P I Press, SPI Board of Realtors, Concerned Citizens, and P I Taxpayers League to co-host Candidate Forum, April 21st.

Come join us at the Candidate Forum. Gayle Hood will represent the South Padre Island Board of Realtors with questions from the Texas Association of Realtors. For details, read below:

PRESS to co-host candidate forum

by Editor

By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com

The Port Isabel South Padre Press is proud to co-host a “Candidate’s Night” to allow the Laguna Madre community an opportunity to hear from those seeking office.

The forum is a joint effort between several organizations. It is being spearheaded by the non-profit and bipartisan group, the Port Isabel Taxpayers League (PITL), in partnership with the PRESS, the South Padre Island Board of Realtors and Concerned Citizens.

Invitations have been extended to all the candidates running for city office in Port Isabel and for trustee seats on the Point Isabel School District Board of Trustees.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 21 at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center located at 309 Railroad Ave. City candidates will address attendees at 6 p.m., while school district candidates will do so at 7:15 p.m.

The candidates will respond to questions from a panel of four, with a three minute time limit per question. The forum will not be a debate, but rather, each candidate will be given an opportunity to answer the same questions.

A timekeeper will monitor the responses for time.

The panel will be composed of PITL representative Gary Snyder, who is chairing the event; Ebbie Ahadi, with Concerned Citizens; Gayle Hood, with SPI Realtors; and Dina Arévalo, editor of the PRESS.

“It’s important because the electorate needs to know their candidates so they can make an informed decision,” Snyder said of the forum.

As of press time it was confirmed that mayoral candidate Maria de Jesus “M.J.” Garza will not be in attendance, as she will be out of the country. Attendance confirmation of some of the other City and school district candidates was pending, as well. The event will continue, nonetheless.

The PRESS is seeking the community’s help in creating a list of questions. Since our publication is tasked with reporting on local government for the benefit of the community at large, we want to know what questions you would like to see candidates answer.

If you have a question you’d like to submit for consideration, please send an email to editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com or call our offices at (956)943-5545. The PRESS reserves the right to edit the final list of questions.

Flyers for the event have been placed across the Laguna Madre region, including Port Isabel City Hall, Laguna Vista Town Hall, and the administration buildings for the school district and water district, among others.

For more information on the candidates’ night, please call Gary Snyder at (956)433-6845.

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About padreeliteteam

Alta Monroe, Gayle Hood, Jules Wilk & Laurie Howell are a full-time professional and dynamic team known as the Padre Elite Team with RE/MAX 1st Choice in South Padre Island. Quality service for their clients is their number one priority. To them, it is about the client's needs and protecting their interests. Finding just the right property for their buyers or helping their sellers get their property SOLD is their goal. Helping clients step through the complicated process of buying or selling a property to a smooth closing is essential to them. A personal Bio on each of the team agents is posted on their website at www.PadreEliteTeam.com. The South Padre Island real estate industry is changing faster than ever these days. With the changes in the economy, there are new challenges with buyers, sellers, foreclosures, short sales, Internet marketing, our education, increases in inventories, changes in comparable sales, and frustrating politics. Alta, Gayle, Laurie, and Jules strive to stay on top of all of these changes and to keep in touch with their clients. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all hold designations they have acquired through eduction. These designations include CLHMS, CRS, GRI, RSPS, CPN, ePRO, SFR and RSPS. Gayle and Jules both hold the CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designation and they are the ONLY agents in the entire Rio Grande Valley that are members of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. This better qualifies them to share their specialized expertise with a luxury home seller or buyer. Making sure the buyer and the seller are represented correctly is a priority for this team. Investing in TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) is important to this team since TREPAC has proven to be a major force in Texas by lobbying for Realtors and property rights for the consumer. For many years, the Padre Elite Team has been a major investor in TREPAC. Alta and Gayle have attended the National Association of Realtors Mid-Year Conference in Washington, D.C. often. The conference is primarily for Realtors that are Board directors or executives. It is a great way to stay on top of the current issues facing Realtors and homeowners in our country. They get to meet with their Senators and Congressmen to express their concerns. Last year they were invited to attend the Realtor PAC President’s Circle Conference in New York where they heard many famous guest speakers regarding current real estate issues. The Padre Elite Team also attends the RE/MAX International Conference each year to acquire more education and to keep up with the latest technology available to Realtors in the Marketplace. They have received numerous awards for being Top Producers in the real estate industry. Education is a priority for this entire team including their assistant, Grace. The GOOD news is that 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015 proved to be better each year for real estate sales in South Padre Island and the surrounding areas of Port Isabel, Laguna Vista/South Padre Island Golf Community, and Bayview. The real estate market is showing an increase in the number of sales and a leveling of values. Now that the market has hit the bottom, investors are finding that real estate is a great place to invest their money. It is still a buyer's market and a great time to buy. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all agree that it has been such a pleasure to live & work in a resort area such as South Padre Island. A hundred of your closest friends and family will visit when you live near the beach! Clients are always encouraged to contact them. For more information about this team and to view their blog, visit www.PadreEliteTeam.com.
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