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Just two days into early voting for the 2021 municipal elections that will determine mayoral and council office holders in cities across Frio and La Salle counties, city officials are reporting that voter turnout has been low.
As of Tuesday morning, 50 eligible voters had cast a ballot for the municipal election in Pearsall.
Former Councilor Ben Briscoe and opponent Ramiro Trevino are vying for the mayoral seat currently held by Mary Moore. Home Rule Charter provisions prohibit Moore from seeking re-election as she has served six consecutive years as mayor.
Tiffany Arellano Talamantes and Edward Carrizales are seeking to fill Place 5, a seat that has remained vacant since the passing of Roland Segovia in February.
Lionel Gandara, a former school board trustee, placed his name on the ballot for Place 6 and will run against Johnny “JJ” Rivera. The seat is currently held by Abel Nieto.
Incumbent Davina Rodriguez will face challenger Aurora Garza for Place 7 at the council table.
Early voting continues through Friday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, and Tuesday, April 26-27, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. at Pearsall City Hall.
Election Day is Saturday, May 1, with ballots cast at Ted Flores Elementary School, 321 Pena St., from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
In Dilley, eligible voters can cast their vote at City Hall through Friday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. On Election Day votes can be cast at City Hall.
Former Councilor Gilbert Villanueva Eguia is looking to unseat long-serving Mayor Mary Ann Obregon. Incumbent Joe Garcia prevailed over Eguia in the November municipal elections for Place 5.
Alexandria Inocencio currently holds Place 1 and will face Inelda Rodriguez in May; incumbent Joanne Rodriguez will face challenger Nathan Rodriguez.
At Cotulla City Hall, early voting began Monday, April 19, and continues through Friday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, April 24, City Hall will again be open for early voters, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday and Tuesday, April 26-27, early voters can cast ballots at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ballots will also be cast on Election Day, Saturday, May 1, at City Hall, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Places on the ballot for the Cotulla City Council this year are Place 3, held by Juan Garcia, challenged by Ben Valenzuela; Place 4, held by Luis Allala, challenged by Alejandro Garcia Jr.; and Place 5, held by Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez, challenged by Estanislado “Tanis” Lopez and Manuel “Quate” Rodriguez.
Cotulla city staff confirmed Tuesday afternoon, April 20, that fewer than 50 people had cast early ballots over the first two days that polls had been open.