The unofficial results are in for both General Elections held May 4th for Poteet and Pleasanton. The results, which included both mail in and day of votes, are being canvassed tonight.
Willie Leal Jr. won the Poteet mayoral race with 387 votes against incumbent, Albert Trevino who received 89 votes.
“I am honored to have been elected Mayor for the City of Poteet,” said Leal. “I want to thank everyone who voted for me and also those who couldn’t vote but provided their support. I want everyone to know I will be working for all the citizens of Poteet. I will do my best to represent the City of Poteet as Mayor with honor and integrity. I will perform my duties with the best interest in mind for the citizens of Poteet.”
Mayor-elect Leal said that he plans to do research into some of the citizens’ concerns. He said he will have proposals to the council to address some of the concerns at the June city council meeting. “I encourage all the citizens of Poteet to attend the next town hall meeting organized by some of the church leaders in Poteet,” said Leal. The town hall meetings are not official city meetings but the mayor and city council members attend. The purpose is to provide citizens with access to the city’s leaders and staff. The meeting is conducted in an informal questionanswer format in an effort to provide insight and possibly resolve some of the citizens’ concerns.
Leal said that he will be available via phone, text and email and will disseminate his official contact information as soon as he has the information. He said that he will also have a comment box in city hall so citizens can leave written comments. “I will have sole control of the box’s contents to preserve its integrity,” said Leal. “I look forward to hearing from the citizens of Poteet to address their concerns and best service the city’s needs. Again, I want thank all of my supporters for their vote of confidence.”
Poteet City Council Member, Place 4 went to local business owner Richard V. Castillion with 244 votes beating out Jeremy Fernandez with 214. Castillion said that his motivation to run for city council was because of his love for the city. Castillion owns Cricket and Biggs Pizza plus has ownership in Poteet Country Winery along with Jim Collums. “I feel I can help the city move forward with its business decisions,” said Castillion. “There is much room to grow and I would love to be a part of that and so many projects that lie ahead. Every day there are decisions being made on projects that need experience. I encourage citizens who have concerns or issues to come see me at my place of business where my door is open seven days a week. I can give those concerns or issues immediate attention.”
Poteet City Council Member, Place 5 was won by Jesse Leal with 262 votes to Walter Alaniz’ 203. Leal states that he will apply his innate leadership skills and work experience to bettering the community and giving back to the city he has called home his entire life.
“I believe my leadership skills, 24 years of law enforcement and legal background, combined with the respect and genuine interest I have for the City of Poteet and its future, make me the ideal candidate for Poteet City Council.”
The Poteet Independent School District had a high turn out with Margie O. Martinez winning Place 6 with 562 votes to incumbent Louis L. Vasquez’ 256.
“I would like to express my gratitude for the overwhelming support from our community, which has given me the opportunity to serve Poteet ISD as a newly elected school board member,” said Martinez. “I am truly blessed to be enabled to partner with our community, with a heart focused on the educational welfare and needs of all our school children, in support of the vision of the board, which is to achieve this goal. Thank you for entrusting me with this endeavor.”
Martinez retired from Poteet ISD after 24 years of service as a support staff employee. While an employee of Poteet ISD, she stated that she was committed and supportive of the faculty, staff and administrators, building a strong relationship based on trust and loyalty. She said that as a campus secretary, it was her priority to assist the parents, grandparents and guardians of our students, treating them with respect and fairness. She said that her goal as a Poteet ISD School Board member is to give every student a highquality education based on their needs.
Diego Puente won PISD School Board, Place 7 with 444 votes to Carlos Zuniga, Jr.’s 371. Puente currently holds Place 7 on the Poteet ISD school board and has a son who is a freshman at Poteet High School. Puente said that he is part of a united board who work together with proven success both financially and academically. “Our community deserves a transparent and resourceful school board to improve our school system, support our teachers and provide our children with quality education,” said Puente. “A strong school district is the foundation for the success of our children and our community. We need to continue to create learning opportunities to keep students in our district and attract others to join Poteet”.
For the Pleasanton ISD General Election, Gerald P. Guerra, District 2 earned 93 votes to beat out incumbent Edward Zamarripa who received five votes. Guerra previously served on the board from 2005 to 2014. “My main focus for serving on the board are the students, the staff and having academic excellence in the classroom,” said Guerra, a graduate of Pleasanton High School. “I truly believe that we should invest in our employees and their needs. As for our students, they deserve the best teachers and administrators. Therefore, I will devote my time to ensure that both students and employees prevail beyond expectation.”
Ralph Unger won Pleasanton ISD School Board, District 5 with 42 votes over incumbent Jimmy Zuniga who received 10 votes. Unger has been an educator for 36 years, with over half of those years serving as PHS band director. “I believe that I have a perspective that few on the current board have experienced,” said Unger. “I have also lived here in Pleasanton for 29 years. My wife and I have two girls who attended Pleasanton ISD from kindergarten through graduation. I have experience working with a budget and, as a former band director, have had to make them stretch to create an outstanding program.”