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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - March 2009
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Tony Castillo seeks Election to Woodville City Council Place 1
Tyler County Booster - March 2009

My name is Tony Castillo and I am announcing my candidacy for position 1 of the Woodville City Council. The citizens of Woodville are familiar with me. I was elected to the City Council in 2005 and held that office for a year until I became Mayor of Woodville in 2006. I ran for re-election as Mayor in 2008 and was narrowly defeated by the current Mayor. Because I was not re-elected I have had to wait a year to file for another position in city government. I have seen and been part of the city’s growth over the past few years and I believe I am the best candidate for this position. I am married to Melissa and we have three children, Nathan 14, Madison 13, and Garrett 8. We moved to Woodville in 2001 and currently live at 505 Kirby Dr. I was the Administrator for Sinclair Childrens’ Center for seven years. In 2008 I was hired by Girls’ Haven, Inc., in Beaumont, to be the Executive Director and continue to serve in that position. I grew up in a small town in Louisiana called Converse. Converse has a population of approximately 450, so, I am definitely acclimated to the small town values. After graduating from high school in 1975, I attended East Texas Baptist University on a basketball scholarship. I completed my athletic career in 1979 and moved to Oklahoma where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1981. Currently, I am a Licensed Child Care Administrator, a Licensed Bachelor of Social Work, and a Certified Youth and Child Care Worker in the state of Texas. I have worked with children for 27 years as a teacher/coach in the public school system and in residential treatment for abused and neglected children. I have been active in community organizations and activities. While Mayor I represented Woodville on the Deep East Texas Council of Governments and served on the Grant Review Committee for DETCOG, I have participated in Entergy Team City, I am an Associate Member of the Woodville Lions Club and was President of the club in 2006, I am currently on the Board of Directors for Little Eagles Basketball, the Woodville Youth Football League, and have coached many years in Tyler County Little League baseball. My family and I are members of The Woodville United Methodist Church where I serve on several church committees. I have served on the Education Improvement Committee for the Woodville ISD, the Advisory Committee for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and the Tyler County Hazard Mitigation Task Force. Statewide, I have been President of the Texas Academy for Competent Youth Work, President of the Texas Youth and Child Care Workers Association, and served on the Board of Directors of the Child and Youth Care Worker Certification Institute of Texas. I have also held a position on theNational Board of Directors for the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, Inc. As Councilman, I will bring to the Citizens of Woodville significant experience in local city government, the experience of serving on state and national boards of directors, as well as serving as President of those boards, with a strong sense of leadership and the ability to make decisions based on facts. I bring a strong business sense with experience of managing systems with sizable budgets, and am skilled with personnel/human resource matters. I believe a system with a sound infrastructure is a system that can grow and not become stagnant. I want to be a member of the Woodville City Council because this is where my children will grow up and I want them to have the best community possible to enable them to achieve their greatest potential. I want to be part of positive change and not sit back complaining about things expecting others to make the changes. I believe with my experience and strong belief in family and community values I will be an asset to the City of Woodville as a member of the City Council. Early voting will be April 27th – May 5th and the general election will be May 9,2009. Please vote for Tony Castillo for City Council Position 1.



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