The Dublin ISD board of trustees might soon be seeing some new faces.
In addition to three incumbents vying to keep their seats, five new candidates have filed to run for election in the at-large race that will be decided on May 9. The eight hopefuls will compete for a chance at three openings on the board.
One newcomer to the school board, but not a new face in the city of Dublin, Police Sgt. Ken Drozeski, has decided to give it a go despite his busy job.
Marvin Curry, who has served on the board of trustees in the past, has decided to step up once again. Curry owns M&M Service Station on Blackjack Street.
“I feel like they need some representation on the school board,” said Curry. “I think everyone should do some time on the school board.”
Another hopeful, Heath Bamber, who operates Bamber Dairy and also works nights at Schreiber Foods as a materials handler, has also applied for a shot at one of the three openings.
“I just want to support local kids,” said Bamber, who has four children who have attended classes in the district. “I think the coaches and teachers need be held accountable.”
Newcomer Katlan Gaitan, who works for Northland Cable in Stephenville, feels that it is time for a change in the running Dublin schools.
“As a graduate of Dublin, I know how things are,” Gaitan said. “I have a son, who is two, and will be in school soon, and I want to make some changes to make Dublin a better school district. I hope for better education and I’m ready for some improvements.”
Lathes “Thessie” Towns has also stepped up to compete for one of the seats. She works at Tarleton State University as the director of parent relations.
“I really want to give back to the community,’ Towns said. “My children have gone through the Dublin school system and have done so well. The program is a great one.”
Three incumbents have also filed, including Garron House, who has served six years on the board; Joe Willingham, owner of AirTight Insulation in Stephenville; and Sammy Moore, who owns and operates Patrick Street Pharmacy in Dublin.
Willingham has served on the board of trustees for four years and hopes to serve at least two more. Moore has served one term on the board of trustees.
Drozeski was out of the office and not available for comment at press time.