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Three elected to terms on Heber school board

November 07, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The race for three seats on the Heber Elementary School District board saw one incumbent re-elected and two political newcomers seated to four-year terms.

Those elected, based on preliminary results from the county Elections Office, were Margarito "Tito" Huerta Jr., who has served eight years on the board, Diana Elisa Villarreal and Maria Elena Fierro.

Villarreal received 156 votes, or 17.87 percent of the votes cast, Huerta garnered 118 votes, or 13.52 percent, and Fierro, 112 votes, or 12.83 percent of the votes cast.

Incumbent Martha Soto, who served one term on the board, received 108 votes, or 12.37 percent; incumbent Prima Mendibles, who served eight years on the board, received 35 votes or 4.01 percent of the votes cast.

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Among the others who sought election, Patsy Becerra received 93 votes; Marcelina Soto, 92 votes; Lila Trujillo, 86 votes; and Margarita Ruiz, 73 votes.

Huerta said he is looking forward to having the chance to continue serving the community as a school board member.

"There are a lot of good things happening at the school district and I'm happy to be a part of the board."

He added the district has a strong administration that is moving the district in the right direction.

Villarreal said she wants to work with the board in a unified manner to "get the job done."

She added, "I'm going to work as best as possible with the board to have our community become more involved."

Villarreal added she is thankful to the community for giving her the chance to serve on the board.

Fierro could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.

Mendibles said she is proud of her years of service to the community and said over the last eight years the district has improved.

>>Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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