By CHRISTINA R. GARZA
Incumbent Mickey Furcron defeated Raul “Cowboy” Loera, Jr. for Trustee Place 3 by 138 votes with 294 votes for Furcron and 156 for Loera. Furcron has served on the board for 18 years.
The Point Isabel Independent School District is facing major changes. In February, the school board unanimously voted to re-align Port Isabel’s Garriga and Derry Elementary schools as pre-kindergarten to fifth grade campuses. Garriga currently teaches grades pre-kinder through second grade while Derry teaches third grade through fifth. The new alignment would take place over the next two years in an effort to transform Point Isabel’s elementary schools into “community” elementary schools.
The school board also faces economic challenges. “Point Isabel Independent School District sends 58 cents of every dollar back to Austin,” Furcron said.
Saturday’s election proved a success for Olga Vega-Carter who ran unopposed for Trustee Place 4 with a total of 237 votes.
Merced “Boy” Cantu, III ran unopposed for Trustee Place 5 with a total of 267 votes.
The Town of Bayview held a general election Saturday as well. Tom Rodino was elected mayor by a majority vote of 51 votes. Garry Lowder was appointed Board of Aldermen Place 1; William Hooton was elected Board of Aldermen Place 2. A runoff election for Board of Aldermen Places 4 and 5 will be held in June.
Scott Stachowiak, Roger McCord and Edward Morris are candidates in the Aldermen Place 4 election. Leon Deason, Ruben Treviño, and Richard Meyn are candidates in the Alderman Place 5 election.