Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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otonGuerreroOton J. “Tony” Guerrero has sent out his formal announcement and thrown his hat in the ring for the Sharyland Independent School District Place 4 position.

In the announcement sent to the Progress Times, Guerrero stated he has lived in the Mission/Sharyland area for over 37 years, graduating from Mission High School and then attended Pan American University. He graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing.

He is married to Zelda Guerrero. They have two daughters, Dr. Judith Marie Guerrero of San Antonio and Emily Nicole Guerrero, a junior at Sharyland Pioneer High School.

Guerrero listed a number of community service boards and activities over an extensive length of time.
He has been a member of the City of Mission Parks and Recreation advisory board for 12 years and presently serves as the chairman.

He has been a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church for 35 years and has served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and as past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 2698.

In professional affiliations, he stated he has been an official Observer Scout with the National Football League (NFL) for the past 12 years and is also a member of the Texas Association of Sports Officials - Football Division, where he has been a referee with over 28 years of Friday Night Lights arbitration.

The State of Texas 7 on 7 Football Division has named him as its site director for the past 17 years for the State Qualifying 7 on 7 football tournament held every year in Mission. He is also the sitting president for the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame, serving with the RGV Hall of Fame for the past 18 years.

Guerrero stated his reasons for running with, “I believe that public service is incumbent on all of us. It does not need to be a public career, but instead something we contribute. I believe in the last words of Jaycee Creed, where, and I quote, ‘...and that service to humanity is the best work of life.’”

In running for one of two positions up for re-election, he said, “It is important for me to note that while I am running against an incumbent, I do not believe that either has served for any reason other than to work to make Sharyland ISD a better place for students, teachers and families that live within the District. I am truly grateful and thank them for their service.

“Now is the time for me to step forward and continue and improve Sharyland ISD. I believe that conservative fiscal decisions need to be made in our budget. I believe that we need to support term limits for its fellow board members. The hiring and retention of the really great teachers is paramount in the reason I have to seek this seat on the Board.”

For his goals, he listed 1) setting a sound fiscal budget, 2) setting a firm, but fair district-wide employee job policy manual, with consequences for actions deemed unsuitable by district administration and to set policy, and 3) and 4) combined – the hiring and termination of SISD superintendent.

He stated, “Entrusting the superintendent in being the head administrator and manager of the school district is so very important to district success. Letting him select his administration staff is also important to the stability of the district. I promise, my position would not be one of micro-managing the day-to-day activities of Sharyland ISD.”

For more information, Guerrero can be reached at 956-624-5241or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..