2018-03-07 / Front Page

Two runoff elections coming for Willacy Demos

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter


WILLACY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN ERNESTO “LEFTY” CAVAZOS and W.C. Elections Administrator Mary Hope Barrera read out precinct totals to political candidates and supporters outside the W.C. Annex building late Tuesday. 
(Photo by Allen Essex) WILLACY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN ERNESTO “LEFTY” CAVAZOS and W.C. Elections Administrator Mary Hope Barrera read out precinct totals to political candidates and supporters outside the W.C. Annex building late Tuesday. (Photo by Allen Essex) Two runoff elections will be held May 22 in Willacy County as a result of Tuesday’s voting in the Democratic Party primary election.

Incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Oscar DeLuna received 332 votes, or 42.13 percent. He will face Noe T. Loya in a May 22 runoff election. Loya received 242 votes, or 30.71 percent. Richard Flores, III received 214 votes, or 27.16 percent.

DeLuna received 153 early votes, 37.23 percent of the total. Flores received 112 early votes, 27.25 percent of the total. Loya received 146 early votes, 35.52 percent of the total.

In the county clerk race, also set for May 22, will be between interim clerk Susana Rios Garza, who received 756 votes, 39.71 percent and Jacob Quilantan received 703 votes, 36.92 percent. Francis L. Zamarano-Najera received 445 votes, or 23.37 percent.

Garza received 369 early votes, 39.68 perent of the total.

Quilantan got 311 early votes, 33.44 percent. Zamarano- Najera got 250 votes, 26.88 percent.

Garza, who has worked in the clerk’s office 35 years, was recently appointed by county commissioners to be the interim clerk to replace Terry Flores, who has been county clerk 36 years. Garza will serve all of 2018 as interim clerk.

All totals are unofficial, election night tallies. Votes will be canvassed before becoming official.

Adolfo Cordova was the winner in Willacy County tallies for the bench for the 197th state District Court being vacated by the long-serving Judge Migdalia Lopez, who hears cases for that court both in Willacy and Cameron counties. Cordova received 791 votes, 43.77 percent. Carlos Masso received 469 votes, 25.95 percent. Sonia Herrera received 430 votes, 23.8 percent of the total. Gerardo “Gerry” Linan got 117 votes, 6.47 percent.

Combined totals for the 197th state District Court race were also not available at press time.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddy” Gonzales, won re-election with 287 votes, or 51.53 percent. Ramiro “Porky” Vela Jr. , 270 or 48.47 votes.

Gonzales got 118 early votes, 60.82 percent. Vela got 76 early votes, 39.18 percent.

Jessica “Annie” Rosas defeated former justice of the peace George Estevan Solis, with her 504 votes, 51. 01 percent of the total, to secure the new justice of the peace 1 seat. Solis received 484 votes, or 48.99 percent.

Rosas got 324 early votes, 52.01 percent of the total. Solis received 299 early votes, 47.99 percent.

Willacy County eliminated two JP positions last year, dropping from five JP courts to three as a cost-cutting move. Judge George Solis had resigned and Judge Juan Silva had been on leave for many months due to illness.

Results for the race between longtime Dist. 31 state Rep. Ryan Guillen, (D-Rio Grande City) and former district judge Ana Lisa Garza were only available for Willacy County at press time. Guillen had 998 votes, 51.5 percent, to Garza’s 940, 48.5 percent in Willacy County. Tallies from other counties in District 31 were not yet available.

There is no Republican candidate for the District 31 House seat.

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