Cantu, Martinez elected to board

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Voters in Premont ISD elected incumbent Mark Anthony Cantu and newcomer Naida Quintanilla Martinez Saturday to the school board and voted against the $9.8 million school bond.

According to complete and unofficial results, the top two seats were occupied by Cantu, who received 660 votes, or 30 percent of the vote, and Martinez captured 611 votes, or 27 percent of the 2,230 votes cast.

Candidate Matthew A. Perez received 576, or 26 percent of the vote, and candidate Benny Clegg ended up with 383 votes, or 17 percent.

Cantu will serve in his fifth three-year term since 1990 and said his constituents re-elected him because he listens to the taxpayers.

"I can say that I do listen to my constituents and I also say my point at the school board meetings," he said.

"I try to keep everyone at the same (level) and treat everyone the same."

The $9.8 million school bond was defeated with voters casting 569 votes against the bond and 370 voting for the bond. The bond failed by 199 votes with 61 percent of the votes against it.

Cantu said the community was vocal about the bond.

"Like the community, I wanted to know what we were going to do with the bond money and have it itemized," Cantu said of the failed school bond. "The community spoke very loudly on that."