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One race contested in city election

By Melissa Crowe
Feb. 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:07 p.m.


At least one city council seat will be contested in the May 12 election.

District 4 incumbent David Hagan is facing a challenge from Lewis Neitsch, president of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation board of directors and former city councilman, said city secretary Scarlet Swoboda.

Filing officially opened Saturday, but applications were not accepted until regular office hours Monday. Since then, three other Victorians have submitted their application to run for city council. The local election is not affected by the state's redistricting maps issue.

Mayor pro tem Paul Polasek is seeking re-election for the District 3 position he has held since 2006, while Josephine Soliz is seeking District 2 after her son, Gabriel Soliz, who currently holds the office, filed for county commissioner.

Incumbent Denise Rangel is seeking another term at the District 1 seat.

Swoboda said filing is open through 5 p.m., March 5, at the city secretary's office, 105 W. Juan Linn St.

"Usually the first week is the busiest or the last couple of days," she said. "Historically, that's the way it's been ... There haven't been a lot of (election) packets asked for, so I don't know" if more will file.

Victoria Independent School District has two open school board positions.

Incumbents Ross Mansker, District 4, and Estella De Los Santos, District 2, have filed for re-election.

Filing is open through March 5 at the VISD Administration Building, 102 Profit Drive.

Carol Mueller, secretary to the superintendent, said not many people have picked up election packets.

"We've only had two file," Mueller said. "So far it's pretty quiet."

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