HARLINGEN — Two candidates are running to fill the seat vacated by long-time school board member Verna Young.

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, 39, and Eladio Jaimez, 39, are campaigning for Place 7 in the school board election May 7. Incumbent Greg Powers, Place 3, is running unopposed.

Jaimez has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas-Pan American. He spent 12 years as a reporter for the Valley Morning Star and then worked as a communications specialist for Texas State Technical College. He’s currently a communications consultant at AEP Texas.

Mercado-Garza, holds a doctorate of philosophy in curriculum and instruction. She was in the Houston area for several years and has served as a teacher, a principal, assistant principal and a superintendent.

She’s now chief executive officer of E-Colors in Education, Inc.

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Early Voting

Early voting for the May 7 Harlingen school board election ends May 3.

The polling location is City Hall, second floor City Commission chamber, 118 E. Tyler Ave.

This week:

Today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Next week:

Monday, May 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.