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A run-off election for a place on the Cotulla ISD Board of Trustees and a re-run to settle a tied vote in a Dilley City Council race ended Saturday, June 12, with winners announced shortly after polls closed.
Nathan Rodriguez has defeated Dilley Councilor Joanne Rodriguez for Place 2 at the table, garnering 188 votes over the incumbent’s 164. The Rodriguez vs. Rodriguez re-run was ordered after both candidates received 212 votes each in the May 1 municipal election.
The council newcomer is a 2014 graduate of Dilley High School and is employed in the technology department at the school district. He will take his oath of office at the next city council meeting after the election results are canvassed.
Three provisional votes have also been logged in the council election re-run, pending certification. Their inclusion in the canvassed election results will not affect the outcome.
At Cotulla ISD, former Trustee Thomas J. Childers has been elected over fellow candidate Ramon “Monchi” Charo to take Place 4 at the table. The seat had been vacated this year when long-serving Trustee Scott Reese announced he would not seek re-election. Candidates Childers and Charo were joined by Alfredo Zamora Jr. on the May 1 ballot, and none of the three earned more than 50 percent of the vote.
The result necessitated a run-off election between the top two vote earners.
Results posted by Cotulla ISD over the weekend indicate Childers took 335 votes and Charo 290. The tally represents a voter turnout of more than 14.9 percent of the 4,197 registered voters in the district.
Childers will take his oath of office at the next school board meeting after the election results are canvassed. He is a former school trustee, having served at a different seat on the board until last year, when he was defeated in his bid for re-election.
Local government representatives elected on May 1 in Pearsall, Dilley and Cotulla have already taken their oaths of office and begun serving in their respective capacities. Elections in Pearsall and Dilley included mayors and councilors; Cotulla saw three council seats on the ballot. Pearsall ISD canceled its school board election for 2021 when no candidates filed to challenge the incumbents. Cotulla ISD had one other seat on its ballot, and the incumbent had no challengers in the re-election bid. Dilley ISD does not have a trustee election until November 2022.