By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS
The make-up of the Laguna Vista Town Council was changed by one, after the election ballots were counted Saturday night.
Challenger Nadine Smith upset incumbent Richard Hinojosa for Place 6 in the Municipal Election, with a 44-vote margin, garnering 302 votes to Hinojosa’s 258.
Hinojosa, a retired bank president, had served several terms on the Council. He was a proponent of commercial development for the Town, and he was an opponent of commercial use of the Laguna Vista Marina by fishing guides who, he said, should be paying a higher rate since they are making money on a marina owned by the Town.
Smith is a stay-at-home mom, married with three children, and three dogs. She completed a premed degree majoring in cardiology with the intentions of going to medical school. However, she instead married and moved to Texas. She previously served on the Town’s Parks and Recreation Board and the Library Board as well as other local organizations.
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