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More file for public office

There are a number of elected positions up for grabs this fall, and Tuesday morning seven more people decided to throw their hat in to the ring and seek public office.

In Sunnyside, Bill Gant filed for Sunnyside City Council position four. He is currently the only candidate who has filed for the position, which is currently held by Bengie Aguilar.

Two incumbents filed for their positions on the Sunnyside School Board Tuesday. Larry Pangle filed for the director district one position he currently fills, and Lorenzo Garza Jr. filed for the director district three position, which he currently holds.

Pangle said he decided to run for re-election because he likes being involved in both the community and the education of local youth.

"That's what it's all about," Pangle said. "It's all about the students."

He added that he thinks the school board is currently moving in a positive direction and he would like to see things continue to go that way.

"Continued positive growth (is important)," Pangle said.

Garza said he decided to run for re-election because he thinks the school board is doing some excellent things for students in the district. He added that the board is also just beginning to see the fruits of their labor, as test scores are beginning to rise in the district.

Garza said besides increasing test scores, he thinks parental involvement is another important issue for Sunnyside.

"We need to get parents to start asking questions and getting more involved with how their students are doing academically," Garza said.

In Grandview, long-time Grandview City Councilwoman Helen Darr filed for the position of mayor. Norm Childress, who filed for the position Monday, is currently serving as the city's mayor.

Darr said she decided to file for mayor because wants to emphasize the necessity for common-sense in decision making.

"This can be accomplished by communication," Darr said.

Tuesday morning, Colleen Byam also filed. Byam filed for re-election for her seat on the Grandview Port Commission, where she serves as the commissioner for district one.

Byam said she decided to run for re-election because she wants to continue to see the Port have success. She noted that the Port has been busy leasing property along Wallace Way and has had some people begin to show some interest in the Port's property off of Stover Road.

She added that she feels the Port is working to better the community.

In Granger, Lilia Villarreal filed for Granger City Council position one, which is a seat she has held for six years.

Villarreal said she decided to run for re-election because it is an exciting time in Granger.

"Exciting things are happening in Granger and I still want to be a part of that," she said.

She added that there are some future projects the city is taking on that she would also like to be a part of, including working to increase tourism in the area and developing the portion of Granger that is just off of Interstate 82.

In Mabton, Rachel Ruelas filed for a position on the Mabton School Board. Ruelas filed for position one, an at-large seat, which is currently filled by Peggy Zeebuyth.

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