2017-05-17 / Front Page

“Zeke” Cavazos sworn in but Commissioner Smith may face runoff

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter

Place 3 vote totals for the May 6 Raymondville City Commission election will be re-counted at 10 a.m. Monday, City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia said after Monday’s city meeting.

Former Willacy County justice of the peace George Solis, and Joel Garcia, attempted to unseat incumbent Clifton Smith.

Votes were canvassed during the Monday meeting and it was determined that Solis’ petition for a re-count is valid since he made the request and paid a $400 fee, the recount will be held in an undisclosed location by election judges who were not involved in the May 6 election night counting, the city manager said.

Solis received a total of 326 votes, or 28.45 percent; incumbent Smith received 574 votes, or 50.09 percent; and Garcia got 246 votes, or 21.47 percent, a city document shows.

Solis said he is hopeful the re-count could trigger a runoff election but knows he is being very optimistic, he said.

“Like they always say, every vote counts,” said Solis, who is also a longtime American Legion official.

Other city commission votes canvassed include Place 4 totals: Eziquiel “Zeke” Cavazos received 655 votes, or 57.31 percent, and he defeated Irene Moreno Cavazos, who received 488, or 42.69 percent.

County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra administered the oath of office to Cavazos before quickly leaving to go to Lyford to administer oaths to their elected and re-elected officials.

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