Garcia, Ramos head to runoff for Victoria Democratic commissioner; incumbent ousted
By BY MELISSA CROWE - MCROWE@VICAD.COM
May 29, 2012 at 12:29 a.m.
The six-person race for the Democratic Party nomination of the Precinct 1 commissioner seat is now down to two candidates.
While Danny Garcia and Annie Ramos received the most votes, neither received the needed 50 percent of the votes to move forward to the November general election.
In complete, but unofficial results, Garcia received 587 votes, or 39.74 percent, to Ramos' 373 votes, or 25.25 percent.
They will face each other in a runoff July 31.
The other four contestants and their votes were incumbent Kenny Spann, 197, or 13. 3 percent; Kenneth Wells, 86 votes, or 5.8 percent; Gabriel Soliz, 80 votes, or 5.4 percent; and Chris Rivera, 154 votes, or 10.4 percent.
The winner of the run-off will face Republican Party nominee Tony Mallette in the November general election.
Garcia, a retired Texas Department of Transportation official, said everything just "fell in place."
"We're planning our strategy for July 31," he said. "We're already back to work."
Ramos, former Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, said she was not 100 percent confident because she joined the race in April.
"I didn't start in December like all the other candidates did. I started late," she said. "I didn't feel that I had the winning touch because of that."
She said she is glad people came out and voted for her.
According to complete but unofficial results, 1,468 Victoria voters cast ballots in this precinct; in the full county Democratic Party primary, 4,549 voted.
Incumbent Kenny Spann, who took office in January 2009, will finish his term. A new commissioner will take office Jan. 1.