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Atascosa County followed suit with the rest of Texas and turned out for early voting in record numbers. The 2018 mid-term election total ballot casts (unofficial) were 12,282 with 7,704 early voters, 688 by mail and 4,489 on election day. For the 2016 Presidential election for the early voting was 8,336 and election day voting was 5,521 for a total of 13,857 according to Atascosa County Elections Administrator Janice Ruple. Ruple added that in the 2014 Governor’s race the total number of voters was 7,605.

While the dust has not begun to settle from this heated election, it strongly appears that Atascosa County had a successful election both with the numbers and the ease of voting with the new electronic voting machines.

The election may be over, but the work for the candidates has just begun. Stay in tune and in touch with the candidates that were voted into office and to public servant positions. With your vote, you hired them. So, in the words of Senator Pete Flores at his swearing in ceremony, “You’re the boss and I am here to serve you.” If your elected officials are not living up to their promises, let them know. Likewise, when they do a great job and keep their word, let them know.

Thank you Atascosa County for showing up to vote. To me, that is showing true love for your community. My prayer is that people will get off social media fighting about politics and go out into their community and serve, volunteer and make a difference. Voting and volunteering are two great ways to make lasting and impactful change in your community. Please make plans to attend the City of Pleasanton Parks & Recreation First Step Volunteer Fair Day on Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Whether you are a group that needs volunteers or you want to learn more about all the volunteer opportunities locally, attend this fair. You will be able to connect with the people, non-profits, churches and advocacy agencies that help make our city and community great. For more information, go to the Parks and Recreation Facebook page or call the Pleasanton Civic Center at (830) 569-5904.

NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may E-mail her at nwilkersonholmes@pleasantonexpress.com.

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