(Editor's note: An election story which was published in the Alice Echo-News Journal's Wednesday edition included inacurrate vote totals from Saturday's election. This is the corrected story.)
Alice voters elected two new school board members, a new city councilwoman and decided a contested mayor’s race Saturday.
Political newcomer Jennifer Barrera Solis and one-time school board member Cirilo “Ciro” Zamora” were elected to the Alice ISD school board. Solis defeated Robert “Bobby” Pena in Place 1 by a narrow margin, 1,074-1,024, while Zamora won Place 4 with 1,148 votes to Bambi Lopez’s 574 and Miguel Casarez’s 361.
In the city elections, Vanover defeated former councilwoman Cynthia Carrasco, 1,208-564. This will be Vanover’s second term as mayor.
Incumbent councilman Ron Burke was re-elected by a slim margin, defeating candidate Mauricio R. Garza II, 884-836. A new councilwoman was elected by voters. Newcomer Sandra Maldonado Bowen beat Tony Sexton, 1,281-368.
Incumbents Pete Crisp, Place 1, and Robert Molina, Place 4, were unopposed in the election.
In area elections, Jim Wells County residents around Ben Bolt and Palito Blanco approved the creation of Jim Wells County Emergency Service District Number 2. The measure received 87 percent of the vote.
Orange Grove voted for its school board. Seal Brand, Will Klatt and Dusty Stewart received the most votes in the election.
The following are the unofficial totals for the Alice ISD, City of Alice and JWC Emergency District election Saturday. These totals include absentee, early votes and election day totals. While complete, these totals are still unofficial:
• Robert “Bobby” Pena – 1,024 votes (48.81 percent)
• Jennifer Barrera Solis – 1,074 votes (51.19 percent)
• Bambi Lopez - 574 votes (27.56 percent)
• Miguel Casarez - 361 votes (17.33 percent)
• Cirilo (Ciro) C. Zamora – 1,148 votes (55.11 percent)
• Lee Ramon – 1,452 votes (100 percent)
Alice ISD proposition A: The issuance of $20,790,000 of bonds to finance the construction of improvements and renovations to, and equipping of, existing school building in Alice Independent School District, and levying the tax in payment thereof.
• For – 1,498 votes (73.50 percent)
• Against - 540 votes (26.50 percent)
CITY OF ALICE
• Jolene B. Vanover – 1,208 votes (68.17 percent)
• Cynthia Carrasco - 564 votes (31.83 percent)
• Pete Crisp – 1,295 votes (100 percent)
• Mauricio R. Garza II - 836 votes (48.60 percent)
• Ron Burke - 884 votes (51.40 percent)
• Sandra Maldonado Bowen – 1,281 votes (77.68 percent)
• Tony Sexton – 368 votes (22.32 percent)
• Robert Molina – 1,426 votes (100 percent)
JWC EMERGENCY SERVICES DISTRICT NO. 2 CREATION
The creation of Jim Wells County Emergency Service District Number 2 and adoption of a tax on the ad valorem property situated in said district at a rate not to exceed ten cents on the one hundred dollars valuation for the support of the district.
• For - 75 votes (87.21 percent)
• Against - 11 votes (12.79 percent)
ORANGE GROVE ISD
Board of Trustees
(Top three elected to board)
• Dusty Stewart - 118 votes (23.69 percent)
• Will Klatt - 140 votes (28.11 percent)
• Randall Eulenfeld - 99 votes (19.88 percent)
• Seal Brand - 141 votes (28.31 percent)