UPDATE: The HISD Board voted unanimously this morning to hold a special election on Nov. 2, 2010, to fill the unexpired term created by Diana Davilla’s resignation. Filing for candidates starts tomorrow in the Board Services Office at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center at 4400 W. 18th. Filing deadline is Monday, August 30.
As HISD trustees prepare to appoint someone to fill a vacant position on the board, several Houston Hispanic leaders are calling for a special election.
Unless the current trustees have a change of heart the decision will be made at Thursday night’s board meeting.
Below is a copy of the letter sent to board members.
Hispanic Elected Officials Call for a Special Election for HISD District VIII
Houston// In a letter sent to Greg Meyers, President of the HISD Board of Trustees, State Representatives Alvarado, Hernandez, Farrar and Walle, Senator Gallegos, Council Members Rodriguez and Gonzalez, HCC Trustees Perez and Loredo, Constable Trevino, and Justices of the Peace Rodriguez and Delgado are requesting that the HISD board set a date for a special election to elect a new Trustee for District VIII.
“Diversity is the lifeblood of democracy – our present situation calls on us to once again tap into and embrace that core principle of democratic governance–“government of the people, by the people, for the people,” stated State Representative Carol Alvarado. “The District VIII voters deserve the right to decide who the next District VIII representative will be.”
This vacancy was created when Trustee Diana Davila resigned last month; she has since moved out of the district. The person elected in a special election would serve the remainder of her term, and would have to seek reelection in November of 2011.