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Incumbent Kennedy wins GOP primary for Victoria County treasurer

By Melissa Crowe
March 4, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

Victoria County treasurer candidate Sean Kennedy waits for the first voting results at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center meeting room after the polls closed.

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING

denotes winner

ZELLER3,686 (57%)

POZZI2,802 (43%)

WERNER1,092 (18%)

ERNST5,084 (82%)

KENNEDY3,800 (61%)

HERNANDEZ2,427 (39%)

MILLER938 (55.5%)

ZEPLIN752 (44.5%)

100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING

denotes winner

CASTILLO274 (44%)

ESTRADA353 (56%)

Incumbent Sean Kennedy easily won Tuesday in the Republican primary for Victoria County treasurer.

He will represent the party in the Nov. 4 general election against Democratic Party candidate Jennifer R. Foster, a 59-year-old Victoria College librarian.

"I'd like to thank my supporters, my family and everyone who came out and voted," Kennedy, a 57-year-old two-term incumbent, said. "I'm looking forward to the general election in November."

His opponent, Lisa Hernandez, a 51-year-old banker, extended congratulations to him and said she felt blessed by many friends and supporters.

"I'm not a sore loser; I'm not that type of person," Hernandez said. "It was a great learning experience for me, and I enjoyed meeting so many great people in Victoria County. It's hard to beat an incumbent, and I knew that going in."

During numerous forums and debates, Hernandez's platform focused on finding higher-earning investments for the county's $12 million reserve funds.

Kennedy said the investments were safe, legal and earning as much as they can.

He said that was the strongest aspect of his campaign.

"I think the voters listened and understood my points," he said. They saw "my lifelong experience as well as my time in office that I bring to the position."

The annual salary for treasurer is $77,758.

"I'm honored to serve all taxpayers of Victoria County," Kennedy said.

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