Voters pick new county judge, commissioner
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS 2022
LA SALLE REJECTS CREATION OF EMERGENCY SERVICE DISTRICT
DILLEY ISD HAS NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Voters in Frio County cast their ballots early, by mail, and on election day Tuesday, November 8, to put a new judge and a new commissioner into office, while those in La Salle decided they will not pay a property tax to support the fire and ambulance brigade.
Preliminary results of the election for local government, as posted late Tuesday by elections staff at the county courthouses, show that Rochelle Camacho will be the new Frio County judge and Danny Cano the county commissioner in Precinct 4 as of January 1, 2023.
Camacho won the race with 1,742 votes over Jose Asuncion, who took 1,045; and Jessica Villanueva, who took 987.
Cano won the commissioner’s seat with 541 votes. Candidates Roy Kallio and Joe Obregon earned 332 and 7, respectively.
At Dilley ISD, the school board trustee election on the same night saw incumbent Juanita Alvarez returned to Place 1 with 440 votes; incumbent Rene Alvarez returned to Place 3 with 435 votes; and incumbent Aida Chapa returned to Place 4 with 527 votes.
Juanita Alvarez defeated Iris Gonzales, who took 352 votes.
Rene Alvarez defeated Catherine Markell, who took 353 votes.
Chapa defeated Joe Kortis, who took 259 votes.
Russell Furnace was elected to Place 6 with 535 votes, uncontested.
The La Salle County election for Proposition 1, asking voters to choose whether the county may establish Emergency Services District 1 and levy a ten-cent property tax on the $100 of appraised value, saw 821 vote against and 532 vote in favor of the measure.
The ESD would have become the principal funding source for the La Salle County Fire Rescue, whose full-time salaried firefighters and medics are stationed in Cotulla and Encinal.
Local candidates unopposed and thereby elected to their respective offices (including newcomers who prevailed in the party primaries) include the following:
District Clerk Ofilia Trevino, County Clerk Aaron Ibarra, County Treasurer Pete Martinez, Pct. 2 Commissioner Mario Martinez, Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Shanna Gates, Pct. 2 JP Sandra Waldrum , Pct. 3 JP Susana Ruiz-Belding, and Pct. 4 JP Jack Proctor.
LA SALLE COUNTY
County Judge Leodoro Martinez III, County & District Clerk Sonia Maldonado, County Treasurer Maria Perez, Pct. 2 & 6 Commissioner Joaquin Alba, Pct. 4 & 5 Comm. Raul Ayala, Pct. 1, 5 & 6 Justice of the Peace Roxanna G Rodriguez, Pct. 2 JP Frank Weikel, Pct. 3 JP Ernesto “Neto” Ramirez, and Pct. 4 JP Janie Megliorino.