Guerrero to seek another term in office; deadline to file is March 12

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

School board trustee Armando "Curly" Lopez Sr. will not be seeking re-election after 10 consecutive term, and school board incumbent R. David Guerrero will seek another term after serving on the board for 16 years.

Candidates wanting to run for school board have the option of running for Place 4 or Place 5 and can file up to the March 12 deadline.

As of Thursday afternoon, no candidates had filed for the Alice Independent School District's May election.

The wife of School Board Trustee Lopez confirmed Thursday morning that he would not seek re-election this year.

Lopez, who is suffering from a painful toothache this week, was on the phone with his wife, and asked her to answer for him.

"Mr. Lopez has decided that he's not going to run in this year's election. He believes he has served enough years on the school board and has decided to step down after his term is up. He wants to let somebody else run for the position, a new face," Trini Lopez said. "It's been awhile, and he wants someone else to have a chance now."

Lopez, one of the longest running school board members in Alice ISD board history, has served continuously as the Place 5 trustee for 30 years.

He was first elected to the board in 1977. He also served as Fire Chief for the City of Alice.

During his last re-election campaign and subsequent victory in 2004, Lopez promised that his current term would be his last.

Place 4 Trustee incumbent Guerrero is up for re-election this year.

He served as a trustee from 1989 to 1992 and was then elected again, from 1995 to the present, according to school district records.

"I contemplated whether I wanted to slow down…but, after visiting with several teachers and people in the community, they told me, 'we need for you to stay there, you listen to everybody.' That's one of the reasons I'm going to stay and seek re-election," Guerrero said.

Guerrero also serves as the 79th Judicial District Court Clerk.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melonae Day said the last day to file for the election is 5 p.m. on March 12.

Although the deadline falls during the district's spring break vacation, Day said the school district office would be open from 2 to 5 p.m. that day to allow candidates to file.

Early voting will be from April 30 through May 8, with election day on May 12.