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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    • Gladys on May 20, 2015 at 9:41 pm
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    Former Employee: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. How dare you say that the people we elected are a joke.
    Well look again. The two new board members won handily.
    And yes, WE HAVE SPOKEN!

    • That One on May 20, 2015 at 9:25 pm
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    Old Man: You are soooo right. The SB People have spoken… move on

  1. Newsflash,
    You are correct, the district has been self funded for years and the employees were getting taken advantage of so the board members(joe, medrano, etc) would benefit.. Mud employees know to well the games these characters played with the insurance for their self gain.. Don’t worry newly elected super board we ( several professionals) will be leaving the district and your fund balance will be semi-healthy again. This school district is a total joke starting with the board members elected…!!!!

    • Sore Losers!! on May 19, 2015 at 1:26 am
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    Oh my. Lies, lies lies. Tsk tsk tsk. Typical of you people to blame joe. He wasn’t even on the board when that hill guy was hired. And joes family needs to be held accountable? For what? Unlike some former board members’ family, they actually work and mind their own business. Just leave that family be. Quit being sore losers.

  2. @ Do the Math
    Everything was healthy when Limon was running the show; for example, great academic scores, healthily financial budget and staffed appropriately. Sure, it takes a newly hired super to let the cat out of the bag and contradict everything Limon said.. By the way, sloppy Joe hired the famous insurance agent Glin Hiller.. What need to happen is Sloppy Joe’s family members who work for the district should be held accountable like everyone else and not just there to collect a pay check..

      • Old Man on May 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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      If I remember correctly Superintendent Puig put out a report and a consultant from TEA agreed that the district had a very healthy fund balance for four years, but on the 5th year it went down 10 to 12 million. That was the year that the superintendent was suspended. Reality, if you want to blame anyone for Hiler, blame the t-shirt vendor/ board member wanna be that was the puppet master, and the past board president that wanted a certain insurance vendor at any cost.. Now that Reality does Bite……

    • Newsflash! on May 16, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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    Newsflash! SBCISD has been self-funded for many MANY years and NEVER did it cost the district 12 million dollars! We are in this situation because of selfish people like the infamous FOUR that insisted in that agent. Horrible!

    • Just do it on May 15, 2015 at 11:30 pm
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    @ Do The Math- seriously are you think that the agent and the company caused the bad fund balance, do your homework (self insurance) did it, and the insurance committee that still kept the managed care plan (committee – Lorenzo Sanchez, Emma McCall, Glenn Hiller, another consultant from Corpus and the famous purchasing guy, Adrian Garcia who of course continues to get all selected vendors to sponsor his purchasing seminar every year at the island. How convenient, this makes me go hmmm!

      • Do the Math on May 20, 2015 at 9:54 am
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      It’s funny you talked about homework. How about you do yours. Since Mr. Gonzalez is back, let’s go with him on this one. From 1998 until 2011, tell me how bad self insurance was for the district? How many times did self insurance deplete our fund balance? You seem to know everything “Just do it”, so again tell me.

      Fact is none of this mess happened until we went from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to this Cracker Jack coverage.

      You can name Emma McCall, Adrian Garcia, Glen Hillyer all you want they don’t have final say on these decisions. At the end of the day Yliana, Fatima, Julian, and June voted for this insurance. And then the very next year Yliana, Fatima, Angel and Arnold voted on this.

      The only ones opposed to this insurance were Anna Cruz, Oscar Medrano, and Hector Leal.

      And FYI, not every vendor sponsors Adrian Garcia’s seminar.

    • Juan on May 15, 2015 at 8:32 am
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    Only way out of this mess,is for the TEA to take it over,it should have been done long ago,In normal cities it would have been done long ago.They will run the school system the way it should be run,they will be from out of town,so the local influence will be stopped.
    Pretty sad, these grown adults are suppose to be setting an example for the kids.

  3. How interesting Joe G and his supporters continue to bring up Bob Trevino. Trust me, Bob Trevino will be pushed back on as the agent of record because he financed Joe G’s campaign. These guys are so predictable and the voters selected him back on the school board. Total joke, seriously.. Trust me this district will go down with this board at the helm..

      • Do the Math on May 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm
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      Lets see….

      Bob Trevino + BlueCross = healthy fund balance

      Salazar Insurance + cracker jack company = bad fund balance, RIF, TEA taking over, community divided, people laid off, people not laid off wanting to leave the district anyway

      I think it’s pretty simple here. Any questions?

      Awaiting snarky remarks……..

    • Lighten Up on May 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm
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    Denny – lighten up! Click on the link. It is indeed a funny coincidence (for lack of a better word)

    • Juan Ocha on May 11, 2015 at 8:14 am
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    According to the results posted on the Cameron County web site:

    I couldn’t help but notice the total number of votes Yliana received. Coincidence? What are the odds?

      • Jose on May 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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      Poetic justice. Nothing about that individual was positive, all the way down the her vote total that ended her tenure. Fitting.

      • Denny Crane, Jr. on May 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm
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      The election is over…….Give it a break and focus on the future!

        • Juan Ocha on May 11, 2015 at 6:09 pm
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        Yliana and her friends said the exact same thing just after the insurance letter wrongdoing came to light…

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