Election Results

NEWS Staff Report

In the wake of all the San Benito CISD budget controversy over the past few months, this election season had turned into one of the most heated this city had seen in quite some time. Well, it’s all over and now it’s time to see if the new candidates can help reform some of the major issues within the District.

After last night’s election, there are now two new SBCISD board members. Joe G. Gonzalez won in overwhelming fashion garnering 50% of the vote with 1,268 votes to be named the new trustee in place 3. His competitors Yliana Gonzalez and Fatima Huerta got 26% and 23%, respectively. For trustee place 2, Anna Cruz narrowly edged Orlando Lopez by 42 votes, 1,282 to 1,240. Michael Vargas also won in convincing fashion over Rene Salinas, picking up 1,515 votes, to only 982 for Salinas.

In city elections, Esteban Rodriguez pulled in 1,024 votes over J.D. Penny’s 844 to take over the seat as Commissioner Place 3.

Meanwhile, Joe D. Gonzalez brought in 1,072 votes over Ely Garcia’s 829 to keep his position as Commissioner Place 4.

City of Rio Hondo Elections

Gustavo Olivares – 232
Alonzo Garza Sr. – 151

Proposition 1 – Extend term in office
For – 115
Against – 64

Proposition 2 – Sales Tax
For- 134
Against – 45



Rio Hondo ISD

Trustee Place 5
Buck Rhyner – 239
Alonzo Garza – 379
Robert Lopez – 332

Trustee Place 6 –
Manuel Flores Jr. – 500
Carlos Garza Jr. – 422

Trustee Place 7 –
Elisa Zuniga – 244
Joseph Lopez – 203
Rene Alfaro – 498


As per the City of Los Indios, the following results have been listed:

Ricardo “Rick” Cavazos                192
Salvador Mendoza                        61

Alderman, Place 2
Herminia “Minnie” Quintanilla   162

Alderman, Place 4
Rick Bennett                                   129






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