LA MARQUE — A former school board candidate and outspoken critic of former Superintendent Ecomet Burley has had his record expunged of charges that he assaulted a former school board member.
After a tense school board meeting Nov. 4, 2011, William “Bo” Hunter was charged with misdemeanor assault after then school board member Cynthia Malveaux accused him of pushing her against the door of her truck as she was leaving.
Four months later, Justice of the Peace Sonny James dismissed charges against Hunter. Soon after, the court agreed to clear Hunter’s record of the charges being brought.
“All I have ever wanted is to clear my name,” Hunter said. “That has been my priority. I’ve been assassinated all over Galveston County by The Galveston County Daily News, and I just wanted people to know I was exonerated.”
A Daily News story on the charges being dropped was scheduled to run in 2012 but did not. When school district officials and some of Hunter’s supporters complained to The Daily News, editors agreed to follow up with another story.
Hunter, a longtime community activist in La Marque, had maintained that he never assaulted Malveaux but was only stepping between her and another school board member as they argued.