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Run-off Election May 22: Local candidate runs for county school board

Harris County voters will go to the polls this Tuesday, May 22 for a run-off election in a number of positions.

Democrats in the Aldine area will vote for candidates for Governor, District Clerk, County Clerk, County Treasurer, and County School Trustee at Large.

Republicans have only one race of local interest, TX-29 Congressional District, now held by Gene Green. Candidates on the Republican ticket are Phillip Aranoff and Carmen Montiel. The winner will face the Democratic candidate in November, Sylvia Garcia.

Voting on Election Day is from 7am to 7pm, and in the Aldine area your location will be either Johnson Elementary School, or Hardy Senior Center. Check www.harrisvotes.com.

The race with the most local interest is for County School Board, at Large, on the Democratic ballot.

Well known community leader Richard Cantu, is running against Josh Wallenstein. In the March primary, Cantu received 39% of the votes, and Wallenstein 30.7%.

Wallenstein is an attorney with his own firm. Previously he worked for a large corporation as a compliance officer.

Cantu is well known in Aldine, as the Deputy Executive Director of the East Aldine District. In that capacity he continues his commitment to public service. Previously he held positions of responsibility with the Houston Parks department and BakerRipley. He currently is chair-elect of the Aldine Education Foundation, and has successfully chaired the Aldine ISD’s $798 million Bond election.

Cantu has 24 years of experience in public service, much of it related to educational organizations. He plans to continue HCDE programs in Early Childhood Education, After School programs for children and adults, and workforce development. In addition, he says he will be fiscally responsible, and report regularly to the public on HCDE activities.

Cantu is endorsed by a number of local officials and citizens, including Gene Green, Armando Walle, and Sylvia Garcia.