Residents to cast vote for Harlingen school district trustee

HARLINGEN — It’s election day.

Residents can make their voices heard, in this case deciding who will be a trustee for the Harlingen school district.

Two candidates, Eladio Jaimez, 39, and Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, 43, are running for Place 7. Incumbent Greg Powers, Place 3, is running unopposed.

Jaimez, who was born and raised in Harlingen, said he’d like to continue being an advocate for the district’s children. He also wants to support community members who don’t have children in the district’s schools.

Jaimez comes from a journalism background. He 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 TexasStateTechnicalCollege. He’s currently the communications consultant at AEP Texas.

Mercado-Garza came to the United States from Mexico as an infant, graduated from HarlingenHigh School in 1992 and moved into Sunny Glen Children’s Home at age 17.

She 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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