Early voting was brisk for the General Election. According to Election Administrator Janice Ruple, 6,078 voted early. An additional 69 voted early on the Presidential Limited Ballot.
Out of 24,794 registered voters in Atascosa County, 13,231 turned out for this Presidential Election in Atascosa County. That is 53.36 percent – a number that has not been that high in the last two elections.
Election Judge Ray Briseno was at the Pleasanton Fire Station and commented “Voting has gone very well. It has been slow so far, but we are expecting it to get busy closer to 7 p.m.”
Our county elected Mitt Romney in the Presidential race with the voting information received late Tuesday night.
Local Contested Races
Local contested races had the best turnout especially the races for Atascosa County Sheriff, Commissioners and Constables.
Atascosa Co. Sheriff
Atascosa voters showed up at the polls to elect their new sheriff, something that has not been done in 40 years.
David Soward won over Eliseo Perez by 335 votes. Soward received 6466 votes. Perez received 6131 votes.
Soward commented “I’m very pleased with tonight’s outcome. We worked hard for 18 months to get to where we are. I would like to thank all the voters who went to the polls in this election. I’m looking forward to serving all the citizens of Atascosa County.”
Incumbent County Commissioner Pct. 1 Lonnie Gillespie (R) kept his seat with 1465 votes. David Caballero (D) received 1294.
Percy Medina (D), incumbent Constable for Pct. 1 won over Adam MacKinley (R). Medina received 1625 while MacKinley received 1097.
Constable for Precinct 2 went to Edward “Ed” Richter (R). Richter received 1516 votes while incumbent Tony Saucedo (D) received 1313 votes.
Ted Cruz (R) received 7140 votes to Paul Sadler’s (D) 4877 votes for U. S. Senator. John Myers (L) received 237 and David B. Collins received 121 votes.
U.S. Representative, District 28 incumbent Henry Cuellar (D) kept his office with 6548 votes, William R. Hayward (R) 5600. Patrick Hisel (L)
LOCAL CONTESTED RACES
|Eliseo||Perez (D)………………. 6131|
|County||Commissioner Pct. 1|
|David||Caballero (D)………. 1294|
|Constable Pct. 1|
received 175 and Michael D. Cary (G) received 88 votes.
In the State Senator, Dist. 19 race, incumbent Carlos Uresti (D) lost to Michael Berlanga (R) with Berlanga receiving 6135 votes to Uresti’s 5560 votes.
State Representative, Dist. 31 incumbent Ryan Guillen (D) lost to Ann Matthews (R). Guillen’s votes totaled 5229 while Matthew’s totaled 6820.
Uncontested Races results
Local uncontested candidates were: Rene Pena, District Attorney, 81st Judicial District received 8043 votes; Lucinda A. Vickers, Atascosa County Attorney received 8225 votes, Loretta D. Holley, Tax Assessor-Collector received 9002 votes; Freddie Ogden, County Commissioner, Pct. 3 (2305 votes) and Rick Luna, Constable, Pct. 3 (2373 votes) and William “Bill” Meadows Constable, Pct. 4 received 3106 votes.
These results are unofficial until they are canvassed.