Candidates tout beliefs at forum

Diboll candidates for school board introduced themselves to a sparse gathering Monday night at the Diboll PTSA Candidate Forum at the H.G. Temple campus cafetoreum.
Also speaking were the candidates in the runoff election for Precinct 4 Commissioner, incumbent Scott Cooper and challenger Bobby Cheshire. Their election runoff is May 28.
There will be no Diboll city election this year.
Keith Whitworth is challenging incumbents Ronnie Coleman, Roy Salazar and Trey Wilkerson for one of three at-large positions on the school board.
Early voting for the is Monday through Friday, April 28 through May 6, at Diboll City Hall, 400 Kenley St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day for the school board is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10.
Results will be posted online that night at dibollfreepress.com.
Each of the candidates had five minutes to introduce themselves.
Whitworth works in the maintenance department with Texas Department of Criminal Justice. While recovering from shoulder surgery about 11 years ago he substitute taught in Diboll schools.
“It took about 30 minutes for me to realize the support teachers need,” Whitworth said.
Coleman is the current vice president of the board. He is a full-time pastor of a church in Leggett, said he is proud to be a member of a board of trustees that “is not just a group that sits and pays the bills. We are faces in the community.”
He added that “Diboll is unique, and so is the school population and the board needs to keep someone the board the community feels comfortable with.”
Wilkerson, the current board president,  has been on the board for 14 years. He is a financial advisor here in Diboll. Telling a story about his young daughter being a “problem-solver,” Wilkerson said that is what he tries to be.
“You also have to show up and be a apert of the process,” Wilkerson said. “You have to be informed.
More information about the school board candidates and the commissioners will be in next week’s edition.