Guadalupe County commissioners race could rest on 36 provisional ballots | Alert
With 35 of 35 polling places reported, unofficial Guadalupe County joint primary election results were available and the two sides read them differently in a local race.
Stephen Germann, a contender for the Republican nod and a virtual win for the precinct 1 county commissioner seat, was set to accept the nomination. His opponent, Joel Hicks, felt it too early Wednesday morning to call the race, which was extremely close.
In the unofficial results, Germann had 1,223 (50.5%) votes to Hicks’ 1,200 (49.5%) votes, a difference of 23 ballots. Elections Administrator Lisa Hayes said the county still has 36 provisional ballots and outstanding absentee ballots that have not yet been counted.
“The only thing we have to be careful of right now is that we can’t really say what the results are at the moment because the race is only decided by 23 votes and we have 36 ballots. interim,” said Kara Latimer, Hicks’ campaign manager. . “I think we should trust that our electoral office will let us know when the results are final.”
Germann, on the other hand, said that from what he knew and from what others had told him, the victory was his. He thanked voters for rewarding him with the new position.
“I am very touched by the voters who support me,” Germann said. “I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the support from the voters and the people. I can’t say enough. I am grateful to all the people who helped me, especially my wife.
Democrats did not field any candidates in the race. Thus, the winner of the Republican primary is virtually assured of the post of commissioner of precinct 4.
The primary won’t be officially decided until after his office determines whether each provisional ballot is eligible to be counted, and then an early voting chart counts them, Hays said. The polling station must count the ballots as well as any outstanding mail-in ballots on June 1.
The parties will schedule the votes on June 2, Hays said.
Already confident of his victory, Germann said he intended to keep the campaign promises he had made. He said he intended to make county government more efficient.
The court of commissioners, along with him, will give immediate attention to improving county roads and supporting emergency responders, Germann said. Once sworn in, he plans to start talking with the people who know the needs of the county and his district best, he said.
“I will, as I promised, talk to as many people as possible because voters are the ones who know what this county needs more than the experts know,” Germann said. “I will be talking over the next few months to as many people as I can to get their thoughts on where this office needs to go. I promised and I will.
The runoff winner will replace longtime county resident and commissioner Judy Cope, who ran unsuccessfully to retain her seat in the March primary election, garnering fewer votes than Hicks and Germann.
Neither man got more than 50% of the vote, so they were forced into the second round.
Cope retook the seat in January 2003 after defeating incumbent President Wyatt “Butch” Kunde with 58% of the vote in March 2002. His service was significant and appreciated, Germann said.
“Again Judy Cope, the only comment I have is that we want to thank Judy Cope for 20 years of service to Guadalupe County,” he said. “Twenty years is a long time.
Cope ran an admirable campaign in the March election, Germann said. And Hicks rode a tough race for which Germann congratulated him on Wednesday.
Hicks’ team was happy with the race, but said Wednesday it wasn’t quite over yet.
“I think Joel and I are very proud of the clean campaign he has led for the citizens of Guadalupe County,” Latimer said. “We have to wait. We have to be patient. We have to let the process unfold on its own and we will see what happens when the provisional ballots are reviewed.”
Guadalupe County voters helped decide races elsewhere in the joint primary ballot directly related to the region.
On the Republican side, Casey Garcia obtained 8,483 votes (56.96%) against 6,410 (43.04%) votes for Sandra Whitten for the nomination of the representative of the district 28 U.S., according to the unofficial final results published on the site Texas Secretary of State Web.
For the US representative for District 28 in the Democratic ballot, Henry Cueller seems to have won a victory against Jessica Cisneros. Cuellar appears to have obtained 22,694 (50.2%) votes against 22,517 (49.8%) for Cisneros, according to unofficial figures from the Secretary of State.
According to the Secretary of State’s figures, Michelle Vallejo finished with 6,043 (50.1%) votes in another close race with Ruben Ramirez winning 6,020 (49.9%) votes in the contest for the privilege to run for the U.S. Representative in District 15.