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Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce hosts local candidates for May 12th elections

Local candidates for the May 12th election were hosted by the Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce
Local candidates for the May 12th election were hosted by the Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce
Cari Ray

Last night, Monday, April 23rd, the Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce sponsored a forum for the candidates of for the upcoming May 12th election. It was held at the Nolan Ryan Center on the Alvin Community College campus. The Alvin City Council, ACC Board of Regents and the Alvin Independent School District (AISD) candidates were asked questions generated from an audience of approximately 80 people.

The majority of the questions from the audience were directed at the AISD School Board candidates. On the question of term limits, Ramiro Mondragon, Alvin City Council candidate, replied with “it’s important to follow the law and follow the rules; follow the codes…no favoritism.” AISD Candidate, Mike Lansford stated that “if the people vote, you have term limits.”

Of the School Board candidates present, only Mike Lansford and Dr. Royce Mitchell were outspoken concerning last year’s AISD tax rate increase in light of a surplus greater than $10M. Instead, the incumbent for Position 2, Pete Vincent, discussed other local school district tax rates in comparison stating that “AISD tax rate is among the lowest in District 4.”

The featured candidates were:

Alvin City Council

At large Position 1: Brad Richards, Ramiro Mondragon

District B: Adam Arendell - unopposed

District C: Jim Landriault - unopposed

ACC Board of Regents

Position 1: James Bart Dewitt, Ted Kalivoda – not present

Position 2: Bel Sanchez - unopposed

Position 3: Doyle Swindell – unopposed

Alvin Independent School District Board of Trustees

AISD Position 1: Mike Lansford, Nicole Tonini, Pete Vincent - Incumbent

AISD Position 2: Celeste Etheridge - not present, Ron Elkins, Regan Metoyer

AISD Position 3: Cheryl Harris, Dr. Royce Mitchell, Becky Singleton

For more information on polling places, go to the Brazoria County Clerk’s Elections page. Watch for articles highlighting some of the individual races.

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