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Anna Garza Llanes, a Home Mortgage consultant of 15 years with a national financial institution and a home lending field worker for 28 years, has filed for the Place 2 post in the upcoming San Benito CISD School Board election.
She is a 1978 graduate of San Benito High School and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Education from the University of Pan American. She has been married to her husband of 30 years, Mike Llanes, and they have two sons; David, a college student and HEB employee and Michael, who works in retail and banking. They are both graduates of San Benito High School. She is the daughter of the late Guadalupe and Siria Garza. Her siblings are Homer Garza, Linda Alvarado, Sylvia Llanes, Nancy Duran, and Norma Torres.
Llanes said her commitment to the children of this community is evident in the clubs and organizations that she devotes her time to, including the Parental Involvement Afterschool Program, American Red Cross, United Way, Challenger Learning Center; and the San Benito High School Band Boosters.
She said her commitment also extends to the city in her capacity as board member of the Special Events Board, San Benito Round Table committee and the Resaca Fest committee. Over the years, Llanes has been appointed by the school board seeking recommendations from the public to various committees. Llanes, who said she is an advocate for resourced children, also said has been active in seeking equity for the rights of special education students through school/parental committees.
Llanes said, “The U.S. Supreme Court has said education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments, and I believe our system of local school districts and boards of education epitomize representative and participatory government. The school board trustees are citizens elected from our community to make decisions about educational programs based on community needs, values, and expectations. I believe that the San Benito school board has been entrusted by our citizens to translate the needs of our students into policies, plans, and goals that will be supported by the community in the best interest of our children.”