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If you are planning on voting in the May 14 Victoria school district trustee election and have not registered, time is running out. Voter registration deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday.

You can register to vote at the Victoria County Elections Office at 111 N. Glass. Or phone Elections Administrator George Matthews for any other registration information at 361-576-0124.

The Advocate is accepting political letters for candidates in the school election. Sending these endorsements is easy. Make sure your letter is no more than 200 words (the maximum for political letters) and include your contact information (address and phone number). Only your name and city of residence will be published with your letter.

You can send the letters to P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, Texas 77902, drop them by our offices at 311 E. Constitution St. in Victoria, fax them to 361-774-1220 or email them to Always check to make sure your email was received because sometimes the Advocate’s spam filter grabs them. Phone 361-580-6313 to make sure the letter was received.

Also, the deadline for these letters to publish is 5 p.m. May 6. Any letters received after that date or postmarked a day later will not be published.

Candidates in the school election include the following:

* District 1, unexpired term -- Jake Gonzalo Flores and Kevin VanHook (appointed incumbent)

*District 3 -- L.J. (Lou) Svetlik and Garland (Butch) Smith

The Advocate’s intention is to provide viewers with two live Q-and-A sessions via our website with the four candidates. Candidates will be contacted soon for times to air their messages and answer voters’ questions.

Voters are encouraged to send questions for candidates now. Send them with heading Candidate Q-and-A to the addresses above.

Again, don’t forget to register to vote -- time is running out.