PISD bond passes

Poteet elects new mayor

Voter turn-out could always be better, but those who cast their ballots unseated several incumbents. The unofficial results for the elections held in Pleasanton and Poteet follow.

Pleasanton ISD

After two failed bond elections, it seemed that the third time was the charm. Pleasanton ISD voters passed the $63 million bond proposition.

It received 54.81 percent of the votes with 780 voting for and 643 voting against.

District 7 elected a new representative on the school board. Pete J. Pawelek received 144 votes. Incumbent Ami Powell received 77.

“I want to thank all of the people who came out to vote in this bond and school board election. We are going to move the Pleasanton School District forward. We have the Long Range Committee’s plan and we are going to start putting it into action. We will improve the educational experience for every child in the district by touching every campus,” said Dr. Matthew Mann, Pleasanton Superintendent.

“This bond will help to create safe, healthy, and interactive learning environments. We will reduce overhead operating costs through more energy efficient systems. This will help guide us into a brighter future for our children and our community,” he continued.

City of Pleasanton

Three out of four amendments to the Home Rule Charter in Pleasanton passed.

Voted down was the amendment that would have increased the amounts of compensation of councilmembers (from $20 to $250) and mayor (from $30 to $300) per regular Council meeting attended. It received 120 votes in favor, 153 against.

The “Terms of Office” amendment passed changing terms to three years instead of two, with a limit of two consecutive terms with no more than a total of four terms as a councilmember and up to another four terms as mayor. Voting for were 152, against 125.

It will take effect with the May, 2015 election and applies to anyone serving in office from that time forward.

The Director of Finance Power and Duties amendment was voted in. A subparagraph was added to assist the City Manager in carrying out the financial duties.

Also passed was the ability to increase the limit for Contracts for City Improvements from $5,000 to $25,000.

All of the amendments were presented to the council by a special review committee who researched and recommended the changes to be made. The council then approved to add them to the ballot for citizen’s approval.

Voter turn-out could always be better, but those who cast their ballots unseated several incumbents. The unofficial results for the elections held in Pleasanton and Poteet follow.

City of Poteet

Poteet will have a new mayor. Richard Tuttle Sr.’s votes tallied 271 to Larry Cantu’s 136.

Rosalinda De La Fuente defeated Rick Flores in the council’s Place 4 race. She received 319 votes and Flores had 89.

Incumbent Denise Sanchez kept her Place 5 position by getting 234 votes. Vanessa Saylor received 173.

Poteet ISD

The district had three seats up for election. Voters could vote for each one.

Place 3 incumbent Henry S. Ortiz kept his position by receiving 335 votes. His opponent, Bernardo J. Aguilar, received 299.

Incumbent Steven C. Estrada lost his Place 4 seat to Jo Marie Aguilar Cervantez. Estrada received 278 and Cervantez received 358.

Yvette Navarro received the top amount of votes for Place 5 with 318. Pete Ochoa Jr. received 215 and Hector Vessi received 103.



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