Delgado Announces Candidacy for College of the Mainland Board of Trustees Position 6

Delgado Announces Candidacy for College of the Mainland Board of Trustees Position 6

Local businesswoman files as a candidate and announces intentions to represent stakeholders and constituents in efforts to boost community confidence in COM

Rachel Delgado of Texas City, Texas has announced that she is a candidate for the College of the Mainland (COM) Board of Trustees – Position 6, one of two at-large positions.

Rachel was born and raised in Texas City. Rachel is married to Jason Delgado and together they have four children between the ages of 4 and 13. Rachel and Jason are members of and attend church at The Fellowship of Texas City.

Rachel is a graduate of Living Stones Christian School and attended College of the Mainland from 1995 through 1996 before transferring to Baylor University. “My time at College of the Mainland was instrumental in expanding my intellectual and economic ambitions”, said Rachel. “As a new high school graduate, the learning environment at COM embraced me and stimulated a lifelong passion for learning that has enriched my life ever since”.

In addition to being a full-time mom, Rachel is a multi-family real estate investor with apartment buildings in three Texas counties. “We’ve put a tremendous amount of our time, effort and money into building up our equity in our apartments” explains Rachel.  “At times it is rewarding but it is also a risky business where the costs of ownership, maintenance and financing can put a real squeeze on you. Over time, the experience gives you a sharp eye for assessing opportunities, for measuring the performance of an enterprise, and also a keen interest in local tax and spend issues”.

In addition to serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission of Texas City, Rachel Delgado was recently a candidate for state representative of Texas House District 23, winning over 3,000 votes or 30% in a three-way race. “Although disappointed we didn’t win, I’m extremely proud to have received the votes and support of so many people in our county”, said Delgado.  “Knocking on a few thousand doors and attending just about every civic group and club meeting over a period of years, you get to know people, understand their concerns, and earn their trust” Rachel explained, “and I believe the combination enables me to be an effective trustee on the COM Board”.

CAMPAIGN MISSION AND PURPOSE

As a former COM student, a mother and also a local property tax payer, Rachel’s feelings for the college and its performance are very personal but also typical. Like so many other county residents, her desire is to ensure COM is able to deliver on its mission of student success. “Galveston County is growing – in the last ten years, the county has added 45,000 additional residents, over 18% growth” said Delgado, “and COM has both tremendous opportunities as well as challenges”. Delgado cited the 2011 $86 million dollar bond election which was narrowly defeated. “COM has real needs which still exist.  The current Board has made progress in governance and fiscal responsibility and I have a lot to contribute to those efforts that are building confidence in the local community.”

BOOST PERFORMANCE OF COM, GETTING ON PAR WITH AND EXCEEDING THAT OF IT’S PEERS

Delgado announced the foundational components of her campaign as follows: Ensure student success is job one – the College exists to educate. Partner wherever possible with local industry – this will ensure the economic success of students. Continue to enhance governance and fiscal accountability – this will maximize the return on the local taxpayer’s investments in the College. And doing all three will build community trust in the Board. “If we focus on these things, we ensure COM maximizes its ability to deliver educational and economic success to our community. I ask for your support and your vote for Rachel Delgado”.

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