By Ramiro Guzman/Contributor
Conexion Del Rio/Newsroom
Del Rio, Texas – With some heated local races in the Republican primary 2,790 citizens, just less than 10% of the registered voters, made their voices heard in the GOP election.
Although the ballot listed several options for the position of President and Unites States Senator there was never any doubt that Donald J. Trump and Incumbent Senator John Cornyn will be at the top of the Republican ticket in November.
With the retirement of Congressman Will Hurd the outcome of the congressional race is less clear. A total of nine candidates are competing to face Gina Ortiz Jones, the winner of the Democratic primary. Tony Gonzales (28%) will face Raul Reyes (23%) in the May 26th primary runoff election.
Peter P. “Pete” Flores was unopposed in his primary for State Senate District 19 and will face the winner of the Democratic Primary. In the State House District 74 race Ruben Falcon of Ft. Stockton (54%) beat Robert Garza of Del Rio (46%) to win the Republican nomination and face the Democratic winner, Eddie Morales.
The Republican nominee for the District Judge of the 63rd Judicial district was between Roland Andrade and Todd A. “Tadeo” Durden. Mr. Andrade received 63% of the votes and will be facing F. David Ortiz in the November general election.
Another heated race was between incumbent District Attorney Michael “Mike” Bagley and current City Attorney Suzanne West. With no Democratic candidates in this race, Suzanne West with 62% of the vote will be the next District Attorney for the 63rd Judicial District.
The only contested races at the precinct level for the Republican primary were in Precinct 3 where the two current incumbent each drew a primary opponent. For County Commissioner incumbent Robert Beau Nettleton was re-elected with 797 votes defeating challenger Reagan Fagan (705 votes).
Steve Berg, the current Precinct 3 constable received 768 votes to defeat challenger Michael Wancho (750 votes).
With no Democratic candidates in the Precinct 3 races both incumbents will go on to server another 4-year term.