Two school board seats draw opposition May election

Lou Svetlik

Filing ended Monday for the Victoria school board elections, and two positions are opposed.

Jake Flores, a high school student at Liberty Academy, filed for the District 1 seat occupied by the Rev. Kevin Van Hook, pastor of St. Peter's Baptist Church.

Van Hook, who also filed for election, was appointed to the position in October following the death of board member James Murphy Sr.

Garland Ray Smith Jr., owner of Premier Cylinder, filed for the District 3 seat and will run against Lou Svetlik, a chemical process operator, who is seeking re-election for a fourth term.

Tami Keeling, an office manager at Armstrong Warehouse and Transfer, is running unopposed and is seeking re-election for a third term. She serves in the District 5 seat. She is president of the board.

The election is May 14. Early voting will be May 2-10.