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A reception was recently held at Bravo Farms in Kettleman City to introduce Mary Gonzales-Gomez as the newly appointed board member to the Kings County Board of Education. Gonzales-Gomez, a Corcoran resident, represents this community as well as Avenal and Kettlemen City on the board.

was joined by Avenal Councilman Alvaro Preciado in thanking Gonzales-Gomez for bringing the reception to Kettleman City in an effort to introduce herself and to reach out to their community.


Also on hand was Supervisor Richard Valle who opened the reception with introductions that included locally elected officials Ray Lerma and Sid Palmerin (city council) and Clarence Cryer (planning commission). Lerma provided a brief introduction of Gonzales-Gomez.


The new appointee gave those present a brief description of her past career and public service, including 14 years of employment with the Corcoran Unified School District. She served for five years as a board member on the local school district’s board of trustees.


She said she has two goals that she hopes to provide to the communities she represents.


“First is identity: I want you to know who Mary Gonzales-Gomez is and what she looks like. Second is accessibility: I want you to know that you can reach out to her and that she can and will be accessible to you,” she stated.


During the program, Gonzales-Gomez was also presented a certificate from the office of Assemblyman Rudy Sales for her strong commitment to education and “tireless advocating for the Central Valley.”



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