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Area voters choose new leadership
Wilson County NewsMay 15, 2013 | 1,386 views | 6 comments
Despite a lackluster showing for many races, La Vernia-area voters turned out in droves for the May 11 election. The message from voters was clear to the La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) as school board incumbents faced heavy opposition: It’s time for a change.
In Elmendorf, voters could return to the polls at a future date to decide a runoff for one council place.
Across the Wilson County News readership area, residents went to the polls for school and hospital board members, city councils, school bonds, and renewal of a streets-maintenance tax. The results here remain unofficial until votes are canvassed.
La Vernia ISD
The closest race in the La Vernia ISD, with four places up for election, had a margin of a little more than 200 votes. Most margins for these seats were significantly higher, as newcomers trounced the sitting board members soundly. This follows the controversy last year over missing funds and the indictment of the former La Vernia Junior High School principal in relation to the investigation.
Former teacher Janette Chall aced incumbent Mike Jendrusch, currently serving as school board president, 831 votes to 237 in the race for Place 1, while Place 2 incumbent Richard Schier fell to Kimi Kravitz 842 to 219. Susan Reinhard will now serve Place 3, capturing 723 votes to incumbent John Bilicek’s 182, with Dr. David W. Cribb earning 146 votes and Chuck Ford trailing with 19. Place 4 incumbent Eric Friedrichs was unseated by Cody Miller, Ed.D., 641 to 414.
La Vernia council
City residents’ votes offered support for the La Vernia City Council’s leadership, returning longtime Councilman Randy Leonard and approving Marie Gerlich, recently appointed to serve the remaining term of D. Bradford Beck, who stepped down earlier this year. A new face on the council will be Jennifer Moczygemba, currently the chairman of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The unsuccessful candidates were incumbent Eloi R. Cormier and Martin Poore.
Incumbent Richard Rodriguez and newcomer Michael “Mike” Gonzales may face each other in a runoff for a place on the Elmendorf City Council. Rodriguez garnered 32 votes to 21 for Gonzales and 13 for Tom M. Green. As of press time, the city was waiting on confirmation on this. According to City Administrator Cody Dailey, as a “Type A General Law” city, the race may be determined by a plurality of vote, as opposed to 50 percent or more of the votes cast. Incumbents R.M. “Andy” Anderson and Thomas Hicks will remain on the council. Anderson had no opponent, and Hicks drew 41 votes to Tracie Y. DelBosques’s 23.
Another noticeable change will be in Stockdale, where former Wilson County Auditor Ray Wolff unseated longtime Mayor Johnny Stahl. Wolff received 69 votes to Stahl’s 36 votes. Council incumbents Sherry D. Lambeck and Saul Bosquez faced no opposition. Citizens in Stockdale also renewed the city’s quarter-cent streets-maintenance tax by a vote of 68 for, 34 against.
A third of the makeup for the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board of trustees will change. Precinct 1 representative Monica Flores, who since 2009 has filled an unexpired term, did not seek re-election. She was replaced by Tom Ray, who ran unopposed. Also running unopposed were Precinct 2 incumbent Ronald Eckel and Precinct 4 representative Sam Carter.
But in Precinct 3, newcomer Tom Miller received 50 votes, unseating incumbent Sue Coats, who received 38 votes.
In the race for the at-large seat vacated by longtime board member Jimmy Fietsam, Larry Richardson bested opponent Dr. James D. Rethaber, 225 to 161.
Change also will come to the Poth City Council, where four candidates ran at-large for three open seats. Incumbent Linda Criado is out, after receiving only 75 votes. Successful in their bids for office were fellow incumbents Steve Martinez with 83 votes and Paul Martinez with 157 votes. Newcomer Jason Smolka generated significant voter interest with 147 votes.
The Poth Independent School District will begin construction on new facilities, after voters approved the district’s $3.9 million bond proposal. Residents cast 201 ballots for the bond, with 119 in opposition.
Falls City ISD
Eddie Bordovsky and Patrick Jarzombek will continue to represent residents on the Falls City Independent School District board, capturing 184 and 163 votes, respectively. They edged out Jason Mabe and Kelly Hons. Marlin Moczygemba, with 155 votes, will fill the unexpired term of Steve Dziuk. Moczygemba’s opponents were Janelle Dziuk and Aaron Ermis.
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