Recount confirms Alvarez as City Council winner (Video)

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

May 24, 2012 at 12:24 a.m.
Updated May 25, 2012 at 12:25 a.m.

The two District 1 Victoria City Council candidates were separated by a three-vote margin, a recount confirmed Thursday evening.

Former City Councilwoman Denise Rangel will not return to the Council, and Emett Alvarez will keep the seat he won by three votes on May 12.

The recount began shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday at the county elections administration office, 111 N. Glass St., and the result was announced about 6:30 p.m.

Alvarez said he has already started working as a councilman. He took office May 15.

"The process went very smooth and the results stayed the same," Alvarez said. "It was a very close race."

He said he respects the voting process.

"We went back and checked it and the numbers all stayed the same," he said. "We have a very good voting system, and I want to congratulate George Matthews for having a fail-proof system."

Alvarez won in a 383-380 vote that triggered Rangel's recount petition.

Mayor Will Armstrong appointed Carolyn Bullock, Jo Ann Lau and Lori Williamson to the recount committee.

Rangel said the process "went as expected."

"We did what we needed to do," she said. "Three votes is really close, and I am glad of the campaign that I ran. I know that the city will continue on."

Each candidate was allowed two representatives to oversee the recount.

Alvarez brought Jerry Nobles and Dale Zuck. Rangel brought John Griffin and Viola Saenz.

Matthews said the recount went "relatively well."

He said for his office, results pretty much stay the same during a recount.

Armstrong said the process was interesting.

"It is satisfying to have this behind us," he said. "I congratulated Mr. Alvarez, and I'll be looking forward to working with him in his seat as a councilman."

Armstrong said he expects more "interesting and fun things" to deal with as the council continues working together.

"But we have a lot of opportunity," he said.



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