CISD school board candidate details

A total of six patrons, including three incumbents, have filed for three seats up for election during the Comal ISD school board election, May 7.

In single-member district 1, which covers the Comal ISD area within the New Braunfels city limits, incumbent Laura Kistner is running unopposed.

Kistner was appointed to the school board in August 2004 to fill the vacancy left by Dora Gonzales. That unexpired term comes up for re-election in May 2006. Kistner, a fund raising/special event consultant, has two young children, one of whom attends a Comal ISD school.

In single-member district 3, which covers the communities and area north of Canyon Lake, incumbent Mark Smith is being challenged by Frank Baker. Smith was appointed to the school board in November 2004 to fill the vacancy left by Nick Nichols. That term is up for election this May and the winner of the race will serve a three-year term.

Smith is an account executive with a local insurance company and father of one child in Comal ISD school\ Baker is a real estate appraiser and the father of two children enrolled in Comal ISD schools.

In district 4, the area south of Canyon Lake, incumbent John Bertelsen has drawn two opponents. Donna Holmes, a retired educator, has filed for the three-year term, as has Wylie Queen, a security company owner. Bertelsen, who has served on the board since 1999, works in sales. He is currently the treasurer on the school board.

Early voting runs April 20 through May 3.

Early voting locations are:

· Comal County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

· CRRC-Canyon Lake Action Center, April 28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On election day, May 7, voters in districts 3 and 4 can vote at the following locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

· District 3:

Fischer Community Center

(Precinct 3)

· Spring Branch Volunteer

Fire Dept.

(Precinct 5)

· District 4: Canyon Lake

Golf & Country Club

(Precinct 4)

Voters in districts 3 and 4 in the Comal ISD can look at their voter registration cards to determine which school board district they reside in or they can visit http://www.comalisd.org/board/smdmaps.htm to access the boundaries and maps for those districts.

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