Alice voters decided change was needed on the positions that represented them. On Saturday, May 6, a new mayor and city council was elected.
Jolene B. Vanover was elected as mayor with a 49.3 percent (1,096 votes) over Incumbent Ike Ornelas' 23.53 percent (523 votes) and Larry Martinez's 27.17 percent (604 votes).
"I am immensely grateful to the citizens of my hometown for electing me as their Mayor," Vanover stated. "I guarantee I will be a fierce leader that is committed to diversely growing a strong community and will leave a positive footprint that will grow into our future as citizens of Alice, Texas!"
Pete Crisp remaine in City Council Place 1 with 65.52 percent of the votes (1,372 votes). His oppent Tony Sexton had 34.48 percent (722 votes).
“I'm very excited about being elected,” Crisp stated. “I was excited when I was appointed but being a voice of the people means being elected by the people. I look forward to working with a eclectic groupf of ladies to move Alice forward and progress the City of Alice.
Voters elected Elida Garza for Place 2 on the city council with 38.05 percent (812 votes). Michael Wohl had 24.37 percent (520 votes) and Incumbent Pete Beltran had 37.58 percent (802 votes).
The City Council Place 3 seat will be replaced by Cynthia Ann Carrasco - 56.81 percent (1,213 votes). Carrasco's oppenet Hector L. Villarreal received 43.19 percent of the votes (922 votes).
Place 4 on the city council will be seated by Yolanda Sosa Moran. Moran received 48.45 percent of the votes (1,064) over Incumbent Ron Burke's 34.29 percent (753 votes) and Mauricio R. Garza II's 17.26 percent (379 votes).
Voters also elected two new men to the Alice ISD School Board on Election Day.
Incumbents Ben Salinas Jr. for Place 2 and Herman Arellano for Place 6 were unopposed and remain as trustees.
Albert Molina was elected for Alice ISD School Board Place 3 over Incumbent Servando “Wolf” Garza Jr. Molina had 51.42 percent (1,282 votes) versus Garza's 48.58 percent (1,211 votes)
“As a member of the Alice Isd School Board, I look forward to working with a group of passionate people to make the best decisions for the children and community of Alice, Texas,” Molina stated.
For Place 7 for Alice ISD was won by Margarito Perez Jr. with 88.41 percent of the votes (2,227 votes) over Brian Charles Arredondo's 11.59 percent (292 votes).
“I was excited to be a DARE officer and giving to the children. Now, I can make a bigger impact on the school board by giving to the children and their needs,” Perez stated. “I'm thankful to voters, there were a lot of voters, and I'm ready to start.”
Other races in Jim Wells County included:
Premont Mayor and City Council candidates
Eloy Cantu - 6.38 percent, 48 votes
Norma Tamez Tullos - 44.28 percent, 333 votes
Mario Alberto Rodriguez - 49.34 percent, 371 votes
City Council Place 1
Soila “Soilita” Bautista - 37.07 percent, 268 votes
Andy Garza - 62.93 percent, 455 votes
City Council Place 2
Irma C. Martinez, unopposed.
Proposition – A $10.6 million bond for Premont ISD for the purposes of designing, constructing, renovating, improving, acquiring, and equipping school facilities, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.
64.71 percent - yes
35.29 percent - no
Editor's note: Elida Garza, Carrasco, Moran could not be reached for comment by press deadline.