Generic Election

Longtime Calhoun Port Authority Board Chairman Randy Boyd now has four challengers for the May 4 election.

Alvin Bland, 75, is the latest to file for a place on the ballot to represent District 4 on the board currently held by Boyd.

Luis De La Garza, 59; Paul Lauterbach, 63; and Roger Hochgraber, 66, are also running for the seat.

Bland said he worked for Alcoa for 33 years before retiring in 1998. He said he has also owned nine apartments, a dump truck service and limousines. He did not agree with the board’s decision to hire Former U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold as a lobbyist. Farenthold resigned last month.

“My mother taught me a long time ago to be honest,” Bland said. “It’s easier to tell the truth than to tell a lie.”

District 2 and District 3 are also up for re-election, and both incumbents, Dell Weathersby and J.C. Melcher Jr., have now filed for re-election. Unlike Boyd, they did not have opponents as of Monday morning. Weathersby voted to retain Farenthold. Melcher voted to fire him.

Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The last day to file for election to the board is Feb. 15. Filing may be done in person at the port’s office, 2313 Farm-to-Market Road 1593, Point Comfort.

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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Environment/Investigations Reporter

Jessica Priest has done a little bit of everything since moving to Victoria in 2012. She was a regular fixture in the Crossroads’ historic courthouses, but now slathers on the sunscreen to report on the environment.

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