Herrera resigns leaving Board seat vacant

We just received word that Albert Herrera from District 4 has resigned from the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees.

What happens now? One of two things according to Board policy:

Vacancies

Education Code 130.082(d) provides that any vacancy occurring on the Board through death, resignation, or otherwise, shall be filled by one of the following methods:

1. A special election ordered by the Board. A special election to fill a Board vacancy is conducted as provided by the applicable provisions of the Election Code. A vacancy filled by special election shall be for the remainder of the term for the trustee district.

2. Appointment by order of the Board. A person appointed to fill the unexpired term shall serve until the next regular election of members to the Board, at which time the position shall be filled by election for the remainder of the term. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy in a trustee district must be a resident of that trustee district.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be elected or appointed to a public elective office the candidate must meet the requirements established by the Texas Election Code §141.001.

The Board is generally locked into a series of 5-4 votes in favor of Chancellor Bruce Leslie’s numerous initiatives, so while this is not a “swing vote” seat, it is of vital importance that the person who fills the seat is able to fully represent the needs and concerns of students and community members in District 4.

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