School Board Candidate Pat Chavez Makes Background, Students A Priority
By ROBERT NARANJO
Valley Daily Post
Valley Daily Post
As part of a series to educate voters about the different candidates running for school board, the Valley Daily Post invites candidates to participate in a candidate profile series. In this edition we profile Pat Chavez, candidate for EPS School Board District 3. Chavez faces Gilbert Serrano in the February 7 election. District 3 incumbent Lucas Fresquez is not running for reelection.
Whether it’s a one-on-one interview, an on-air radio interview on KDCE or listening to what parents and students at the Española Public Schools (EPS) are suggesting to improve schools, District 3 Española School Board Candidate Pat Chavez’s message is crystal clear. He wants all EPS students to excel to their potential and he is confident they can succeed with the right leadership at the school board level.
District 3 encompasses Upper and Lower San Pedro, Santa Clara Pueblo, La Mesilla, Sombrillo, Guachupangue, LaPuebla and Cuartele. Lucas Fresquez currently represents District 3 but is not seeking re-election.
Chavez’s experience in education is telling. He served as a building trade’s instructor and worked as a pipefitter with Local Union 412 in Los Alamos for more than a decade. Chavez went on to work as an education consultant for the National Education Association of New Mexico (NEA-NM) for more than 25 years and also served the New Mexico State Legislature for six years as a Bill Analyst for the Senate Education Committee. He said this is invaluable experience in education and will serve EPS and its students very well.
Chavez told the Valley Daily Post he would like to discuss the issues with his opponent in an open forum so District voters can compare and contrast each candidate’s vision. Chavez lives in Upper San Pedro with his fiancé. He is retired from NEA-NM and said he has the time and energy to serve all students of EPS and will make his tenure on the board about the youth.