Primary Election turnout sluggish

The Primary Election did not see very many voters in Atascosa County. Only 3,945 came out for the election – a mere 8.41 percent of registered voters in our county.

Atascosa County Democrats elected Barack Obama (862) while Republicans chose Mitt Romney (1,738) as their Presidential candidate.

Local contested races had the best turnout especially the Republican Primary race for Atascosa County Sheriff and Precincts 2 and 4 Constables.

These results are unofficial until they are canvassed.

Winning the spot for the Republican party for Atascosa County Sheriff is David Soward with 1,917 votes. His opponent, Johnny Vermaercke Salazar received 735 votes.

Soward will face Democract Eliseo Perez (1,044 votes) in November.

Constable for Precinct 2 went to Edward “Ed” Richter with 303 votes. Opponent Jose “Martin” Perez received 160 votes.

Richter will run against Tony Saucedo (114 votes) this fall.

The Precinct 4 Constable race was decided with this election as there was no Democrat running. William “Bill” Meadows won with 585 votes. Incumbent Rex Newman received 447 votes.

David Dewhurst (1,106) will face Paul Sadler (418) for U. S. Senator in November.

In uncontested races within their party the following candidates will be on the November ballot.

U.S. Representative, District 28 incumbent Henry Cuellar (994), Democrat will face William R. Hayward (1,926), Republican.

In the State Senator, Dist. 19 race, incumbent Carlos Uresti (867) Democrat will be challenged by Michael Berlanga (1,809), Republican.

State Representative, Dist. 31 incumbent Ryan Guillen (802) Democrat will face Ann Matthews (1,974) Republican.

Incumbent County Commissioner Pct. 1 Lonnie Gillespie (407) Republican will be challenged by former Commissioner David Caballero (246), Democrat.

Percy Medina, incumbent Constable for Pct. 1 (264 votes) Democrat will go up against Adam MacKinley (336).

Local uncontested candidates were:


Rene Pena, District Attorney, 81st Judicial District (908 votes); Lucinda A. Vickers, Atascosa County Attorney (890 votes); Freddie Ogden, County Commissioner, Pct. 3 (352 votes); Rick Luna, Constable, Pct. 4 (349 votes) and Democrat County Chair Rosa R. Elkins (844 votes).


Loretta D. Holley, Tax Assessor-Collector (2,132 votes) and Republican County Chair, Texas Moore (2007 votes).

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