Jim Wells County’s elected officials began their new terms today by taking an oath of office.

The oaths were administered during a special meeting of the Jim Wells County Commissioner’s Court in the courthouse.

Only Jim Wells County officials took the oath of office. State officials will take their oath in the state capitol.

In one of the most contested races, incumbent Democrat Zenaida Sanchez beat out write-in candidate, Margie H. Gonzalez by a two-to-one margin. Sanchez received 1,608 votes to Gonzalez’s 842 votes.

Other local candidates who kept their seats or had no opponent in the General Election  included District 20 State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, District 35 State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles, 79th Court District Judge Richard Terrell,  District Attorney Armando G. Barrera, County Attorney Jesusa Sanchez-Vera, Sheriff Oscar Lopez, Tax Assessor-Collector Mary Lozano, Precinct 3 Commissioner Oswald Alanis, Precinct 3 Justice of Peace Karin E. Knolle, Precinct 1 Constable Jesus Salinas Jr., Precinct 3 Constable H.M. Sonny Crisp, Precinct 4 Constable Frank Davila Jr., Precinct 5 Constable Mike Mitchell and Precinct 6 Constable Bartolo V. Guajardo.

Commissioners also approved bonds for elected officials.