Cantu, Martinez win Bloomington school board races

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Nov. 6, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.

A retired former board member beat the incumbent on the Bloomington school board Tuesday.

Bacilio Cantu beat incumbent John Cranfill for the Place 5 seat. He advocated less spending on administration offices.

"I'm humbled that I won," Cantu said. "I did it for the students."

Cantu said, his wife, a former school bus driver, died three years ago.

"We were like a team together," Cantu said. "She always motivated me to run, to do something for the kids."

Cantu said, that he felt that it was part of his civic duty to step in and run.

"We need to be honest and not micro-manage the system," Cantu said.

The newly elected board member said his focus will be on the money.

"I want to try to see that everybody is accountable for where the money is spent," Cantu said. "Students are always first."

Newspaper woman Candy Markle-Beck lost her bid to unseat incumbent Raymond P. Martinez for the Place 3 seat.

"Possibly in the future I will run again," Markle-Beck said. "I met a lot of good people, which means more to me than whether I won or loss."

"I'm thankful for all the voters that voted for me," Martinez said.

The winning incumbent is a U.S. Army veteran and alum of Bloomington High School.

Community involvement is the key, Martinez said.

"What we need here is more involvement from the community," Martinez said. "Everybody expects the board to do everything, but it also takes a community to make the schools stronger."

Cranfill could not be reached for comment.



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