Eli Heredia runs for school board in 3-way race

ALAMOSA — The race for Alamosa School District Board of Education's District 1 position is heating up. With the addition of Eli Heredia, along with Dr. Thom Miller and Star Quintana, there are now three candidates vying for the same seat vacated by Charlie Sanchez. Other district positions remain unopposed or without candidates.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity and I'm fully invested in the community," said Heredia to the school board during their meeting Tuesday night.

Heredia has owned the janitorial company Cleaning Solutions for 17 years and also has experience mentoring students. His two children, Eric and Eliana, have recently entered fifth and eighth grade at the school district, respectively.

"I believe that through the experience I have, I have a wealth of information that I can share that can be an asset to the community," Heredia said. "I just want to continue to serve the community and work to make it a place where our students can succeed right here in Alamosa."

The district has a total of four open positions. Board President Erica Romero is running for re-election unopposed for District 4. No candidates are running for Neil Hammer's District 3 seat, which is still vacant after his resignation last summer. The District 6 position is open without candidates since Arlan Van Ry is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. The deadline to be on the ballot has passed and those two other seats will be filled by appointment, presumably in November after the election.