EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Unofficial final results are in for the May 1 Uniform Election in El Paso and some of the biggest races were for board seats on the El Paso Independent School District and the Socorro Independent School District boards of trustees.
Four seats were up for grabs in both the EPISD and SISD races.
In EPISD District 1, Leah Hanany took the lead with 50 percent of votes and Arturo Dominguez is in second with 27 percent of votes. In District 3, Josh Acevedo led with 70 percent of votes, with Leslie Hoard trailing with 27 percent. Isabel Hernandez led in District 4 with 59 percent of votes and Betty Ann Halliburton following with 17 percent. In District 5, Israel Irrobali led with 48 percent and Cordia Betts followed with 17 percent.
In SISD District 2, Cynthia Najera has taken the lead with 52 percent of votes and Veronica Esparza came in with 26 percent. In District 3, Ricardo Castellano held 48 percent of the vote, with Angelica Rodriguez trailing behind with 43 percent. In District 4, Paul Guerra led the race with 65 percent of the vote. Paul Barrera led District 5 with 52 percent of the vote over Gary Gandara with 48 percent.
Runoff elections are expected for those races where none of the candidates received 51 percent of the vote.
SISD officials will also need to call a separate election to fill the seat of a trustee who resigned from his position more than a week ago.
Paul Garcia, whose term was set to end in 2023, announced his resignation on Facebook on April 21. He thanked his supporters in a post, saying that he was leaving for personal reasons. It’s still not clear when the district will call the election to replace Garcia.
Unofficial final results, as of 9:37 p.m. on Saturday, are below:
Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District
For – 333
Against – 139
The issuance of $225,000,000 bonds for the construction, repair and replacement of waterworks system and sanitary sewer system and the levy of taxes adequate to provide for payment of the bonds.
For – 306
Against – 170
The issuance of $225,000,000 refunding bonds for the refunding of any bonds outstanding at the time of issuance and the levy of taxes adequate to provide for payment for the returning bonds.
Town of Horizon City
For – 315
Against – 78
The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the Town of Horizon City, Texas, at the rate of one-fourth (1/4) of one percent (1%) to continue providing revenue for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets.
El Paso County Emergency Services District No. 1
For – 604
The adoption of a local sales and use tax in El Paso County Emergency Services District No. 1 at a rate not to exceed one and one-half percent (1.5%) in any location in the district.
Total voter turnout = 3.60%
Ballots Cast – 7,823
Registered Voters – 217,404