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Six Individuals File for Candidacy for Three Del Mar College Regents Seats on Nov. 6 Ballot

Article by: Claudia Jackson

By the filing deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, a total of six individuals had filed for a place on the ballot for the Del Mar College (DMC) Board of Regents November election. Three seats––which include one at-large, District 1 and District 3 seats––will be listed on the Nov. 6 election ballot.

On the DMC Board of Regents, five regents represent specific geographic districts while four serve at-large. The Del Mar College District includes all the area in the Calallen, Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff, Tuloso-Midway and West Oso Independent School Districts. Candidates will draw for their place on the ballot Monday, Aug. 27, at noon in the Isensee Board Room, Harvin Student Center, Del Mar College East Campus.

Candidates for District 1 (6-year term)

Gabriel Rivas, III

P.O. Box 5065

Corpus Christi TX 78465

(361) 883-8970


Ofelia Chavez

3633 Sobey Drive

Corpus Christi TX 78408

(361) 444-5009


Candidate for District 3 (6-year term)

Elva Estrada

4805 FM 1889

Robstown TX 78380

(361) 742-2518


Candidates for At-large (6-year term)

Guy Watts

4237 Ocean Drive

Corpus Christi TX 78411

(361) 244-5074


Sandra Longoria Messbarger

14901 Windward Drive #201

Corpus Christi TX 78418

(361) 949-2179


Hector “Coach” Salinas

522 Ronson Drive

Corpus Christi TX 78412

(361) 944-3762

Rivas, Estrada and Messbarger are currently serving on the Del Mar College Board of Regents. A map of the Del Mar College Single Member Districts and list of the voting precincts included in each district are available under the heading District Map at www.delmar.edu/regents-and-community/board-of-regents/board-meeting.html


About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.