Only Beeville Mayor David Carabajal and Martha Warner, former district attorney, were returned to their positions on the City Council and Coastal Bend College board, respectively.
The rest are newcomers to their posts and will bring with them a different perspective in their roles providing direction and oversight.
Congratulations to all the winners in the city, school board and college trustee elections.
Obviously the CBC races attracted the most attention locally, with more than 1,800 ballots cast on election day or in early voting.
We agree with comments made by the winning candidates, published in today’s edition, that the emphasis for the college board should be on improving communication.
Trustees need to be prepared to listen to all the people at the college, from the president to the faculty, students and custodians.
Certainly, in trying economic times, some tough decisions must be made. But the college must rebuild that trust between employees and the board.
We don’t believe hiring a public relations firm is necessary; just visiting the campuses and some good, old-fashioned listening and open discussion.