Morales wins Democratic nod for Goliad commissioner, Precinct 2

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

March 4, 2014 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

GOLIAD - Alonzo Morales received the Democratic Party nomination for Goliad County commissioner, Precinct 2, on Tuesday night.

He beat Goliad City Councilman Lionel Garcia by 16 votes.

Morales said he was "ecstatic" about the results.

Morales is in his first term as Precinct 2 county commissioner. He has been a Goliad firefighter for 34 years.

Morales said he campaigned for the election by knocking on doors and making phone calls.

He said he will do the same thing for the general election.

For those people who voted for the other candidate, Morales has one message:

"Please support me for the general election."

Public trust may have played a role in Tuesday's election. Last year, Garcia became part of a state investigation into the mishandling of Goliad tax dollars.

Garcia received one of the 13 municipal grant or loan contracts issued since 2008, which were mismanaged by the city. He still owes Goliad more than $22,800 of a $31,128 economic development loan to start a self-serve laundromat, according to a Goliad Municipal Development District account balance calculation Monday. The loan did not create any new jobs.

Morales will face Republican Richard Ball in the Nov. 4 general election. Ball was uncontested in the GOP primary election.



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