Nearly 1,500 vote early in AISD; city saw about 1,150

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Early voting for the May 12 election ended in Alice Tuesday, with varied numbers for the three entities involved.

Nearly 1,500 residents voted in the Alice Independent School District Board of Trustees election by the close of early voting Tuesday.

According to figures provided by the district, 377 people voted in person, while the district received 1,100 mailed ballots. A total of 1,665 mail-in ballots were sent out, district officials said.

The AISD election includes five candidates seeking the Place 4 and Place 5 spots. For Place 4, incumbent R. David Guerrero faces challenger David Johnson. Lee Ramon, Ricardo Gonzalez and Servando Garza Jr. are seeking the Place 5 seat.

In the City of Alice election, 304 residents voted in person at City Hall during early voting. A total of 854 mail-in ballots had been received as of Tuesday.

The City of Alice election includes five candidates seeking four open council seats. Those candidates include incumbents Juan Rodriguez Jr. and Dorella Elizondo, and challengers Shane Valverde, Leo Escobar and Mauricio Garza II. Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez is uncontested in the election. The city ballot also includes a $9.6 million bond issue and an item to form a civil service organization for the Alice Police Department.

In the state-wide election, which is administered locally by Jim Wells County, 335 people voted in person during early voting. Of those 335, 164 voted at the Jim Wells County Courthouse, 134 voted in Premont and 37 voted in Orange Grove.

A total of 17 mail-in ballots were requested, and two had been received by the close of business Tuesday, officials said.

As the only state amendment on the ballot this year, Senate Joint Resolution 13 calls for a reduction of up to one-third of the current property tax rate considered by school districts for those elderly or disabled homeowners whose homesteads are under a tax freeze due to age or disability.