His name is Jose Leal and he's Houston Independent School District's newest School Board Trustee for District III replacing Manuel Rodriguez who passed away unexpectedly just a few weeks ago on July 19th.  The board appointed him to be a "caretaker" for the seat until an official election is held.

He currently works as a Special Needs Educator at Houston CAN Academy Southwest.  Prior to that, Trustee Leal previously served in administrative capacities as assistant principal and as a counselor at Charter School Yes Prep and CAN Academy bringing over 30 years of educational experience to the seat that includes Milby and Chavez High Schools as well as the middle and elementary schools falling in their feeder pattern.

He challenged incumbent Manuel Rodriguez in the most recent 2015 District III election forcing a runoff.  Rodriguez held the seat trouncing Leal in a 56% to 44% face-off.