Pictured: Precinct 3 Commissioner Oswaldo Alanis fills out the necessary paperwork for a recount at the office of Elections Administrator Pearlie Jo Valadez. Photo by MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Finished 2 votes behind challenger Perez

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

With two votes separating him from his opponent, Precinct 3 Commissioner Oswald Alanis filled out the necessary paperwork for a recount Monday morning.

Alanis was seven votes ahead after the Primary last week, but lost ground to his opponent, J.C. Perez III, after last Saturday morning's provisional ballot count.

After election night, Alanis was ahead 983 to 976 against Perez. During the provisional ballot count, the Ballot Board Judge approved an additional 52 ballots in the election. Out of that total, Perez received an additional 14 votes, while Alanis received an additional five. The new total put Perez ahead 990 to 988 votes against Alanis.

"By no means am I going to let it go that easy," Alanis said, concerning the two-vote difference.

Alanis said he had spoken to Perez late last week, before Saturday's provisional ballot count, and said he respects both the candidate and his family.

Both candidates have commented on how respectfully the race was run during the election.

Alanis, unsure of what the outcome of the recount would be, said that as always, he will place his constituents and the residents of Jim Wells County first.

"Should he stay ahead after the recount, I offered him (Perez) all the help I could provide. As commissioner, my focus has always been on the residents of Precinct 3, and it will continue to be. Whatever I can do to help, that's the type of person I am," Alanis said.

The date of the recount has not been set.

Elections Administrator Pearlie Jo Valadez said that it would more than likely take place after the canvassing of the vote on March 13.