The seven districts that are represented on the board are determined based on the population centers of the two counties the college serves. District boundaries are approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. District 1 includes all of Starr County. District 2 encompasses La Joya, Western Mission, Palmview, Sullivan City, Penitas and Western Alton. District 6 includes Donna, South Alamo, South San Juan, South East Pharr, South Weslaco and Progreso.
Trustees are elected for six year terms. Those elected in May 2012 will serve through May 2018. Members of STC’s Board of Trustees are expected to participate in regular working groups focused on the future development of the college. Trustees also participate in monthly public meetings and are encouraged to participate in college-wide activities as their schedules permit. Trustees are tasked with listening to the constituents of their district and ensuring those voices are represented in addressing college issues.
The filing deadline for a place on the ballot for these elections is Monday, March 5, 2012 at 5 p.m. Filing forms, campaign information packets and district maps are available through STC’s Office of the President. Filing forms must be submitted to the college’s Office of the President.
Qualified candidates must be resident qualified voters, have been continuous residents of the district they hope to represent for the previous six months, and of the State of Texas for the previous 12 months, prior to the day on which the filing is made.
The college is also currently accepting nominations to fill the unexpired term of the late Mike Allen for its District 3 seat. The term for the seat expires in May 2016 and encompasses South McAllen, Southwest Pharr, Hidalgo, Sharyland, Southeast Mission and Granjeno. For a Request for Consideration Form, map of District 3 or questions regarding the procedure and deadline contact STC’s Office of the President or visit www.southtexascollege.edu/board. Packets will be accepted through Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 4 p.m.