If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
Voters in Frio and La Salle counties finished casting ballots in torrential rainfall on Saturday, May 1, to choose their city council and school board trustees.
Pearsall and Dilley will have new mayors when ballots are canvassed later this month and new officeholders take their oaths. Each community saw a number of incumbent councilors turned out of office to be replaced by newcomers.
At Dilley City Hall, former Councilor Gilbert Eguia unseated Mary Ann Obregon, who has served as mayor in Dilley for 22 years. Obregon lost her bid for re-election by a mere 27 votes; Eguia garnered 214 votes and write-in candidate Gilbert Ortiz received 26 votes.
Alexandria Incocencio, who currently holds Place 1 on the Dilley City Council, lost her bid to keep her seat to challenger Inelda Rodriguez.
The winner in Place 2, currently held by Joanne Rodriguez, has not been decided as of press time. Election results show the incumbent receiving the same amount of votes as her challenger, Nathan Rodriguez, for a tie.
According to City Hall, the candidates can choose to cast lots for the seat, or a run-off election can be ordered to determine the winner.
“They can do a drawing, flip a coin or any random selection they both agree upon,” Dilley City Secretary Juanita Fonseca wrote in an email earlier this week.
Residents in Pearsall will see new faces at the council table as the community has selected a new mayor, Ben Briscoe, to fill the vacancy left by Mary Moore. Home Rule Charter guidelines prohibited Moore from seeking re-election as mayor.
Briscoe, who has served on the council in the past, defeated challenger Ramiro Trevino by 200 votes.
Tiffany Arellano Talamantes will fill Place 5, a seat that was left vacant following Abel Nieto’s decision not to seek re-election. Talamantes earned 741 votes to prevail over challenger Edward Carrizales, who earned 403 votes.
Former school board trustee Lionel Gandara took a big lead over opponent JJ Rivera to secure Place 6 at the council table. The seat has been vacant since Councilor Roland Segovia died in February.
The only incumbent to earn re-election at Pearsall is Davina Rodriguez; Aurora Garza placed her name on the ballot in a bid to unseat Rodriguez for Place 7 but fell short by 77 votes.
At the Cotulla City Council, one incumbent has prevailed in the election and two councilors have been voted out of office.
Juan Garcia was successful in his bid for a new term at Place 3 on the Cotulla City Council, earning 453 votes. Challenger Ben Valenzuela received 140.
At Place 4, incumbent Councilor Luis Allala was unseated by challenger Alejandro Garcia Jr., 443 votes to 146.
At Place 5, incumbent Councilor Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez was defeated by challenger Manuel “Quate” Rodriguez, who earned 343 votes to Gonzalez’ 161. Third candidate Estanislado “Tanis” Lopez received 101 votes for the seat.
Cotulla’s election results show that 609 local residents cast ballots before polls closed, either early or on election day. With a total of 2,717 registered voters in the city, the results indicate a turnout of 22.4 percent. Results will be canvassed at the council’s May 12 meeting in the AB Alexander Convention Center.
Cotulla ISD was the only school to hold a trustees’ election this year, as Pearsall ISD canceled its election when no candidates filed for places on the ballot to challenge incumbents, and Dilley ISD is not scheduled to hold a board election until November 2022.
One candidate on the CISD Board of Trustees was uncontested in the election; Kim Hoff is returned to office for a three-year term and has been re-elected unchallenged since taking the seat in 2010. At Place 4 on the school board, previously held by Scott Reese, candidate Ramon “Monchi” Charo has failed to gain more than 50 percent of the electorate, earning 300 votes, or 43.9 percent. Candidate Thomas Childers, a former board member, received 283 votes, equivalent to 41.5 percent. Third candidate Alfredo Zamora Jr. received 99 votes in the election, or 14.5 percent of the electorate. The tallies indicate 686 voters out of a registered total 4,305 cast ballots, representing 15.9 percent voter turnout.
Cotulla ISD has indicated it expects the two leading candidates in the race for Place 4 to face each other in a run-off, with a date to be announced.