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5/9/06-Tyler

More Profiles Of Candidates For TJC Election

The race for trustees at Tyler Junior College is almost over. Early voting ends on Tuesday. However, those running for the board are still campaigning. We spoke with two men who want to keep there seats on the board.

Both, Lonny Uzzell and John Hills are currently trustees for TJC and graduated from the college.

"I have a great debt to TJC because I went to school there many years ago and TJC gave me the opportunity to get mature and studying habits to go to a major university," says John Hills, Candidate for TJC Trustee Place 4.

They want the college to continue to grow and prepare students for the future.

"Academically I am very proud of the accomplishments that the students have accomplished. We have an outstanding group of teachers, that are second to none as far as I'm concerned," says Lonny Uzzell, Candidate for TJC Trustee Place 6.

As the college grows with almost 10,000 students on campus, John says he looks at it as an opportunity.

"That's an exciting time and when all of your problems are growth problems, it's fun to be a part of it," says John Hills, Candidate for TJC Trustee Place 4.

We asked them what their response was to their opponents saying academics took a back seat to athletics.

"Academics is always a priority at Tyler Junior College. We haven't deviated from that plan at all. These activities attract students and serve as a recruiting tool to help people want to come. I think students want to come a vibrant campus where there are things going on, organizations that they can be a part of and it can be a real college experience," says Lonny Uzzell, Candidate for TJC Trustee Place 6.

"To be able to work on the spiritual and physical side and to be a part of an organization and having fun so it's the total college experience," says John Hills, Candidate for TJC Trustee Place 4.

Lonny and John are still making phone calls to voters in hopes of winning the election.

Mike Coker was not available to visit with us on camera but did say "Education is an equalizer in our community and should be available to everyone."

Last night, their opponents said education took a back seat to athletics. We did check on the construction of the tennis courts with TJC officials and the construction was funded by private donations, not tax dollars.

TJC trustees serve a six year term. Election day is this Saturday.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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