Applications open for school board candidates

SAN BENITO — Want to be part of the board in charge of making decisions that impact the San Benito school district?

Three places on the school board will be up for election in May.

Applications are now open for school board trustee hopefuls.

The San Benito school district has uploaded the 171-page application packet detailing information required for running for election.

The School Board Candidate Application contains information on the first steps for candidates running for school board trustee positions.

Information on filing authority, becoming a candidate and officeholders are all contained in the packet along with information disclosing policies involving donations and collecting funds for campaigns.

Currently, the incumbents of each place are board president Michael Vargas of Place 1, Trustee Anna Cruz of Place 2 and Trustee Joe Gonzalez of Place 3.

Trustees Place 4 through 6 will be open in 2020.

Hilda Rendon, executive director of finance and operations, is in charge of this year’s election process.

The last day for potential board members to file for a place on the general election ballot is Feb. 16.

Election Day is Saturday, May 5.

Think you might want to run for the school board?

Here are some requirements

• Be a U.S. citizen

• Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term

• Has not been convicted of a felony

• Is a registered voter in the territory from which the office is elected

• Resided in the state for 12 months and in the territory of the office of the election for six months