Alex Shantz was elected as Napa Valley College’s student trustee in a special election held at the campus on Dec. 3 and 4.

Shantz will fill the vacancy left by outgoing trustee Ruscal Cayangyang, who is leaving the position as of Dec. 31 to pursue full-time studies at UC Berkeley. Shantz will be carrying out the remainder of Cayangyang’s term for the spring semester.

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Shantz won the election with more than 55 percent of the vote. He ran against one other candidate: Associated Students of NVC Senator Angela Ituriaga, who received nearly 45 percent of the vote. A total of 427 students voted over the two-day period.

Outside of the college, Shantz serves in local government as an at-large representative on the Napa County Gang and Youth Violence Commission. He also serves on a Community Garden Ad Hoc Committee formed by the Napa County Local Food Advisory Council.

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