After a long campaign the unofficial numbers for the 2016 General Elections in Jim Wells County have been released giving the county a new sheriff.
Sheriff Danny Bueno won the election with 73.85 percent (8,966 votes) over Adan Caro's 26.15 percent (3,175 votes).
“First of all I want to thank the people who came out to vote. In running for sheriff, my first thing was my Catholic faith, and being humble and loving to all citizens,” Bueno said after the election. “Whether you voted for me or didn't vote for me I'm just grateful that you came out to vote.”
Bueno also thanks his family for the hard work and support throughout the campaign. He plans to work with different counties and entities such as Coastal Plains for mental health, and against domestic violence and child abuse.
State Representative J.M. Lozano received 61 percent (30,996 votes) over Marisa Yvette Garcia-Utley who received 39 percent (19,690 votes), according to the Texas Secretary of State.
The United States Representative, District 34 race between Rey Gonzalez Jr. and Filemon Vela went to Vela. Vela received 63 percent (104,513 votes) to Gonzalez's 37 percent (62,240 votes).
Carlos “Coach” Gonzalez faced Richard Miller for County Commissioner Precinct 3 in the general elections. Miller received 42.05 percent (1,318 votes) to Carlos Gonzalez's 57.95 percent (1,816 votes).
The race between Jim Long and Mateo Clark for Constable Precinct 1. Long received 71.69 percent (509 votes) over Clark's 28.31 percent (201 votes) percent.
Constable Precinct 3 race went to Bartolo Guajardo Jr. with 76.72 percent (1,519 votes) over Edward )Eddie) Valadez's 23.28 percent (461 votes).
Unopposed races were:
District Judge, 79th Judicial District – Richard Terrell
District Attorney, 79th Judicial District – Carlos Omar Garcia
County Attorney – Michael Guerra
Tax Assessor-Collector Mary C. Lozano
County Commissioner, Precinct No. 1- Margie h. Gonzalez
Constable, Precinct No. 1 – Jesus "Chuy" Salinas Jr.
Constable, Precinct No. 4 – Frank Davila Jr.
Constable, Precinct No. 5 – Robert Vasquez Sr.
Ben Bolt Palito Blanco ISD school board members were part of the 2016 General Election.
Place 4 – Julie Garcia Ramos won her place with 64.29 percent (578 votes) while Rolando Ramirez (Bullet)had 35.71 percent (321 votes).
Place 5 – Sharon Swisher Daniels had 48.45 percent (438 votes) and Noe (Chato) Cadena had 51.55 percent (466 votes). Cadena won place 5.
Place 6 Maria Saenz Garza and Place 7 Higinio Garcia were unopposed.
A Special Election for place 1 on the BBPB School Board listed Mario Escobar on the ballot. He was unopposed.