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Newcomers Huffhines, Longoria-Peña vie for seat on Marshall ISD board

By Bridget Ortigo
April 21, 2017 at 6 a.m.


Marshall residents Ted Huffhines and Maricela Longoria-Peña have both filed to run for the board’s District 4 seat made vacant by outgoing trustee Brad Howlett.

Howlett, a Marshall ISD and ETBU alum, said he is unable to run for re-election for his seat due to a recent move outside of the District 4 region.

Huffhines is a former Marshall ISD teacher, principal and administrator, serving in education for more than 32 years.

“I will do all I can to help our schools be the best that they can be and to continue to improve,” Huffhines said on Wednesday. “I have experience as an educator and the knowledge to help us move forward in creating the best opportunities in education for our students. I believe we have good people at Marshall ISD, we just need to give them the resources they need to succeed and improve.”

Huffhines’ wife also served as a teacher and both of the couple’s daughters graduated from Marshall High School.

One of Huffhines’ daughters, Heather Hill, has returned to Marshall High School where she currently serves as the Mavette director and dance instructor.

“I want to do all I can to make sure our kids in Marshall get the best opportunities to be successful,” Huffhines said.

Huffhines also serves on the Marshall Rotary Club.

Longoria-Peña said she is a Marshall High School graduate and current Marshall ISD parent of five.

“I have volunteered for years with the school and the district and currently serve as a board member of the Marshall ISD Education Foundation,” Longoria-Peña said. “I’ve also volunteered with Junior Achievement and believe parental involvement is key.”

Longoria-Peña said she is bilingual and has ties to the district’s Latino community, which she could use to help increase their awareness of district activities and encouragement parental involvement.

“Sometimes parents want to help and be supportive, they just don’t know exactly what to do,” she said on Wednesday. “I believe we have talented teachers and support staff and hardworking administration and if we can get more parents’ support, the combination can only improve the growth and the experience of the district. Our children are the future of our community and we do these things out of love and a sincere desire to see them succeed.”

In District 1, incumbent Mrs. Charles Wilson has filed to run for re-election, as has District 5 incumbent Chase Palmer.

Wilson is currently in her 27th year of serving on the district’s board of trustees.

Palmer, a Marshall High School graduate, also serves on the board of directors at Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall.

Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24-28, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 1-2 at the Harrison County Elections Office, at 415 E. Burleson St.

Election Day voting will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marshall Convention Center.

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