Generic Election

A man who voted to retain disgraced U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold as the lobbyist is now fighting to retain his seat on the board of the Calhoun Port Authority.

Incumbent Dell Weathersby, 65, who represents District 2, will face Jasper “Jay” Cuellar, 63, in the May 4 election.

“I’ve known Dell for a lot of years. I think for the most part, he tries to have the community’s interest at heart, but I’m afraid in this circumstance, with Blake Farenthold and the other issues facing the port, he and I disagree,” Cuellar said in an interview with the Victoria Advocate on Monday.

Cuellar is the human resources manager at Seadrift Coke. He said he served for 10 years as Point Comfort city councilman, where one of his responsibilities was overseeing the installation of a water system that served Simplot Grower Solutions, the Calhoun Port Authority and Formosa’s power plant. He now lives in Port Lavaca.

Board candidates’ names were drawn from an envelope at the Calhoun Port Authority on Monday afternoon to determine the order in which they will appear on the ballot.

Weathersby will appear before Cuellar on the ballot.

For board member for District 4, the ballot will have Alvin Bland, 75, followed by Luis De La Garza, 59; Paul Lauterbach, 63; Randy L. Boyd, 59; and Roger Hochgraber, 66.

Boyd is the incumbent.

J.C. Melcher Jr., 73, who represents District 3 on the board, was also up for re-election but will not face any challengers.

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Jessica Priest reports on the environment and Calhoun County for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6521.

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Jessica Priest worked for the Victoria Advocate from August 2012-September 2019, first as the courts reporter and then as the environment/investigations reporter. Read her work now at

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